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Tender Romaine Lettuc, Spinach, bacon, cottage cheese, grated swiss cheese, and marinated mushrooms and red onion in a poppy seed dressing combine to make this spectacular Spinach Salad!

Spinach Salad

Okay all you leaf eaters… It’s Salad time! Time for this Amazing Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing!

Who loves a good salad? (I do, I do, I do!) I like to create or find salad recipes that are different or unusual.

It’s the perfect time of year for light cool refreshing salads! This is one of those salads! I got this recipe from my SIL long ago, and it is still one of my all-time favorite salad recipes! It truly has a “twist” that will make you go “huh?”…”really?”…” She wants me to add WHAT!”

How do I know this is how you will react? Because it is how I reacted, and it is exactly how my daughter reacted when she saw me add it to this salad.

I think her exact words were… “What the heck are ya doing adding that?!!” She was extremely skeptical but, in the end…the salad won! (I’d like to think it was my exceptional cooking skills that won but…it was the salad!)

Ingredients for a delicious Spinach and Mushroom Salad

Marinated Mushrooms and Onions

One unusual aspect of this salad is that you marinate red onion slices and mushrooms in the poppy seed vinaigrette dressing. I know…strange right? But, it is SO good!

This salad contains all the original favorites…lettuce, fresh spinach leaves, bacon crumbles and even grated Swiss cheese. Yum! (Bacon and Cheese! Hello!)

The real twist, beyond the marinated mushrooms and onions, is that it also contains 1 cup of cottage cheese! SAY WHAT? (I did warn you!)  And it’s great in the salad! (Mind blown)

All the ingredients blend together to make it one of the very best spinach salads you will ever taste!

This salad pairs well with any main dish but, particularly with grilled dishes. It’s a showstopper and I guarantee your guests will be asking for seconds. You may even find someone licking the bowl…just sayin’…

Spinach Salad with Bacon and Marinated Mushrooms


  • You make half of the recipe because it is a large recipe and this is one dish that doesn’t save well because of “pre-dressing” the salad.
  • Use a slotted spoon to scoop out the mushrooms and onion and then slowly adding the dressing a little bit at a time till you have the amount you want.
  • This makes a LOT of dressing, and it is too much for the salad. So, add and test…add and test…till you have the perfect amount! (It’s also a legit way to taste test and get away with it! Lol)

There you have it my leafy eaters. The best spinach salad! (In my humble opinion)

It really is worth the time and extra effort to make this salad. It’s a meal all alone or a great side dish to serve with grilled steaks grilled chicken, fish, etc. Heck…really with just about anything!

Have a great day…thanks for stopping by!

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Yield: 8-10 servings

Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad

This unique full flavored spinach salad. The marinated mushrooms and onions add to the amazing flavor of this salad. This salad pairs well with any main course dish or as a meal all on it's own!

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 package spinach leaves
  • 1 head of Romaine lettuce
  • 1 Cup cottage cheese
  • 3/4 pound grated Swiss Cheese
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 purple onion-thinly sliced rings cut in half
  • 3/4 lbs sliced fresh mushrooms


  • 1 1/2 TBS poppy seeds
  • 3/4 C White vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBS grated onion or onion flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard


  1. In a medium bowl mix together all the dressing ingredients. Add in slice mushrooms and slice red onions. Cover and marinate for 2 hours.
  2. Assemble remaining salad ingredients. Right before serving scoop out mushrooms and onions and add to salad. Drizzle with a small amount of dressing and toss. If more dressing is needed add more dressing and toss again.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 1/2 cups

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 820Total Fat: 66gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 48gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 1067mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 23gProtein: 27g

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Alicia Baldwin

Saturday 18th of June 2016

Looks and sounds amazing! Can't wait to try ?

Monday 20th of June 2016

When you do let me know how you like it! I think people are always a little taken back by the cottage cheese until they try it and then they are AMAZED! ;) Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment. I sure do appreciate it.

Laura Hall

Thursday 16th of June 2016

This is the best spinch salad I have eaten!

Thursday 16th of June 2016

Thanks for your feedback Laura! I am so glad you enjoyed it! :) It is a favorite at our house :) Makes you realize why Popeye had such an affinity for the stuff! lol


Thursday 16th of June 2016

This looks delicious! During the summer, I make a spinach lunch for myself similar to this but plainer! Spinach, cottage cheese, croutons, hard boiled eggs, shredded cheese and the declicious poppyseed dressing. I will for sure have to try this! Thank you for sharing.

Thursday 16th of June 2016

That sounds really good too Carrie! Thanks for sharing. The cottage cheese and spinach is such an amazing combination. I appreciate you stopping by! :)

Susan tuckett

Thursday 9th of June 2016

Yummmm. I love salads. This is getting added to my recipe book. Salads can be so dull, sometimes. This is a winner!! Printing it up, as I write this. Thanks for sharing.

Thursday 9th of June 2016

Thanks for stopping by and visiting Susan! Let me know how you like the salad. You are so right...sometimes salads can be very dull but, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by this one! Enjoy!

Laura Hall

Thursday 9th of June 2016

First of all, thank you for posting to my email. I am so excited when that happens. Now, I am drooling over that spinach salad. I can hardly wait to make it.

Thursday 9th of June 2016

Thanks for subscribing to our email list! I really appreciate your support! Let me know how you like this salad. It really is one of my all time favorites and I know you'll enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

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