Spinach Salad


This is my new favorite and it is so simple, it is almost criminal.  This dish was inspired by an old restaurant Rick and I used to love and was our favorite on special occasions.  The oceanfront restaurant had been the place we always went to for a romantic quiet evening.  Unfortunately, they don’t serve any healthy or vegetarian food so we haven’t been frequenting it lately.  They used to serve an awesome spinach salad topped with hot bacon dressing that I adored.  One day I must have been inspired and I decided to mix some real maple syrup with a little bit of soy sauce, heat it and serve it over a bed of fresh baby spinach.  Sitting around the dining room table listening to my children recant every event of the day did not take me back to our favorite restaurant, but the salad almost did.  Be creative with this salad, top it with your favorite toppings and remix the dressing to satisfy your sweet or salt tooth.



  • Maple syrup
  • Soy sauce
  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Cashews, pine nuts or pecans
  • Craisins or raisins or dried cherries


  1. Heat the maple syrup and soy sauce until warm. ( I usually use 3 parts maple syrup to 1 part soy sauce depending on if I want salty or sweet that day.)
  2. Fill your salad bowl with fresh spinach.
  3. Throw on your favorite toppings.
  4. Top with the maple syrup and soy sauce and serve immediately.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nancy Fahnestock March 31, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I have missed you and can’t wait to check out the new recipes! I am climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer, and raising money to help homeless and sick and injured animals in the area where I live. I need healthy foods to help me stay in shape so I can make it. Thanks so much for helping to keep me healthy!!


2 Gina April 1, 2010 at 3:16 am

We too loved a spinach salad at our favorite romantic place. We’ll have to try this one.


3 Elizabeth April 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

This sounds YUMMY! Can’t wait for fresh local spinach to show up.


4 Cindy Brand April 9, 2010 at 2:40 am

The maple and soy sauce sound good. My family loves spinach and would rather have it than regular lettuce in salads. The new site looks good so far and I am glad to hear from you. Thanks


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