Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Spinach Apple Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Another spinach salad? Yes, sorry. I couldn’t help myself.

Homemade salad dressings are in my top favorite food items. They tend to be inexpensive, super fresh and the flavor options are unlimited. I also like that I can control the calories by what I add or leave out.

This particular honey mustard vinaigrette adaption from Vegetarian Times Fast and Easy is one of my favorites.

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
1 shallot, minced (About 3 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil.

Place all the ingredients together in a vinaigrette bottle and shake well to combine.

Spinach Apple Salad
Print Salad and Dressing Recipe
This recipe was written as a side salad for six, but serves about three as a main course. For a vegan version leave off the blue cheese and add extra sunflower seeds and apple slices.

16-ounce bag of baby spinach, rinsed and dried
1 large apple, thinly sliced
1/4 cup unsalted toasted sunflower seeds (bulk section)
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (Shredded Sharp Cheddar works too.)
Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, above

Divide spinach among 6 salad plates. Evenly divide the toppings and drizzle with dressing.

Servings 6. Per serving 149 cal; 4g prot; 11.5g total fat (2g sat. fat); 10g carb; 4mg chol; 309mg sodium; 4g fiber; 7g sugars.

Recipe adapted from "Vegetarian Times Fast and Easy". Photo by Laura Flowers.


Kelli said...

YUM! This is exactly what I would eat right now if I had spinach and sunflower seeds! I would change out the blue cheese for goat cheese or feta as I'm not a huge blue fan, but I can't wait to try this! I will be visiting the grocery store tomorrow.

Joanne said...

Spinach is one of my favorite salad greens so bring.IT.ON. And homemade salad dressing is the only way to go! Love this!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I love the flavor of baby spinach in salads -- the honey mustard is one of my fav dressings too. This is just the salad for me!

Monet said...

It is so hot here, Laura....we need all the salads we can get! I love making my own dressings too, and I don't do it nearly enough. This salad would make any greens-loving person happy! Thank you for sharing yet another creative and delicious eat. I hope you have a wonderful end to your work week. I wish tomorrow was Friday but it will get here soon enough!

Anonymous said...

I never really get sickof salads... or spinach. No need at all to say sorry Laura!!This sounds so good and sooooo refreshing.

Anonymous said...

I never really get sickof salads... or spinach. No need at all to say sorry Laura!!This sounds so good and sooooo refreshing.

Mads said...

Ooo it looks so easy and flavorful!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

I love spinach salad and love your blog! I'll be back for another visit soon.

Simones Kitchen said...

There is nothing wrong with another spinach salad. Can;t have enough of good salads as far as I'm concerned!

Sue said...

We love salads at our house, and it's a good way to eat our spinach:) I love that you can sort of clean out the fridge by throwing whatever you want into a salad. I think it's time to finally use my shaker bottle to make my own dressing. Thanks keep me healthy, lol!

Unknown said...

The salad looks wonderful.

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