Spicy Garlic Vinaigrette

Spinach Garlic Vinaigrette Salad

It has been about an hour since I made this salad and paired it with a perfectly cooked, thinly sliced 4 oz steak

garlic vinaigrette salad with steak

and I still have a pleasantly tangy peppery flavor in my mouth.

I’ve been playing around with a spicy mustard garlic vinaigrette for a few months because I adore the flavors, the ease and tonight — tonight, I achieved the pinnacle of Tonguegasmic Mustard/Garlic/Vinegar-y deliciousness

My family and I are huge fans of garlic, mustard and fresh raw spinach.  If you put raw spinach out, my kids will devour it, they don’t need any dressing or dipping sauce — it’s one of my consolations and nods that somewhere, somehow– I’m doing something right.

I’ve made a few sauces with spicy mustard and garlic and I love sprinkling garlic over spinach so I just knew, that out there somewhere, there was a vinaigrette just waiting for me — one that would double as a dressing, a spread for toasted bread and a marinade.

Oh baby, oh hail yes.  This – is it.

Beware, if you do not adore garlic, spicy mustard and tang — walk away now.

vinaigrette ingredients

Those 5 simple ingredients blend together to produce a tangy, savory, peppery, delicious, unforgettable vinaigrette that is perfect when tossed with fresh spinach and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese, sliced tomatoes and freshly ground black pepper.

Mince 4 garlic cloves and put in your bowl.

Add in 1 rounded tsp spicy mustard

Tsp of spicy mustard

Add 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil and 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar.

Add 2 to 5 turns of freshly ground black pepper, according to your preferences — 1/4 to 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

If you have a food processor, blender, hand mixer — you can puree this up nicely and reduce the garlic to mere shreds — this is not necessary, this is not a smooth vinaigrette, but it definitely sharpens the flavors.

Let the vinaigrette rest for an hour at room temperature and then toss it over about 5 oz of fresh raw spinach; toss until fully coated.

I have found that for me, the best accompaniments for this are freshly grated parmesan

parmesan cheese for vin.

sliced cherry/grape tomatoes and crumbled bacon

Spinach Garlic Vinaigrette Salad

This is honestly, my favorite salad combination to date, and that is saying a lot.

This is a salad that my husband will devour willingly and ask for seconds and THAT is a monumental accomplishment, y’all.  He is a chicken fried steak and potatoes boy.

Enough of my yammering, y’all just want the recipe!
garlic vinaigrette salad with steak

Spicy Garlic Vinaigrette
Prep time
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A simple and delicious spicy garlic vinaigrette. The perfect complement to a spinach salad
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or light olive oil for salad dressings
  • 1 heaping teaspoon spicy mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper (1/4 to ½ teaspoon or 4 to 5 turns of a pepper grinder)
  1. Mince the garlic
  2. Combine the garlic, olive oil, mustard, vinegar, and pepper. Whisk vigorously and let rest for 30 minutes to an hour.
Rachel's Notes
Toss this dressing with spinach and top with freshly grated parmesan, cherry tomatoes, crumbled bacon, and sliced red onions and mushrooms.

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  1. April@The 21st Century Housewife says

    Being a huge fan of garlic, spicy mustard and tang, your recipe really does have my mouth watering! Thank you for sharing it, and for hosting Mouthwatering Mondays!

  2. says

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      I’m looking at it right now and the linky is up? hmmmm. I know that a few days ago Brent (the linkytools owner) updated and upgraded his entire site, which had the linkies not showing up.

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  4. says

    HI Rachel! Happy Valentine’s Day! Sending you a big hug! This week I am sharing some healthy chicken nuggets by mark bittman that my kids adored! I am doing the happy dance here because we finally have temperatures over freezing! All the best! Alex

  5. Allison Zapata says

    yummy! i do one with grapeseed oil, garlic, anchovies, lemon, stoneground mustard. top on mixed greens with parmesan and avocado. SO GOOD!

    can’t wait to try this one. LOVE this combo.


  6. says

    Hi! I am sharing one of my two recipes for chocolate cut-out cookies. We couldn’t agree on a favorite between 2 recipes that I tested, so I posted them both! This recipe is called Chocolate Sweet Hearts. This recipe is gluten free, but can be made with “regular” flour if you don’t have an issue with gluten.
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  7. says

    You know what This weekend is very Special for me and so I have collected all my FAVOURITE stuff for this and this spinach salad is LAST one…..NOW my LUCH & DINNER both on this weekend is AWESOME with this spicy STARTER.

  8. Stephanie Smirnov says

    What is it about spinach that makes us feel such parental triumph when our kids eat it? I feel exactly the same way you do–except in my case, it’s getting my 8-yo to not only try but LOVE a morning smoothie I make with bananas, Greek yogurt, honey, blueberries and tons of fresh spinach! It’s revoltingly green and he adores it. Magic Bullet FTW.

    • says

      I don’t know but, I feel like I’ve conquered a mountain when they do!

      That sounds delicious, Stephanie! Care to email me the details? I’d love to try it for myself and see if the kids and hubby would drink it!! mwah

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