Fresh spinach with a creamy dressing that all my friends rave over. The dressing also makes a great vegetable dip.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread the slivered almonds onto a baking sheet, and toast until the nuts start to turn golden brown and become fragrant, 5 to 10 minutes. Watch the nuts carefully as they bake, because they burn quickly. Once toasted, set the nuts aside to cool to room temperature.

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  • Mix together the mayonnaise, milk, and sugar in a large salad bowl. Stir in the bacon bits and Parmesan cheese until the dressing is well combined and creamy.

  • Place the spinach leaves, chopped cauliflower, and toasted almonds into the salad bowl, and stir lightly to coat with dressing.

Nutrition Facts

517 calories; protein 15.6g; carbohydrates 18.5g; fat 43.8g; cholesterol 31.4mg; sodium 812.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (19)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2011
Made this for a Father's day get together and received all positive reviews. I didn't make any substitutions (I find it annoying when someone reviews a recipe with 10 changes - is it really still the recipe??) Anyway, this is a delicious salad. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/07/2013
Yuck! I made this exactly as directed and I thought the dressing was heavy and gross. Read More
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2011
Made this for a Father's day get together and received all positive reviews. I didn't make any substitutions (I find it annoying when someone reviews a recipe with 10 changes - is it really still the recipe??) Anyway, this is a delicious salad. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2012
Amazing salad! In-law aproved too! I use home raised bacon instead of bacon bits, though i did use the bits one time while we were camping. The real stuff is 100000 times better. Cant compare to real bacon vs the jarred stuff. i usually just use 5 oz of spinach and only pour 1/2 the dressing in. but if making the full 10 oz, then you would need all the dressing. I also make the cauliflower into small pieces..like size of penny or less & toss out any of the stalk so its all just the head. easy to make ahead too. cook the bacon, store in seperate container in fridge. break apart all the cauli..put in large bowl..add the spinach. store in fridge. make the dressing in jar & add parmesan..shake & store in fridge. toast almonds, cool, store in fridge..then when dinners ready, take it all out & combine. 6 stars!!!!!!! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2010
I made this but didn't have the cauliflower so I added boiled eggs instead. Everyone loved it. I would highly recommend this recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2010
So fresh and tasty similar to seven layer salad but with a healthier green. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
Absolutely delicious!!!! Added craisins skipped the bacon bits. It was the bomb! Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
AMAZING!! I used veganaise and stevia substitutes since i'm not supposed to eat dairy (i wanted to cheat on the parmesan cheese but couldn't do both...) and can't eat sugar right now (prediabetic). it was a delish addition to a family dinner. highly HIGHLY recommend. i'm making this again for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
This was a fantastic salad. I took it to a large family dinner and everyone raved about it. We added a handful of craisins and seemed to add a little sweetness. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2012
I used half the sugar but still found the dressing too sweet. Otherwise I liked the flavor combinations...so will try again someday with even less sugar. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2013
Loved this. Reminded me or broccoli salad which we usually make with raisins and red onions the nuts and spinach with broccoli made a nice change to the dressing salad. Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
09/07/2013
Yuck! I made this exactly as directed and I thought the dressing was heavy and gross. Read More
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