Like many spinach salads, this one features lots of chopped-up hard-boiled egg. But since most of the calories in an egg are in the yolk, this recipe uses just two whole eggs, plus the whites from six additional eggs, for a satisfying spinach salad that keeps the calories in check.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2007


Recipe Summary

40 mins


Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare dressing: Whisk mayonnaise, buttermilk (or milk), yogurt, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Add cheese and stir, mashing with a spoon until the cheese is incorporated.

  • To prepare salad: Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook at the lowest simmer for 10 minutes. Pour off the hot water and run cold water over the eggs until they are completely cooled. Peel the eggs; discard 6 of the yolks. Chop the remaining yolks and whites.

  • Toss spinach and 2 tablespoons of the dressing in a large bowl. Divide between 2 plates. Top with the chopped eggs, beets, carrots and pecans. Drizzle with 2 more tablespoons dressing. (Refrigerate the extra dressing for up to 1 week.)


Make Ahead Tip: The recipe makes 1 1/4 cups dressing (Step 1); cover and refrigerate extra dressing for up to 1 week. Stir before using.

Tip: To toast chopped nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

283 calories; protein 23g 46% DV; carbohydrates 21.1g 7% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 6g 24% DV; sugars 10.2g; fat 12.7g 20% DV; saturated fat 3g 15% DV; cholesterol 190.8mg 64% DV; vitamin a iu 17967.8IU 359% DV; vitamin c 32.8mg 55% DV; folate 244.8mcg 61% DV; calcium 198.2mg 20% DV; iron 5.5mg 31% DV; magnesium 122.5mg 44% DV; potassium 1100.2mg 31% DV; sodium 789.7mg 32% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 19% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
Good salad but... Separate eggs and poach the whites. Save those egg yolks for use on something else that requires egg yolks. Pros: Lots of fresh produce Cons: Wasting egg yolks is not cool Read More
Rating: 5 stars
great salad but calories aren't on track Calories for 1 hard boiled eggs is 78 calories alone. 312 calories for 4 eggs. Other than that great salad. Pros: Great salad Cons: miscalculated calories Read More
Rating: 5 stars
quick delicious filling! I've made this a few times now and I LOVE it. i buy enough ingredients to have it a couple times during the week. The single dressing recipe makes plenty. Then i just throw together enough for a serving and top with the dressing. Fresh tasty salad all week long. Pros: few ingredients easy to throw together if you do just a bit of prep the night before healthy Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I've been making this recipe for months and it's one of my favorites. However I am not a fan of bleu cheese so I substitute ff ranch and it's delicious. Janie Palmer Portland OR Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Mmmmmmmm..... it looks so delicious!! Darren Woodlands Si Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This salad was very tasty. However recent research has indicated that the lutein in egg yolks is much more effective at preventing age-related macular degeneration than any other source even spinach. Since both my grandmothers suffered blindness from this condition in their later years I shudder at the idea of tossing out the very thing that might help prevent it. I prefer to use fewer whole eggs while reaping the benefits of the nutrients and cut down on fat and calories in some other way. Anonymous Stoughton MA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this salad one day and it was all I could think about the next. I rushed home to devour it and made if for friends again the very next day. As a vegetarian (and a salad fanatic) I look for ways to add protein to my salads to make them more filling. This has the eggs the nuts and the high-protein yogurt. The dressing is amazing--so creamy yet low-fat. Anonymous Washington DC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This salad was delicious. My husband loved it and the beets were perfect in it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
tried it yesterday except i had little crunchy salad toppers instead of nuts (who knew pecans are so expensive???) and ranch dressing. Yum!!!!! Read More