Amazing Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta and Bacon

Amazing Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta and Bacon

  • Serves: Serves 6
Amazing Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta and Bacon

Amazing Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta and Bacon

Diets

  • Gluten free

Ingredients

  • Meat

    • 6 slices Applewood smoked bacon
  • Produce

    • 16 oz Baby spinach
    • 1 cup Cranberries or cherries, dried
    • 1 clove Garlic
    • 1 Honey crisp apples, thin
    • 1/2 Red onion, small
  • Condiments

    • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Baking & Spices

    • 1 Pinch Cayenne
    • 1/3 cup Granulated sugar
    • 1 Pepper, fresh cracked
    • 1 Pinch Salt
    • 1/2 tsp Salt
    • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Oils & Vinegars

    • 1/2 cup Olive oil, Extra Virgin
    • 1/4 cup Red wine vinegar
  • Nuts & Seeds

    • 1 cup Walnuts or pecans
  • Dairy

    • 1 cup Feta cheese crumbles

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Description

Kim, who gave me this recipe, alerted me to the most magnificent tip. I love onions but hate the after effects of eating them raw in a salad. To temper the onions a bit, soak the onion slices covered in cold water with a bit of baking soda (I use about 1/2 teaspoon soda). Let them sit for 15-20 minutes then rinse and drain well. Also, in my pictures, disregard the overly yellow color of my vinaigrette. I went a little crazy with the mustard when I made it this time. Yours probably wont be quite this yellow. Finally, this recipe makes an excellent main dish if served alongside grilled chicken and keep in mind that all the quantities can easily be adapted according to taste. Yum!

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces baby spinach
  • ½ small red onion, slivered (see note about tempering the onion flavor)
  • 6 slices of applewood smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled or chopped into small pieces
  • 1 cup Feta cheese crumbles, more or less to taste
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or cherries, more or less to taste
  • 1-2 Honey Crisp apples, cored and sliced thin
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of cayenne (more to taste if you want)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1-2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more or less to taste
  • Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions

  • For the dressing, shake all the ingredients together in a mason jar until well combined or run them through a quick blender cycle. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The dressing can be made up to a week in advance.
  • For the nuts, lightly toast the nuts in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, checking often so they dont burn. While they toast, place the sugar, cayenne and salt in a skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the sugar mixture until it liquifies completely, adjusting the heat so it doesnt bubble and burn. Toss in the toasted nuts and stir to coat the nuts with sugar. Let the sugared nuts cool completely.
  • To assemble the salad, toss all the salad ingredients together along with the cooled nuts. Serve immediately with the vinaigrette alongside. All the components can be measured out/prepped ahead of time and stored separately (I like to soak the apples in a bit of lemon juice in water to help prevent browning). Just toss right before serving. Enjoy!
  • Serves: Serves 6
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Spinach Salad with Nuts, Apples and Bacon

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This spinach salad with sweet-spicy nuts, apples, feta and bacon is the type of salad you absolutely need in your company-feeding repertoire.

Amazing Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta and Bacon

  • Meat

    • 6 slices Applewood smoked bacon
  • Produce

    • 16 oz Baby spinach
    • 1 cup Cranberries or cherries, dried
    • 1 clove Garlic
    • 1 Honey crisp apples, thin
    • 1/2 Red onion, small
  • Condiments

    • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Baking & Spices

    • 1 Pinch Cayenne
    • 1/3 cup Granulated sugar
    • 1 Pepper, fresh cracked
    • 1 Pinch Salt
    • 1/2 tsp Salt
    • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Oils & Vinegars

    • 1/2 cup Olive oil, Extra Virgin
    • 1/4 cup Red wine vinegar
  • Nuts & Seeds

    • 1 cup Walnuts or pecans
  • Dairy

    • 1 cup Feta cheese crumbles

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Spinach Salad with Nuts, Apples and Bacon

This spinach salad with sweet-spicy nuts, apples, feta and bacon is the type of salad you absolutely need in your company-feeding repertoire.