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Easy Spinach Salad with Lemon Pine Nut Dressing

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This Spinach Salad with Pine Nut Dressing is an excellent side dish to have in your recipe files. Why? Well, because sometimes you need an uncomplicated dish to pair with a more complex main dish – one that will add color and flavor to the plate, but not compete with the star. This spinach salad does all that, plus it’s quick and easy to prepare. And, the Lemon Dressing is bright and fresh, with an unusual ingredient – nutmeg!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons choped fresh tarragon (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 2/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby spinach, rinsed and long stems removed


  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, nutmeg, lemon zest and tarragon. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, or up to one day.
  2. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, or up to one day.
  3. Place spinach leaves in a salad or other serving bowl and toss with half of the dressing. Add more as needed.
  4. Sprinkle pine nuts over the top. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.


To serve as a starter: Divide tossed spinach among 8 salad plates. Sprinkle pine nuts on top; season with salt and pepper. Can add sautéed goat cheese alongside (follow the method for Sautéed Brie substituting small rounds of goat cheese for the brie).

  • Author: Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: side dishes, salads
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American