This deliciously flavorful Spinach Salad with Apples & Pecans in an Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette contains only five ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to make. Perfect for lunch or dinner!
This week on #SundaySupper we've gathered some tasty new recipes for you to try that are perfect for picnicking; especially with National Picnic Day coming up on Thursday.
When I think of picnics, my mind automatically goes to salads and I always like to find new ones to add to our al fresco dining each year.
I decided to make this Spinach Salad with Apples & Pecans in an Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette and I think this one is a definite keeper!
How do you make Spinach Salad?
This spinach salad is so easy to make and with a few simple ingredients, it's ready in about 5-10 minutes. Start off by purchasing fresh baby spinach; then wash it in a salad spinner to make sure it's clean.
I never assume that pre-washed vegetables are totally clean (and after running it through a salad spinner, you'll see why!).
After your spinach is washed and fairly dry, add it to a bowl; then add the sliced apples and pecans.
How do you make Apple Balsamic Vinagrette?
Next, whisk together the apple balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. You can either dress your salad right before serving or keep the vinaigrette separate so that your guests can add as little or as much as they want.
I was a little hesitant about posting this recipe because as you all know, I generally only like to use ingredients that you can find locally. I had purchased this apple balsamic vinegar from a specialty shop in Philadelphia several months ago and thought it would go perfectly with this salad.
Before posting I went online and found that you can purchase this flavor vinegar at various stores online and even Walmart had a variety; though I'm not sure about the quality. If you can't find apple balsamic, a regular balsamic will do just fine.
This simple Spinach Salad with Apples & Pecans in an Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette was delicious with the perfect combination of flavors.
Because the salad is also vinegar based, it makes a nice salad to take to a picnic without worrying about keeping it on ice (that is unless you plan on leaving it out for several hours!).
One other suggestion I have is if you are not going to serve it immediately, I recommend dipping the sliced apples in some lemon juice so that they don't oxidize and turn brown before you're ready to eat. ~Enjoy!
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Spinach Salad with Apples & Pecans in an Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 8 cups fresh spinach (rinsed)
- 1 apple (cored and thinly sliced)
- ½ cup pecans
- ¼ cup apple balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- dash black pepper
- Add the cleaned spinach to a bowl; then top with sliced apples and pecans.
- Whisk together the vinegar, oil, salt and pepper; then pour over the salad (or place in a separate dispenser for later)
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Oh yum - I love the flavors in this salad!
Thank you Nichole!
Betsy @ Desserts Required says
Great tip about washing the spinach that is labeled 'pre-washed'! I am wondering what I have been eating all this time.
Your salad looks delicious and is a great idea for a picnic.
Thank you Betsy! They tend to package baby spinach in either bags or plastic containers. I would always rinse it in my colander, but after getting a salad spinner you can see just how much it really isn't that clean.
I love a fruit, nut and green salad, my ultimate fav!!
Laura Dembowski says
I agree that prewashed vegetables still need to be washed. I tend not to buy prewashed vegetables at all, but it would probably save some time. When I wash a bunch of kale, sometimes I have to wash it two or three times because it's so sandy.
I always have to wash greens a few times and until I got a salad spinner, I never realized just how dirty it was! Thanks for stopping by Laura!
Olive oil and vinegar specialty stores have gotten so popular. I haven't seen apple balsamic before but am going to look for it. This salad is stunning.
Cindys Recipes and Writings says
I love quick recipes like this salad!
Thanks for stopping by Cindy!
Bobbi from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen says
WOW does this salad sound clean and refreshing!! I love it Carrie!
Thanks Bobbi, it really was and so easy...added bonus!
What a wonderful salad, Carrie! I am a big fan of fruit and nuts with my greens---and your salad dressing sounds terrific, too!
Thanks so much Liz! I love the combination of fruit and nuts as well.
Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says
What a gorgeous salad! I love the apple and pecan combo with the balsamic vinaigrette! Yum!
Mary Ellen says
This looks so good, I love the dressing!
Thank you Mary Ellen!
Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says
I love the apples and pecans with the balsamic vinaigrette! A flavor power house!
It sure was Serena!
Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm says
What a great salad for anytime of the year.
Thanks for stopping by Wendy!
Tammi @Momma's Meals says
I'm making a similar salad for dinner tonight but I've got to try this dressing with it! Great picnic idea!
I love spinach salads! Looks awesome!
Thanks for stopping by Sarah, I'm glad you like it!
I'd love a big ole' bowl of your spinach salad!!! Love!
Courtney @ NeighborFood says
What a great salad! That dressing looks to die for!
Thanks Courtney and so simple to make too! 🙂
Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook says
I didn't know there was apple balsamic vinegar! That sounds incredible. Even still, all of these ingredients are a perfect marriage.
There are so many fun flavors! I also have a cherry balsamic that is out of this world too. Thanks for stopping by!