09 Jul Summer Spinach Salad Recipe
About ten years ago, when my parents were somewhere in their seventies, before my Mom’s Alzheimer’s struck, my Dad was on a cookbook buying spree. I think he was trying to encourage her to try new recipes and foods. (wink, wink.) I could see what he was up to, and I had to chuckle. But, it wasn’t working. Probably because, as with many, dare I say … women of that age, cooking was getting OLD for her! I can’t blame her. Meanwhile, I was just hitting my stride. I was interested in trying new foods, and recipes for myself and my family. Long story short, guess who got all the cookbooks? Yup. And this summer spinach salad recipe was one of the first gems I discovered in the bunch. It’s an oldie, but goodie that I just love! I hope you will too.
Until now, I had not made it in over 10 years, but I could not forget it. The spinach, fresh corn, lime, jalapeño, and cilantro are such a delicious combination! All my favorite flavors in one bowl! Here are some of the ingredients …
The Healthy Main Ingredients
Spinach is commonly known as a superfood because it’s loaded with fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. It is a great source of many vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A C, K1, folic acid, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Tomatoes are an important source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been associated with many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also good for an ample supply of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
Cucumbers are high in beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. They also contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber. Eating cucumbers may aid in hydration, digestive regularity, and lower blood sugar levels.
Your Go-To Party Salad
This is the perfect entertaining salad because it makes a beautiful and colorful statement and has summer written all over it. It would pair well at your next barbeque, pizza party, picnic or potluck.Print
This is your quintessential summer salad! It’s healthy and bursting with flavor and fresh cut corn. Serve it alone or add a side of grilled anything. 🙂
4 ears of corn, husked, cleaned and boiled or frozen corn, thawed
2 cups spinach
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup cucumber, chopped
1/4 cup raw pistachios
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
Remove husks and silks from the corn. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil, then add 1 teaspoon of salt. Place corn in water and boil for 10 minutes, just until corn is tender. Drain and remove the corn from the water. Let cool. Carefully slice corn kernels off of cobs.
Add spinach, tomato, and cucumber to a large salad or serving bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice and honey until blended. Add jalapeno pepper, cilantro, and salt. Stir again. Pour dressing evenly over spinach mixture and gently fold. Sprinkle top with corn and pistachios. Serve and enjoy!
Keywords: Spinach, Salad, Dressing, Corn, Honey, Jalapeno, Cilantro, Pistachios, Tomato, Cucumber
I hope you enjoy all the flavors of this healthy spinach salad as much as I do. Let me know if you make it for your next gathering! Leave a comment below, or tag me @bebraveandbloom or use or #bebraveandbloom.
For More Information
Be sure to consult a registered and licensed dietitian, licensed nutritionist, or certified nutrition specialist if you have questions about ingredients and how they fit into your personal nutrition plan.