June 06, 2014

warm balsamic spinach salad with feta

  I love salads!  All of them.  However, sometimes I feel like I get into a rut with what I ingredients I use and the dressings I make, so I am always looking for new ideas.  I found this recipe, made a few adjustments, and loved it!  The warm dressing is my favorite part and the feta goes so well with the sweetness in the balsamic.  Add the sauteed mushrooms and onions... perfect!!

After a busy day this salad makes a great dinner, and is super easy to put together.  It makes a great main, or side dish, and can be topped with grilled chicken.

Servings 4-6
Total Time 20 min


  • 8 ounces spinach, torn into bite size pieces (any salad greens will work, I used spinach and arugula)
  • 1 purple onion, cut into thin strips
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for sauteeing veggies)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbles


1.  In large bowl, toss the salad greens
2.  Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic in a small bowl and whisk.

3.  In a large pan, over medium heat, add the olive oil.  When hot add the onions and saute 2 minutes, until starting to soften. Add mushrooms and cook 3-4 minutes, until mushrooms are soft and any liquid that releases is evaporated. Add dressing mixture and let come to a simmer, then pour immediately over spinach and toss.

4.  Serve the salads topped with feta.  Enjoy!!

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