This spinach salad is the perfect compliment to any meal and any occasion!
Cool and crisp spinach and sweet fruit make this salad taste fresh and delicious!
How To Make 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 too. Spinach is a sturdy green that can handle almost anything you decide to throw at it.
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. Fresh spinach is tossed with thinly sliced apples (I used Fuji because I love their crisp, sweet flavor) and 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, 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.
Feta or goat cheese would be a welcome addition to this salad.
What To Serve With Spinach Salad
- 1 bunch of spinach
- 1 Fuji apple sliced
- ½ dried cherries
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 3 sliced 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.