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
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
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.