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April 07, 2010

This week for dinner- Spinach salad

spinach salad vinaigrette dressing
Technically this isn't a dinner, but it's a family favorite at our house and we eat it so much I figured it deserves it's own post.  PLUS it's a great way to use up your leftover hard boiled easter eggs!  It's actually one of the only salad's I'll eat!  My husband (the veggie eater in this relationship) loves it, of course.  But the surprise is my oldest!  She LOVES it.  In fact we've been known to BRIBE her with it.  "If you eat your ...(insert something not nearly as good for her here)...  you can have more salad".  True!  But we're trying to teach the kids to try a bit of everything so they won't totally insult someone if we go over for dinner.  So I use what they like to east, like this salad!  The salad itself is easy, the home made dressing really makes it!

Spinach Salad
9-10 oz baby spinach
6 hard boiled eggs sliced
Jar bacon bits
½ bag slivered almonds
Grated mozzarella cheese
Layer eggs, bacon bits, almonds and cheese between spinach

1 Tbsp red onion (about a ¼ of an onion)
¾ C white vinegar (I've also used rice vinegar and it works well)
1 C olive oil (you can use vegetable oil if you'd rather)
¾ C sugar
1 ½ tsp Salt
¾ tsp Dried mustard
1 ½ tsp poppy seeds
puree all ingredients, except the poppy seeds, in blender until it's well blended and you don't see any flecks of red onion.  Then just before serving add the poppy seeds, give it a short mix and serve!