This spinach salad is the perfect complement to any meal and any occasion!
Cool and crisp spinach and sweet fruit make this salad taste fresh and delicious!
What Ingredients Are In A Spinach Salad
There are countless ways of making a spinach salad. You can toss it with chicken, eggs, bacon, and turkey for a sort of cobb salad variation or top it with strawberries and goat cheese for a classic spin.
You can wilt the spinach or serve it with warm dressing (similar to this wilted kale salad). Spinach is a sturdy green that can handle almost anything you decide to throw at it.
How To Make Spinach Salad
This version that I’m sharing with you today is a little sweet, a little savory, and a little tangy. It has something for everyone which is why it is a great companion for any meal and any occasion.
For the salad, I like to use fresh baby spinach. In a medium bowl, toss to combine the baby spinach and thinly sliced apples (I used Fuji because I love their crisp, sweet flavor) along with your favorite brand of dried cherries -although any dried fruit would work.
I also added walnuts to this recipe because of their meaty crunch and health benefits. Crumbled bacon adds the salty element to this salad.
A simple homemade honey mustard vinaigrette is drizzled over top just before serving.
Spinach Salad Substitutions:
Pears, strawberries, and blueberries can easily be used in place of the apples.
Dried cranberries can be used in place of the dried cherries.
Prosciutto is a natural substitute for the bacon. But you could also use chopped salami, pepperoni, grilled chicken or even hard-boiled eggs.
Use your favorite nut for the walnuts (or omit them).
A balsamic vinaigrette can be used in place of the honey mustard, as can a red wine and olive oil vinaigrette. A warm bacon dressing would be delicious!
Feta, blue cheese or goat cheese would be a welcome addition to this salad.
Shallots and red onions may also be added.
What To Serve With Spinach Salad
As I mentioned above, this salad is a great side for any meal. This spinach salad recipe is easy, quick, satisfying and works for any occasion and any season. This salad is a great healthy way to nourish your body!
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More Great Salads:
- 1 bunch of spinach
- 1 Fuji apple sliced
- ½ cup dried cherries
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Salt to taste
- Place washed and dried spinach in a bowl,
- Top spinach with apples, cherries, walnuts, and bacon
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard and honey; season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour dressing over salad just before serving; toss to coat.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 324 Total Fat 27g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 22g Cholesterol 9mg Sodium 358mg Carbohydrates 17g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 3g Sugar 11g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 7g