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Lemon Citrus Spinach Salad Recipe

This lemon citrus spinach salad recipe was introduced to me by my friend Jess and I’ve been making it for every other meal since! :) I wouldn’t say that I have the healthiest eating habits. Every so often I’ll try out the paleo diet (and I’ve been really curious about the juice cleanses), but in general I just ate what I thought tasted good. Lately many of the people around me have been having health issues, and it made me realize that maybe it’s about time that I started taking care of my body. All the unhealthy habits will eventually catch up to me.

I know that salads are sometimes disguised as healthy but end up being more unhealthy with all the added dressings and toppings, but this one is actually is healthy. It’s also yummy, refreshing, and perfect for summer. But we’ll probably eat it year round!

Also, I am completely obsessed with my new mandoline. I slice and julienne everything with this now.. I guess I never learned proper knife skills to cut things beautifully, but maybe now I don’t have to! This makes it way too easy. :)

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Lemon Citrus Spinach Salad Recipe (adapted from jesslizama):


  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (we like 12 years aged)
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz package of spinach
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherub or grape tomatoes, halved


  1. Mix the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  2. In a larger bowl, toss the spinach with the dressing.
  3. Leave for a couple hours, while tossing every so often, to soak in flavors and take out the bitter spinach taste.

Chef’s Notes:

  • It actually tastes even better if you leave it overnight. The lemon keeps the spinach from wilting too much.
  • We usually buy the 16 oz packages at sam’s club or costco and split it to make this salad twice.

My photos of my beautiful thinly sliced onions artfully arranged. This gives me so many food art ideas.

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What is your favorite salad you’ve had or made? 

xoxo estherJacob

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Hsiao-Ting

    Love this salad! I told Patricia about it and she’s suppose to ask you for the recipe but now i can send her to this blog ;)

    1. esther julee

      good, right? the sweet red onion is really important! i tried to make it without it, but it doesn’t taste right.

  2. Jess Lizama

    My favorite! Even just reading this post I ran to make another salad! haha I’m obsessed! So glad you liked it xoxo

    1. esther julee

      you’re so funny! we’re going to eat up all the lemons in both our states. :)

  3. Erica Alferez

    Yum, yum, yum! I am always looking for new salads to try and I love citrus!

    1. esther julee

      Tell me how you like it if you do end up making it! This one is super easy. :)

  4. This looks good! We just did a honey lemon dressing over a strawberry salad this week that was really good!

    1. esther julee

      Thank you! :) honey lemon sounds amazing too! share the recipe? :) I bought a whole bag of lemons, so I may want to change it up a bit after a while. :)

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