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Spring mix and spinach make a great base to top with apples, raisins, and nuts in this spinach apple salad.

Spinach Salad with Apples

Fresh and light salads hit the spot any time of the year. Full of apples and toasted nuts, this salad is a hit whenever I serve it. It always amazes me when we get together with friends this is the first bowl emptied.

I was thinking the other day about how far salad options have come over the years. As a kid, all I really remember is iceberg lettuce and maybe the occasional green leaf lettuce used as a garnish in a restaurant or on a burger.

Today there are so many options available year around when it comes to lettuce. From spinach to spring mixes full of arugula, romaine, chard, endive, radicchio, and a whole host of other lettuces.

Spinach Spring Salad Mix and Apples

Spinach Apple Salad

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a good steakhouse-style iceberg wedge with bacon, bleu cheese, and tomatoes. However, the different textures and flavors of the lettuce we can get regularly in our local stores have me enjoying salads more than ever.

This Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad is easy, yet always appreciated. It’s a great dish to take to any gathering. Keeping the apples crisp and white and from turning brown is the trick.

To do this, as you are slicing them, place them directly into a small bowl filled with 2 cups of cold water and ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak them for about 5 minutes and then drain. Blot dry with a cloth or paper towel.

spring lettuce mix

Spinach Apple Salad Recipe

  • baby spinach leaves
  • spring mix lettuces
  • raisins
  • sliced almonds toasted
  • medium granny smith apples

Honey Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

  • apple cider vinegar
  • honey
  • mayonnaise
  • dijon mustard
  • yellow onion
  • fresh parsley
  • light flavor olive oil
Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

Dressing Instructions

  1. In a small glass bowl, warm the honey and the vinegar in the microwave. Stir together until the honey dissolves. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, onion, parsley, and oil in the pitcher of an electric blender.
  2. Add the honey mixture and blend until thoroughly combined. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Salad Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds until they are fragrant and browned. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl or on a platter, combine the spinach, lettuces, raisins, almonds, and apple slices. Lightly drizzle the salad with approximately half of the prepared dressing just before serving. Store the remaining dressing in the refrigerator.
Spinach, Apples Toasted Almond Salad

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Spring mixes with arugula, red lead lettuce, spinach, and other lettuces make for such a great base for so many salads and recipes.

Apple Walnut Salad with blueberries, goat cheese, plenty of fresh greens, and parsley is a fall favorite and it is a perfect match for the very popular Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette too!

Arugula Tomato Salad celebrates the sweet summer freshness of tomatoes with the peppery bite of arugula glazed with balsamic.

Fresh corn, bell peppers, jalapenos, cilantro, and onion are tossed with lime and a sprinkling of spices to create this Southwest Corn Salad perfect on a bed of spring salad mix.

Spinach Spring Salad Mix and Apples

Spinach and Apple Salad

Spring mix and spinach make a great base to top with apples, raisins, and nuts in this spinach apple salad with a tangy sweet vinaigrette.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

Salad Ingredients

  • 4 ounces baby spinach leaves or 2 large handfuls
  • 4 ounces spring mix lettuces or 2 large handfuls
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 3 medium granny smith apples but into very thin slices

Honey Cider Dressing Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • tablespoons finely minced yellow onion
  • tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ¾ cup light flavor olive oil

Instructions

Dressing Instructions

  • In a small glass bowl, warm the honey and the vinegar in the microwave. Stir together until the honey dissolves. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, onion, parsley, and oil in the pitcher of an electric blender.
  • Add the honey mixture and blend until thoroughly combined. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Salad Instructions

  • In a skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds until they are fragrant and browned. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl or on a platter, combine the spinach, lettuces, raisins, almonds, and apple slices. Lightly drizzle the salad with approximately half of the prepared dressing just before serving. Store the remaining dressing in the refrigerator.

Notes

To prepare this advance: I recommend treating the apples to avoid browning. As you are slicing them, place them directly into a small bowl filled with 2 cups of cold water and ¼ cup apple cider vinegar. Soak them for about 5 minutes and then drain. Blot dry with a cloth or paper towels.

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal · Carbohydrates: 24g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 33g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g · Monounsaturated Fat: 19g · Trans Fat: 0.02g · Cholesterol: 4mg · Sodium: 109mg · Potassium: 340mg · Fiber: 3g · Sugar: 7g · Vitamin A: 2450IU · Vitamin C: 7mg · Calcium: 52mg · Iron: 2mg
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