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January 15, 2011

Apple and walnut salad with balsamic vinaigrette

The great thing about this salad is that you can make it most any time. Apples are always available and taste good year around. We're trying to eat more salads to get in our 5 fruits and vegetables a day!

Serves 8-10
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes


  • 2 cups unpeeled, chopped tart red apple, (Braeburn, Honey Crisp, or Gala)
  • 2 cups unpeeled, chopped tart green apples (Granny Smith)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups toasted walnuts
  • 8 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • ½ cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


    For vinaigrette: Whisk together vinegar, EV olive oil, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Place spinach in large salad bowl. Top with apples, walnuts, and cranberries. Toss with vinaigrette and serve.

    Terri’s Tips:

  • spiced pecans, can be used to replace walnuts
  • Use white balsamic vinegar to avoid turning the apples brown
  • Toss the apple salad into your favorite pasta

  • Posted by terri at January 15, 2011 03:09 AM