Apple Pecan Feta Spinach Salad w/ Maple Cider Vinaigrette

The perfect salad to make anytime of year since good apples are always easy to come by. Spinach is layered with fresh juicy apples, crunchy pecans, tangy feta, sweet cranberries, salty bacon and it's finished with bright cider vinaigrette.

Servings: 7

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 8 minutes

Ready in: 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 oz baby spinach

  • 3 small gala apples or 2 medium , cored and thinly sliced

  • 1 cup pecans , toasted

  • 4 oz feta cheese , crumbled (don't use the pre-crumbled stuff)

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • 12 oz bacon , cooked and crumbled (optional)

  • 1/2 small red onion , sliced into thin strips (optional)

Maple-Cider Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup

  • 2 tsp dijon mustard

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. If using red onion, place slices in a colander and run under warm water for about 10 seconds, tossing once, to remove harsh bite. Drain well.

  2. In a large salad bowl toss together spinach, apples, pecans, feta, cranberries and optional bacon and red onion. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad and toss to evenly coat. Serve immediately after adding dressing.

  3. For the dressing: Add all ingredients to a medium mason jar. Cover with lid and shake to blend well (or alternately just blend well in a bowl with a whisk).

Notes

Recipe source: inspired by Southern Living

Nutrition:



COURSE: SALAD

CUISINE: AMERICAN

KEYWORD: APPLE SALAD, SPINACH SALAD

AUTHOR: JACLYN

Recipe Credit: Cooking Classy

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