SaladMalia Howe

Apple Spinach Salad

SaladMalia Howe
Apple Spinach Salad

So, I'm getting braces this week (gasp!), and all I can think about is how hard and awkward it will be to eat crunchy, fresh foods (in addition to looking like a 13 year old of course). It's my first time at the braces rodeo, so I'm a tad on the nervous side.  In response to these feelings, I've been eating raw carrots and salads like a boss. This particular spinach salad was a standout, and I ate a huge bowl of it every single day for at least 4 days. It's the perfect way to enjoy the delicious in-season apples, and with the addition of toasted nuts and goat cheese, it's darn near salad perfection. You could make it a meal with the addition of cooked chicken or even some crumbled bacon. Live it up, friends.

Apple Spinach Salad

-slightly adapted from gimmesomeoven.com

To make your salad(s), you will need--

  • baby spinach or other green--baby kale would also be great here, as would spring mix
  • chopped or sliced apples--I used honeycrisp
  • crumbled goat cheese
  • toasted pecan halves (or walnuts as she calls for in the original recipe)
  • dried cherries (my preference) or craisins
  • thinly sliced red onion. Don't leave this out, you really need the bite of the onion to balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.

*Note--I'm not giving you exact proportions of the above ingredients because I don't know how many people you want to serve, or how much you like each of the ingredients. I'm not the boss of your salad. Your salad, your choice.

Dressing--I doubled this so I'd have extra, and am giving you the doubled proportions. This is a good all-purpose dressing, so extra is nice and would be great on roasted veggies as well.

 The lunch of a girl who is trying to live it up before a mouth full of braces. Sigh.

The lunch of a girl who is trying to live it up before a mouth full of braces. Sigh.

  • 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 T. Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 T honey or maple syrup if desired (I used it, and I used honey)
  • salt/pepper