"Gone With the Wind" Actress Olivia de Havilland's Fresh Spinach Salad Recipe

Updated on July 15, 2019
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Tim Anderson is a freelance writer/researcher with articles published in The Saturday Evening Post, Playboy magazine, TV Guide, and others.

Clark Gable and Olivia de Havilland in Gone With The Wind.
Clark Gable and Olivia de Havilland in Gone With The Wind.

Olivia's Favorite Spinach Salad

This should be an easy spinach salad to make. Although the typed recipe doesn't say this, it's probably fine to substitute baby spinach for regular spinach if you wish, and if you have a personal salad ingredient you'd like to add, why not be bold?

In any event, the following spinach salad is presented exactly the way Olivia de Havilland would have prepared it. And it may well have kept the actress healthy and shapely not only during the filming of Gone With the Wind, but throughout her storied Hollywood career as well!

Olivia de Havilland and James Cagney in a scene from 1935's "The Irish in Us."
Olivia de Havilland and James Cagney in a scene from 1935's "The Irish in Us."

Who Is Olivia de Havilland?

Actress Olivia de Havilland was one of the four principal stars of the celebrated Gone With the Wind movie.

Born on July 1, 1916, in Japan, she came to America as a child and later got into showbiz with her sister Joan Fontaine. Both sisters enjoyed great success in Hollywood, Joan won a Best Actress Oscar in 1941 for starring in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion, and Olivia won a Best Actress Oscar in 1946 for her role in To Each His Own.

Some other Olivia de Havilland movies include The Heiress, The Adventures of Robin Hood, To Each His Own, Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and many others.

Today, at age 103, Olivia is the last surviving Gone With the Wind cast member.

Who knows why she has been able to live such a long and healthy life?

Maybe it's her spinach salad!

Is Olivia de Havilland's fresh spinach salad one of the keys to her longevity?
Is Olivia de Havilland's fresh spinach salad one of the keys to her longevity?


  • small can drained grapefruit sections, cut into small bite-size pieces
  • 6 oz. cashew nuts
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1/4 onion, grated
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard


  1. To a normal size bunch of freshly washed raw spinach leaves, add the drained grapefruit and cashew nuts.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients, pour over the salad combination and mix/shake well.
Olivia de Havilland loved a fresh spinach salad!
Olivia de Havilland loved a fresh spinach salad!

How I Acquired Olivia de Havilland's Spinach Salad Recipe

I've been an autograph dealer and collector for over 40 years. During the past four decades, I occasionally purchased recipes that celebrities were kind enough to send to a fan who requested one. In several cases I was able to purchase recipes that had been collected for the purpose of publishing in a planned cookbook.

This original simple spinach salad recipe was Olivia de Havilland's favorite, and she was kind enough to share it with one of her fans.

And now, I'm sharing it with you, and I hope you like it enough to add it to your list of best salad recipes!

Olivia de Havilland played Melanie, one of the four principal stars in Gone With the Wind.
Olivia de Havilland played Melanie, one of the four principal stars in Gone With the Wind.

Would you be willing to try Olivia's favorite spinach salad?

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        Tim Anderson 

        20 months ago from Utah

        Thank you Lorraine! I have always been a big fan of Olivia de Havilland as well. I plan to publish some more of the celebrity recipes I've acquired over the years, so you may want to check back now-and-then! Best wishes -- Tim Anderson

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        20 months ago

        I was always on Melanie*s side when I watched Gone with the Wind!

        Her spinach salad sounds delicious.

        My mother always made her wonderful spaghetti sauce from a recipe my aunt cut out of the Los Angeles Times (1950ish) attributed to Don Ameche. It is still the one everyone in the family loves and asks for,I guess the oldies are the goodies.

        Thank you for another.

        Lorraine Gunn


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