Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Spinach and Apple Salad

I'm not a big salad eater.... I guess I should say I'm not at big lettuce eater! I like salads with substance... I found the recipe for this spinach & apple salad online tonight and decided to try it out for supper.... Both my husband and I give it 2 thumbs up!!! The dressing is perfect... Not too sweet.. Not too vinegary... Just perfect... In the following recipe I put how I made it... A few adjustments from the recipe I found online ( to see the original recipe here is the link: The Curvy Carrot - Spinach and Apple Salad... I assembled and dressed each salad on our own plates so we wouldn't have a bunch of dressed left over salad we probably wouldn't eat.... This recipe makes enough dressing for about 4 salads. Enjoy!!!

Spinach and Apple Salad

Servings: 4


For the salad dressing:

1/4 cup minced sweet onion OR if you don't have sweet onion in the house, take 1 Tbsp on dried onion ( I actually used 3 onion dip mix from epicure ) and put it in with the 3 tbsp vinegar that you will use in the recipe... Let sit and soften before adding the oil ect ... I guess the vinegar will soften the dehydrated onion... So you won't get crunchy bits..

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Pinch paprika

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the salad:

Slivered Almonds, about 1/2 cup... More or less depending on how much you like them....

Dried cranberries ( I use Craisens ) again, however many you like... I just sprinkle them on top :)

One 10-ounce bag of pre-washed, ready-to-use spinach leaves

2 medium apples (variety of your choice), cored, quartered, and thinly sliced

Cheese (variety of your choice), optional
My husband used feta on his and said was delicious... I did not have any on mine.


1. For the salad dressing: In a medium-sized bowl, combine the onion, vinegars, sesame seeds, and paprika. Mix well.

2. Add the 2 tablespoons of the sugar to the mixture and mix until combined.

3. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle the olive oil into the mixture. I put the dressing into a small container with lid so i can shake it up well before spooning over the salad... Set aside.

4. Toast the almonds in a frying pan... I just put the almonds in the pan and heat it up till the almonds start to toast... Careful you don't burn them. I don't add any oil/butter to the nuts as they have natural oils in them already...

5. Assemble the salad as desired, and drizzle with salad dressing.

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