Greek Spinach Salad Recipe

Posted in on the 16th September, 2012

Ingredients

  • 96 oz. baby spinach
  • 12 oz. sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 12 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 12 oz. kalamata olives, halved
  • 12 1-oz. portions Lemon Garlic Dressing
  • 1 red onion, julienne
  • 12 oz. pistachio nuts, shelled, toasted
  • Lemon Garlic Dressing:
  • 3 oz. Sunkist lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 oz. Sunkist orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 8 oz. olive oil
  • 2 oz. vegetable oil
  • 14 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. oregano, dried
  • as needed, black peppercorns, freshly ground
  • as needed, kosher salt

First courses, or appetizers, are for many customers the livin’ end. Your appetizer menu makes a great opening statement. With mix-and-match, small plates and sharing, appetizer courses have truly come of age. Among this month’s global appetizer recipes are ideas from Greece inspirations.

Of all the greens to lend themselves to entrees, none is so open to variations as favorite-spinach-either crisp in a salad or cooked. Following the still popular old-fashioned Greek Spinach Salad recipe with feta and Lemon Garlic dressing comes a new generation of spinach salads.

Greek Spinach Salad recipe Directions:

Prep salad ingredients and refrigerate or store in containers with tight-fitting lids for up to 12 hours.

  • Assemble each salad in this order: In a large bowl, toss together 8 oz. of spinach, 1 oz. sundried tomatoes, 1 oz. feta cheese, 1 oz. olives and 1 oz. Lemon Garlic Dressing.
  • Garnish with red onions and pistachios.
  • For dressing: In a blender, combine lemon juice, orange juice, olive oil, vegetable oil, mustard and garlic.
  • Cover and blend for 60 seconds.
  • Add oregano and black pepper.
  • Pulse to combine.
  • Pour in a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  • Before using, whisk well and season to taste with lemon juice, salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Original Greek Spinach recipe yield: 12 servings

Some tips for making superior Greek Spinach Salad:

When cooked, spinach lends its color and flavor to an infinite number of dishes.

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