Lindsay Ann Bakes: {VIDEO} Fall Spinach Salad with Apple, Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds and Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Thursday, November 12, 2015

{VIDEO} Fall Spinach Salad with Apple, Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds and Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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Today we’re switching it up and taking a break from all the baking to make a super simple but impressive fall Spinach Salad with Apples, Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds and crumbles of Blue Cheese!


This is such a great addition to Thanksgiving dinner, or goes perfect with my pumpkin biscuits and pumpkin mac and cheese for a really festive Autumn meal.


This salad has so many wonderful fall flavors and textures in every bite and it is so fresh and filling and healthy and so easy to throw together.


I like to start with a bed of hearty spinach in a large serving bowl.Then just before you’re ready to serve it, slice up a crisp juicy apple. Add some sweet chewy dried cranberries. Some pepitas, which are little pumpkin seeds, for a little crunch and some soft crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese.


Look how gorgeous this looks. It’s nice and healthy and looks just beautiful with all the different colors.


For the honey apple cider vinaigrette to top it off, just shake everything up in a jar to let all the ingredients come together for a simple dressing that pairs perfectly with this salad.


Then just serve and drizzle the dressing right on top!


Enjoy!




Fall Spinach Salad with Apple, Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds  and Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Ingredients

Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette:
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1-2 teaspoons Dijon of honey mustard
  • 1/3-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon  pepper, to taste


Salad:
  • 5 cups spinach
  • 1 apple, sliced 
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup toasted pepitas (hulled green pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta or blue cheese 

Directions
For dressing, vigorously shake together all ingredients, in a closed jar. 

Just before serving, slice the apple into thin, bite-sized pieces. Place your greens in a large serving bowl. Top with sliced apple, dried cranberries and pepitas. Use a fork to crumble the goat cheese over the salad. Gently toss to mix all of the ingredients and serve with dressing.



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