Cheddar Cheese Spinach Salad

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Looking for something new to add to your salad repertoire? This cheddar cheese spinach salad is a great option, with flavor that will tantalize your taste buds.

If you’re looking for a salad that is both nutritious and delicious, look no further than the cheddar spinach salad. This easy salad recipe can be whipped up in no time, and it’s perfect for any occasion.

Whether you’re looking for a quick weekday meal or something to bring to a potluck party, this cheddar spinach salad will hit the spot.

Plus, it’s packed with vitamins and nutrients, so you can feel good about indulging in a bowlful. Ready to give it a try?

What I love the most about this salad is that it can easily be prepared in advance, even a day or two before a barbeque or event, and then I can assemble it at the last minute. More time for grilling those burgers and mingling with guests?

Although the dressing for this spinach salad can be made with hot sauce, I always use this mild pepper paste, which can be found in most mediterranean grocery stores.

The paste is less spicy than the hot pepper paste found in regular stores, so I often use it to add just a tiny kick to dressings and soups.

Of course, if you’d rather not use mild pepper paste, your favorite hot sauce will definitely give this dressing the little bit of fire it needs.

What to serve with Cheddar cheese salad?

Cheddar cheese salad is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a meal or side dish. Here are some tips for making the most of this delicious dish:

  • For a heartier meal, add some chopped cooked chicken or ham to the salad.
  • Mix in some diced apples or pears for sweetness and texture.
  • Top with a heavy helping of crumbled cheddar cheese and serve with a light dressing.
  • For a more colorful dish, add in some chopped red onion or green bell pepper.
  • Serve cheddar cheese salad as a side dish alongside grilled meats or fish.

With so many possibilities, it’s easy to see why cheddar cheese salad is such a popular dish! Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal or a simple side dish, this dish is sure to please.

Ingredients notes

  • Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that is often used in salads. It has a mildly sweet flavor and a tender texture.
  • Cheddar cheese is a type of cheese that is commonly used in recipes for its sharp flavor and creamy texture.
  • Mayonnaise is a thick, creamy condiment that is often used as a spread or dip. It has a rich, tangy flavor that can help to balance other flavors in a recipe.
  • Celery is a crunchy vegetable that has a refreshing, slightly bitter taste. It is often used in salads or as a garnish.
  • Garlic is a staple ingredient in many recipes for its mild, sweet flavor. It can also add crunch and texture to a dish.

How to make Cheddar Cheese Salad

  1. Combine the mayonnaise, garlic, vinegar, and pepper paste (or hot sauce) in a small storage container. Adjust the paste to your desired spiciness. Mix in the celery, and refrigerate the dressing for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days. (If in a rush, pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes.)
  2. When the dressing is cool and you’re about to serve, put the spinach in a large bowl. Pour the dressing, add the cheese, and toss until all of the spinach is covered in dressing.
  3. Top with a little more cheese and serve.
Yield: 3

Cheddar Cheese Spinach Salad

Cheddar Cheese Spinach Salad

Salads are a great way to get in your daily dose of vegetables, and this cheddar cheese spinach salad is no exception! The creamy cheddar cheese pairs perfectly with the earthy spinach, and the dressing adds a delicious zing. This salad is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Give it a try today!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1½ tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp mild pepper paste or a dash of hot sauce, plus more to taste
  • salt (optional)
  • ¾ cup chopped celery (about 2 ribs)
  • 5 oz spinach or baby spinach, rinsed, dried, and roughly chopped
  • ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Combine the mayonnaise, garlic, vinegar, and pepper paste (or hot sauce) in a small storage container. Adjust the paste to your desired spiciness. Mix in the celery, and refrigerate the dressing for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days. (If in a rush, pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes.)
  2. When the dressing is cool and you’re about to serve, put the spinach in a large bowl. Pour the dressing, add the cheese, and toss until all of the spinach is covered in dressing.
  3. Top with a little more cheese and serve.

Notes

Salt is optional because if you're using pepper paste, it may already be salty depending on the brand. The one I mentioned in the post info is salty on it's own. But if you're using hot sauce or a less salty pepper paste, feel free to add salt to taste.

Nutrition Information

Yield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 325Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 24gCholesterol 28mgSodium 584mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 5g

FAQ and Tips

Here are a few tips for making the perfect cheddar cheese spinach salad:

  • Use fresh spinach leaves for the best flavor and texture.
  • Add diced chicken or bacon for extra protein.
  • Dress the salad with a simple vinaigrette of olive oil and vinegar.
  • Top with crumbled cheddar cheese and sliced almonds for a flavorful finishing touch.

With these simple tips, you’ll be able to create a delicious cheddar cheese spinach salad that everyone will love.

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