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Spinach Salad with Basil Buttermilk Dressing |

Spinach Salad with Basil Buttermilk Dressing

  • Author: Sara Haas
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Homemade Basil Buttermilk Dressing is the star here! It helps the flavors of the spinach salad shine!



Basil Buttermilk Dressing

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

Spinach Salad

  • 1 (8 ounce) bag baby spinach
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, cooled
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese


To Make the Basil Buttermilk Dressing

Place ingredients in the bowl of a small food processor and blend until smooth. Alternatively, finely chop the basil and whisk with the buttermilk, garlic, salt, pepper and mayonnaise until combined.

To Make the Spinach Salad

  1. Place the spinach in a serving bowl. Drizzle half of the dressing over the spinach and toss to evenly coat. Garnish with the red onion, avocado, strawberries, walnuts and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with remaining dressing.
  2. Serve immediately.


  1. Salad dressing can be made up to 3 days in advance. Store covered in the refrigerator.
  2. Toast walnuts by spreading them out on an ungreased pan. Bake at 350’F for 7-8 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking time, until golden brown and fragrant.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Salad

Keywords: spinach, salad, basil, buttermilk, quick salad

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