Ham-and-Spinach Salad with Mustard Seed Dressing

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Ham-and-Spinach Salad with Mustard Seed Dressing
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  • 4Servings


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 red onion, 1/2 thinly sliced and 1/2 chopped
  • 1 8 ounce package sliced mushrooms
  • 1 6 ounce bag baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless smoked ham steak, patted dry


Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 12 minutes. Drain and submerge the eggs in ice water to cool, then peel and chop them. Transfer to a salad bowl along with the sliced onion, mushrooms and the spinach.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, toast the mustard seeds until beginning to pop, about 3 minutes. Reserve half in a small bowl, then transfer the remaining seeds to a blender along with the chopped onion, 5 tablespoons olive oil, the sugar and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.

In a medium skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the ham and cook, turning once, until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a work surface to cool slightly, then cut into bite-size pieces.

Drizzle the vegetables with the dressing, season with salt and pepper and toss. Sprinkle the ham and reserved mustard seeds on top.