Apple cranberry spinach salad

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Apple cranberry spinach salad filled with greens, crisp apples, dried cranberries, walnuts, feta cheese and a delicious honey dijon dressing. The perfect side dish for any holiday dinner! Apple cranberry spinach salad filled with greens, crisp apples, dried cranberries, walnuts, feta cheese and a delicious honey dijon dressing. The perfect side dish for any holiday dinner!

Have you started planning your holiday menus? Crazy to think Thanksgiving is just a couples weeks away.  It is one of my favorites and one I crave often. If you’re looking for a salad to make for Thanksgiving or Christmas, this spinach salad recipe needs to be on your list. It’s so quick to whip up and you probably already have a lot of the ingredients on hand. The BEST spinach salad recipe topped with apples, cranberries, walnuts and feta

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Spinach salad

I like to use baby spinach as the base of this salad and add in a spring mix if I have some on hand. Then it’s topped with sliced apples, dried cranberries, walnuts (pecans also taste great), feta cheese and a honey dijon dressing. If I’m feeling extra naughty, I’ll throw in some candied pecans, which are a real treat. This is the perfect Christmas salad because it has red and green colors mixed in. It will blend perfect on your holiday table and be a healthy side dish that everyone will enjoy.

Honey dijon dressing

The homemade honey dijon dressing is what really takes it over the top. I love this dressing on so many different salads. It is so yummy and only takes a couple minutes to whip up. All you need for this dressing is olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, salt and pepper. To make things easier, you can toss the ingredients in a mason jar, shake it up and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it.

Homemade honey dijon dressing recipe -so yummy!

I’m not going to lie I haven’t been craving too much salad this pregnancy, but when I made this recipe for the photos I couldn’t stop eating it. I forgot just how much I loved it and have made it several times since then. My favorite Christmas salad - made with spinach, apple, cranberry, walnut, feta and a honey dijon dressing.

Spinach salad recipe

Apple cranberry spinach salad

Apple cranberry spinach salad filled with greens, crisp apples, dried cranberries, walnuts, feta cheese and a delicious honey dijon dressing. The perfect side dish for any holiday dinner!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 to 8 cups prewashed spinach or spring mix
  • 1 large apple, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, honey, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve and stir before serving. The dressing stays good up to one week.

When ready to serve, place the spinach in a large bowl. Top with apple slices, cranberries and feta cheese. Drizzle with the dressing and toss until combined. Serve immediately.

*If prepping ahead of time, make sure to add the apples and dressing right before serving.

*Pears and pomegranate seeds make a great alternative to apples and cranberries.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Melissa Howell posted on November 10, 2017 at 5:50 pm (#
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    I’m craving this salad just looking at the photos, too! It looks so delicious and healthy! (I’d say the same thing even if the nuts were candied :)) I’ve never made a honey dijon dressing before, but I’m definitely going to have to give this salad a try!