My Mom’s Spinach, Sausage, Potato & Blueberry Salad

Moms spinach sausage salad My Moms Spinach, Sausage, Potato & Blueberry Salad

I’m diving into salads, y’all. Everyone into the pool! I’m all carbed out. Well, not totally. But I’m finding toasted bagels with peanut butter and chunks of bread with butter and just one more muffin far too convenient and I need to remind myself that I do love a Big Salad. Unfortunately my brain somehow doesn’t go in that direction when I ponder what to eat, or what to make, or what to experiment with… it’s far more inclined to dip a caramel apple into bacon or stuff a burger with Babybel. (Wait for it…)

I’m also programmed to think that salads don’t require a recipe – and most of the time they don’t, although being pointed in the right direction is a huge help. And some flavour and texture combinations just work, and there are so many I would never dream of tossing into a bowl together. This is one of those salads.

Last weekend at my mom’s house, she made a salad with spinach leaves, chopped chicken sausage and hard boiled egg, and blueberries. We couldn’t get enough of it. While everyone else made dessert, I stood by the sink and scraped the last of it out of the salad bowl into my mouth.

I’m going to be loosey goosey with the measurements here – if you’re going for an average salad bowl of greens, I’d guesstimate a big handful of new potatoes, boiled and halved or quartered, one big sausage, cooked (grilled would be good!) and cut lengthwise and then crosswise into small chunks. And a hard boiled egg or two, and a handful of blueberries. The ratio of this to that is up to you.

My Mom’s Spinach, Sausage, Potato & Blueberry Salad

baby spinach leaves
boiled new potatoes
cooked chicken sausage
hard boiled egg
fresh blueberries
green onion

Dressing:
mayo (I’m sure hers was light)
rice vinegar
grainy mustard
sugar (optional)
freshly ground pepper

Put your baby spinach into a big bowl and top or gently toss with the potatoes, sausage, egg, blueberries and green onion.

To make the dressing, thin a big spoonful of mayo with enough rice vinegar to make it the consistency of a creamy dressing. Whisk or shake in a squeeze of grainy mustard, a pinch of sugar if you like, and a good grinding of black pepper. Toss with your salad or serve it alongside.

Eat.

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July 11 2013 06:59 pm | salads

10 Responses to “My Mom’s Spinach, Sausage, Potato & Blueberry Salad”

  1. Laurie from Burnaby on 11 Jul 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Yum Yum! I have tons of spinach,and was wondering what to do with it, being sick of the usual spinach salads. this is a great change. Thank you, Julie!

  2. Carolyn on 12 Jul 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Recipes like this are why I love your blog so much!

  3. Helena on 12 Jul 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Julie any salad with sausage in it has my vote! Can’t wait to try with some local blueberries.

  4. Lana on 12 Jul 2013 at 11:27 am #

    This looks awesome. Thanks for the loosey-goosey recipe!

  5. Julia M. on 12 Jul 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    lol!! I loved that Seinfeld episode!

  6. Ann on 13 Jul 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Julie – Where you lead I will follow. Wow! This was a great one course meal for a warm summer day. I just finished lunch and the salad was fantastic. I used those little purple potatoes and a turkey cranberry sausage (the chicken sausage available was the spicey kind). It was a snap to put this salad together.

    The gal at the checkout counter at the market looked doubtfully at me as I described the recipe. “You trust the chef?” she asked skeptically. “Absolutely,” I replied.

    Please thank your mom for me and thanks for posting.

  7. Rose on 13 Jul 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Which Seinfeld episode?
    I’m making this salad!

  8. Deb on 15 Jul 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Wonderful idea! I grilled sweet potato and used a vinagrette instead of mayo. It was a hit with everyone. Thanks again Julie.

  9. Julie on 15 Jul 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Oooh, that sounds fabulous Deb!

  10. Laura on 15 Jul 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    This looks like a delicious salad. Thank you for the great idea!

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