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Balsamic Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Onions, and Feta

Balsamic Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Onions, and Feta is a delicious option when you’re cooking for vegetarians! Use Salad Recipes to find more salads like this one.

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This Balsamic Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Onions, and Feta is a recipe that was inspired by Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta. I came up when I was cooking dinner for my dad and stepmother. I had some spinach and wanted to make spinach salad for them, but she doesn’t eat pork, so I came up with this version which has red onions and sauteed mushrooms instead of the bacon.

This is a low-glycemic, gluten-free, low carb, full-of-healthy-ingredients salad, and it could even be vegan if you left off the cheese. And if you don’t think there’s such a thing as food blog synchronicity, check out this spinach salad from Superspark; when I saw it I couldn’t believe how similar it looked! Emily’s salad has a dressing made with tahini, and I think it might be the next spinach salad recipe I’m going to try!

Make it a Meal:

To make a low-carb meal featuring this Balsamic Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Onions, and Feta, serve with something like Very Greek Grilled Chicken or Chicken and Veggie Kabobs with Garlic and Basil.

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Balsamic Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Onions, and Feta

Balsamic Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Onions, and Feta is a delicious option when you’re cooking for vegetarians!


  • 3-4 handfuls fresh spinach, washed and dried
  • 1/4 red onion, cut into thin strips about 1 1/2 inches long
  • 6-8 mushrooms, sliced (I used brown Cremini mushrooms, also called “baby Bella”
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil, plus more for sauteeing veggies
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic puree or crushed fresh garlic
  • 2 T crumbled Feta cheese


  1. Put spinach into large bowl, big enough to toss salad in.
  2. Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic puree in small bowl and whisk together.
  3. Heat a small amount of olive oil in 12 inch frying pan.
  4. Add onions and saute 2 minutes, until barely starting to soften.
  5. Add mushrooms and cook 3-4 minutes, until mushrooms are soft and any liquid that releases is evaporated.
  6. Add dressing mixture and let come barely to a simmer, then pour immediately over spinach and toss.
  7. Arrange salad on 2 serving plates, crumble feta over, and serve.


Recipe adapted from this spinach salad recipe, which was adapted from this recipe on RecipeZaar.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Balsamic Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Onions, and Feta is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the South Beach Diet.

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    15 Comments on “Balsamic Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Onions, and Feta”

  1. Tanna, thanks for the feedback, and I’m honored you tried it!

  2. Kalyn, I just fixed this one and it is terrific! Spinach is a favorite of mine! Thanks so much!

  3. I love salads! Love your latest salad. Can’t wait to try it.


  4. I love spinach as a salad- when I was a kid, my mother made a good spinach salad the days after Easter with red onions, fresh mushrooms and chopped hard boiled eggs, topped with a sweet-sour dressing of some sort. Oh, and bacon. All of these recipes sound excellent, I can’t wait for the spinach to be ready to pick!

  5. Thanks everyone for the nice comments. My friend Cheryl was in town and I went out with her last night, so I didn’t get a chance to respond like I usually do, but I appreciate you all!

  6. Wow this looks nice and healthy. This is a good recipe for someone who is trying to lose weight. Nice blog btw!

  7. What a delicious looking salad!

  8. This sort of thing has been the rule, rather than the exception since I began SBD. Love it, Kalyn.

    Tonight I tossed roasted asparagus with leftover chicken and some cheese laced with basil and sun-dried tomato and that was all I needed.

  9. I had some fresh spinach yesterday and thought of making salad. It would have been great in this salad!

  10. I first tried raw spinach not so long ago and I loved it.
    This salad has delicious ingredients, Kalyn!

    P.S.: It’s my first comment here and I’m loving your blog. I’m glad I took part in the Weekend Herb Blogging because it brought me here!

  11. It is amazing how similar our posts looked! Sounds delicious!

  12. Oh my gosh that sounds delicious. I am now officially starving.

  13. That+s what I call inspiration! A beautiful salad.

  14. This is a perfect recipe for me because I don’t eat raw onions, but love them cooked and caramelized and sweet. And I’d definitely keep the cheese! Thanks too for the link to Emily’s blog. I’m glad to learn of it.