Apple Spinach Salad

Spinach

It’s the end of October and I’m still pulling dark leafy kale out of my garden, which I love using in salads all chopped up and bite size, and yet, I couldn’t resist these tiny, delicate baby spinach leaves at the co-op a few days ago.

It’s a good thing I grabbed them because finding a way to use them led me to creating a salad I can’t get enough of.  Let me repeat:

I. Can’t. Get. Enough. Of.

This apple spinach salad combines some of my favorite flavors-oregano, spinach, apple and fresh lemon.  Seems like it would make a great spring or summer salad though is filling in the blanks (of this candida free diet I’m working through) quite well.

The dressing is soooo tasty.  When you combine it with the nuts, the soft spinach leaves and the tangy apple, it’s like a party for my tastebuds.  I know it’s a hit because even my husband really likes it.  He can’t stand vinegar dressings, and as gluten is out for us that includes most standard dressings.

I love it when everyone is happy.

Apple Spinach Salad

Nichole Hirsch Kuechle
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 apple chopped-I have used both Sweet Tango and Granny Smith and love the taste equally
  • 1/2 cup soaked and roasted cashews chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 cube frozen minced garlic
  • The dressing is adapted from Nourishing Meals and makes one large salad, enough for two people. You could double and store the rest in the fridge for up to three days, but it never lasts that long around here.

Instructions
 

  • Toss the spinach together in a bowl with the apple and cashews. Drizzle with dressing and toss.
  • If dairy isn't an issue, one could toss in cubes raw cheddar cheese.

Notes

To keep fresh lemon juice on hand, I purchase a glass bottle of fresh lemon juice, pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, pop them into a freezer ziploc and store for use in juices, smoothies, fruit snacks or dressing. I also keep Dorot brand frozen cubes of garlic on hand for when I'm out of a fresh head.
Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Hi there, Nichi here! I am a Clinical Master in Advanced Nutrition Response Testing. Discovering natural healing methods for mind and body finally led me toward health restoration — and my calling in life. I have come alongside families in transforming their physical and mental health for more than 20 years and am honored to have their trust. Glad to have you join this community.
Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Nichole Hirsch Kuechle

Hi there, Nichi here! I am a Clinical Master in Advanced Nutrition Response Testing. Discovering natural healing methods for mind and body finally led me toward health restoration — and my calling in life. I have come alongside families in transforming their physical and mental health for more than 20 years and am honored to have their trust. Glad to have you join this community.

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