We always made this dressing (recipe below) for this salad. It is perfect. This recipe would make a meal for the two of us. If you use it as a side, it will serve at least 4.
SPINACH CUCUMBER SALAD Recipe:
1 large bunch spinach, washed and dried, destemmed
1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced thin
1/2 plain yogurt
1/4 c. mayonnaise
2 T. olive oil
1 to 2 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 c. fresh chives, minced
1 T. fresh dill weed, minced
1/2 t. xylitol
onion salt, to taste
dash garlic powder
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Mix the dressing ingredients to taste.
The dressing should have a nice tang and have enough onion salt added so that it isn't flat tasting.
Toss the dressing with the prepared spinach and cucumber and serve immediately.
You can use frozen minced chives. I harvest chives from my herb garden in the summer and mince them up and freeze them in a zip-lock bag. Then they are ready for me year-round.
You can add 2 to 3 T. finely minced scallion tops (the green part) for the chives.
You can substitute about 1 T. dried dill weed for the fresh dill weed, to taste.