Summer Spinach Salad with Red Pepper Dressing

I recently noticed that while I’ve posted over 25 desserts, there’s only one lonely salad hanging out in my recipe index. Aww, poor salad. It’s funny because although I actually always enjoy digging into a lovely pile of greens at a restaurant, I’ve never quite gotten into the groove of making salads at home.  This is mostly because I’m usually too lazy to chop up all the different kinds of veggies needed to turn lettuce into a main course! But I couldn’t help but be inspired to get out my knife this week, after seeing all the fresh summer produce at the market.

We had the best sweet corn on the cob and it was just begging to be used in a salad, so I mixed the corn up with spinach, grape tomatoes, and shrimp, and made a lovely red pepper dressing that really complemented all the ingredients. I wanted to add some chopped avocado too, but they weren’t quite ripe enough. I’ve got to start making salads more often!

Summer Spinach Salad with Red Pepper Dressing
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5 tablespoons olive oil
1 red pepper, chopped
2 medium shallots, chopped (1/4 cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 ounces baby spinach
2 cups cooked fresh sweet corn (from 2 ears of corn)
2 cups grape tomatoes
2 cups cooked shrimp

To make the dressing, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat and sauté red pepper and shallots for 5 to 7 minutes or until softened; add garlic and sauté one additional minute. Place cooked veggies in a food processor with remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, and salt, and pulse for several minutes or until smooth.

Toss spinach leaves with red pepper dressing, sweet corn, grape tomatoes, and cooked shrimp in a large bowl until well combined. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition: 338 calories, 19.2g fat, 5.4g fiber, 20.6g protein per serving
Cost: $2.19 per serving

30 Responses to Summer Spinach Salad with Red Pepper Dressing

  1. I’ve never made tons of salad at home either, although I do love a good one. I just hate having to buy all of the little ingredients that you need to make a really good salad. I’ve recently gotten more and more into making them though. I love the elements of this, especially that dressing!

  2. Your salad dressing reminds me of romesco sauce – which is great on everything! You’re so good to eat a main-course salad… I usually just have it as a side, which is a bit boring.

  3. I’m the same way although for different reasons. I think there just tend to be sooo many good dishes out there that salads don’t always come first to mind.

  4. that’s okay, kerstin–desserts are clearly superior to salads so it’s only right that they outnumber the leafy greens. :)
    this one’s a winner, though–i love that unique dressing!

  5. I’ve posted way more desserts than salads too. Ha ha. This looks really good. I think I need to make that dressing. It sounds fabulous.

  6. Such a beautiful photo!!! I love main dish salads, especially in summer, but I understand how all the chopping is alot :) Your dressing sounds fantastic too!

  7. It’s not how many it’s how good that counts :-). This is a good one! I love salads and can appreciate a standout when I see it. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  8. Your blog is adorable! I’m the same way about salads- love eating them, it just takes major effort to make one at home. The dressing sounds like a winner!

  9. ooh i can’t wait for corn! sounds like a lovely salad :) love the dressing, i need to get more creative like that- lately i just throw a blob of hummus and call it a day!

  10. This is my favorite kind of summer salad ever! I begged my parents to get me some corn on the cob before I go back to France. Paired with shrimp and a lovely dressing, it sounds delicious!

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