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All-Purpose Wilted Spinach Salad & Other Greens

When it comes to dressing, I stick to simple and homemade and let the greens do the talking. Here is a straightforward vinaigrette that can flex any which way--from Mediterranean to Asian. The tamari makes it just salty enough through and through.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Lynne


  • 3/4  cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar raw, unfiltered
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups baby spinach or kale


  1. Combine the oil, vinegar, tamari and pepper into a jar with a lid and shake vigorously to mix before using. 

  2. Toss the spinach in a glass bowl with just enough of the dressing to lightly coat (1 1/2 tablespoons is my ideal), but not weigh down, the greens.

  3. Place the bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds* on the high setting. Toss again and plate right away. (If the greens sit in the warm bowl, they tend to get limp.)

  4. Garnish the salad with cheese, nuts, dried fruits, citrus or cut vegetables, drizzled with additional dressing to taste.

Recipe Notes

For more tender lettuces, start with a setting of 30 seconds, then toss and determine if you want more wilting. If so, I recommend 10-second bursts so you don't over-wilt them.