Apple & Spinach Salad

by Kelli H. on October 31, 2011

I know, another salad recipe. What’s with that, right? Well, last week David and I ate salads every night for dinner and this one was just UH-MAZING! Seriously, this is one of my new most favorite salads in the history of my salad eating life. It’s got everything! Great nutrients from the spinach, sweetness from the almonds and apples, but yet tangy/saltiness from the feta and dressing. Lets just say, this salad is going to be a new regular in my diet.

By the way, Happy Halloween! 

If you need a detox from all that sugar, try making this salad this week. It will make you feel healthy but also satisfied 
Apple & Spinach Salad
For the dressing:
1/4 cup minced sweet onion
3 T apple cider vinegar
3 T white wine or champagne vinegar
2 T sesame seeds
2 T granulated sugar
pinch of paprika
1/2 cup olive oil

For the almonds:
2 T unsalted butter
3/4 cup slivered almonds
1 T granulated sugar

For the salad:
10 oz baby spinach
2 medium apples, thinly sliced
4 oz crumbled feta

1. Combine onion, apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, sesame seeds, sugar, and paprika in a bowl or jar. Whisk in oil or pour in jar and shake vigorously until emulsified. Set aside. 
2. In a medium size saute pan melt butter over medium heat. Add in the almonds and cook until lightly browned. This took me about 10-15 minutes. Don’t burn! Keep a close eye on them. Add in sugar and stir until sugar had melted. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl mix spinach with dressing. I also like to add a little salt and pepper to the spinach leaves at this time. Set dressed spinach on plates and top with apples, almonds, and feta. Serve immediately. 

**Note: since I made this for just David and I, I used a 5 oz bag of spinach & 1 apple and then used the rest of everything for lunch the next day. Perfect for an easy dinner and left over salad for lunch.
 

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

David October 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Awww, look at that puppy boy with his punkins! 🙂 Tasty salad too! I really liked the almond slivers!

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Kristine October 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Yum!! That salad looks delicious! Let’s just say I’m obsessed with your dog 🙂

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Maren October 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm

why do apples and spinach go so well together?

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Made in Sonoma October 31, 2011 at 9:00 pm

@Maren
I have no idea but I’m glad they do!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 3, 2011 at 2:14 am

This sounds great! I really enjoy a little salty sweetness in my salads.

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Linda November 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I tried the apple and spinach salad and found it very tasty. I sprinkled a little less of the feta, (not a fan) and it was perfect.

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Made in Sonoma November 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm

@Linda
Glad you liked it!

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