Summer Spinach Salad with Tomato
Simple salads can be a life saver, especially when it’s time to get back into a routine for back-to-school. Add this Summer Spinach Salad with Tomato to your dinner plan this week! A few ingredients and a light oil and vinegar dressing is all you need to add this nutritious salad to your meals.
I’m not sure about where you live, but this week has been all about back-to-school in our household. This is a big year for my family, my youngest is starting kindergarten, my daughter in the middle is entering 7th grade and my oldest son is a freshman! I have no idea how we got here, but we are here now. It’s exciting, but also a bit of an adjustment having 3 kids in 3 different schools.
With back-to-school comes the need to plan for dinner. Summer break is so laid back for us that I basically wing it every week for the most part. I don’t know if I would necessarily recommend that but that’s typically how summer rolls for me. Right now though I’m in more of a meal planning mode, looking for simple dinners that everyone will eat (per the usual!).
Although it’s back-to-school, let’s be real. It’s still very much summer. It’s also still my favorite produce season.
#FRESHSUMMER 2019 PROJECT:
My dear friend Lora and I have teamed up this summer to share our love of summer produce with you – we came up with a theme for each month of our #FreshSummer recipes. August’s produce pick is tomatoes! I am sharing today’s super simple Chopped Tomato and Spinach Salad. This salad would pair up nicely with grilled chicken or seafood. Lora is sharing a recipe for her Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce, it is a beautiful dish and is making my mouth water.
In case you missed it, for the month of June we chose to share something we both made with cucumbers. Be sure to check out my Cucumber Avocado Salad and Lora’s Sweet Summer Corn and Cucumber Salad. For July, we chose watermelon. Lora shared her recipe for Asian Watermelon Salad and I shared my daughter’s new favorite salad this Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil.
I love spinach salads and they are super easy to throw together with pre-washed packaged salad greens, it really doesn’t get much easier to have that part done already. For this salad I added to the spinach my favorites – tomatoes, onion, kalamata olives. That’s it, easy peasy.
For a salad like this I like to just dress it in simple oil and vinegar. I mixed a couple teaspoons of balsamic vinegar and a couple teaspoons of olive oil in a small jelly jar with some salt and pepper and shook it up. I don’t typically measure my oil and vinegar but try to keep it at equal parts although if you don’t like it too vinegary you can add a little bit more oil to balance it out. Drizzle this over your salad for two and trust me, it’s all you need for a light refreshing salad you will feel good about eating.
I realize a salad like this Chopped Tomato and Spinach Salad is beyond simple and a little basic to post as a recipe…but in talking to friends and personal experience, it’s not just recipes we are all in need of but IDEAS. I personally am always looking for new ideas, especially when it comes to something like salads and getting more veggies into my day.
More summer salads for you to try:
- 5 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1 medium sweet or Vidalia onion, chopped
- handful of kalamata olives, chopped
- 2–3 cups of fresh baby spinach leaves
- 2 – 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 – 3 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed (optional)
- Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl.
- To make vinaigrette, mix together balsamic vinegar and oil in a small bowl or jelly jar with lid. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle desired amount over salad.
- Adjust amounts of vinegar and olive oil based on how much you like on your salad. I like to use equal parts for a salad like this.
- This recipe made 2 large dinner salads or 3-4 smaller salads.
Keywords: spinach, salad, tomato, mediterranean, olives
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