Spinach, Apple, and Walnut Salad

If you’ve been paying attention, this week I’ve eaten peanut butter blondies, cheesy enchiladas and pizza.  Um, wasn’t I supposed to be watching my weight?  Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a salad?  I certainly think so!  This time of year brings out my love affair for apples, particularly McIntosh, so I decided to grab a couple and make Spinach, Apple, and Walnut Salad.  This salad mixes together baby spinach (I used spring mixed greens), chopped apples, toasted walnuts, and goat cheese (I used feta) and is flavored with a light lemon-honey vinaigrette.  The apples are tart yet sweet, the toasted walnuts add a little crunch, and the feta provides a slight tang.  This is one filling and tasty salad that isn’t boring and won’t leave you feeling hungry afterward.

The ingredients:

Chop the apples and mix with lemon juice to prevent browning.

In a bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper.

Mix the greens and apples in a separate bowl.  Drizzle with vinaigrette.

Toast the walnuts in a small pan over medium heat.

Add the toasted walnuts and feta to the salad.  That’s it!

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Spring mixed greens
  • Reduced-fat feta cheese

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Real Simple Magazine

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