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Fresh Colorado Spinach Salad with a Delicious Mustard Dressing

The following recipe is a quick family favorite of ours on a hot summer day when we get back from another Colorado farmers’ market:

Fresh Colorado Spinach Salad with a Delicious Mustard Dressing

Spinach Salad with a Mustard Dressing – Serves 6


  •              2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  •             ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  •             5 tablespoons heavy cream
  •             1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  •             1 teaspoon minced garlic
  •             ½ teaspoon salt
  •             1 tablespoon large grind black pepper
  •             ¼ cup olive oil

In a medium bowl, combine eggs, red wine vinegar, heavy cream, Dijon mustard, garlic salt, and pepper and whisk until smooth.  While continuing to whisk, slowly add olive oil.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to toss with salad.


  •              1 bunch of spinach, rinsed, drained, and refrigerated until crisp
  •             ½ pound bacon, fried crisp, drained, and crumbled (yep, everything tastes better with bacon)                
  •             1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (or provolone)
  •             1 can (8-ounces) sliced water chestnuts
  •             ½ cup black olives, sliced
  •             ½ cup green onions or red onion, sliced

 In a large bowl, combine spinach, crumbled bacon, cheese, water chestnuts, black olives, and onions.  Toss, add mustard dressing, and toss again until ingredients are evenly coated.


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It’s About the Spinach

SPINACH – Why Eat It?

Spinach, like most leafy greens, is loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamin K and iron.  Spinach is also rich in vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids.   Add in lutein and a couple of other big Scientist type words, like bioflavanoids, etc., and it’s a nutritional powerhouse.  Popeye ate his spinach, but honestly, why should you?

Well, the high calcium makes it a great choice for starters.  Add in a hefty dose of Vitamins A, C, K, fiber, folic acid, magnesium and other nutrients that help to control cancer, especially colon, lung and breast cancers.  Folate also lowers the blood levels of something called homocysteine, a protein that damages arteries.  So spinach also helps protect against heart disease.

Spinach’s secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as age related macular degeneration.  Foods rich in lutein are also thought to help prevent cancer.  So, we should all be eating lots of fresh, home grown spinach!