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Loaded Spinach Salad

  • 30 m
  • 40 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“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.”


    • Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing
    • ⅓ cup low-fat mayonnaise
    • ⅓ cup buttermilk or nonfat milk
    • ⅓ cup nonfat plain yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar or white vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
    • Salad
    • 8 large eggs
    • 6 cups baby spinach
    • 4 tablespoons Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing, divided
    • 1 8-ounce can beets, rinsed and sliced
    • 1 cup shredded carrots
    • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted (see Tip)


  • 1 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.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 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 1¼ 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.
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