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Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad - an insanely delicious and super healthy salad - perfect for any fall/holiday get together!
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 266 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • For the almonds:
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • To plump the dried cranberries:
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • For the dressing:
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 medium clove garlic finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • For the salad:
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 1 large crisp red apple I like Fugi or Pink Lady, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils or seeds
  1. For the almonds, preheat the oven to 300˚F. Line a sheet pan with foil. Combine slivered almonds, olive oil, honey and kosher salt on the sheet pan and stir to combine. Don’t worry if the honey doesn’t coat all the nuts. Bake for 5 minutes, then stir to redistribute. Repeat 2-3 times (baking 5 minutes, then stirring) until almonds are light golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir to separate, then set aside to cool. (See note below* on advance preparation.)

  2. Combine cranberries and 1 tablespoon water in a small microwave-safe glass (or ceramic) cup or bowl. Cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap and cook on high for 40 seconds. Remove from microwave and set aside to cool. (See note below* on advance preparation.)
  3. Combine all dressing ingredients in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Cover tightly and shake well. Set aside. (See note below* on advance preparation.)
  4. For the salad, combine spinach and apple slices. Drizzle ¼ cup of the dressing over the salad. Top with dried cranberries, pomegranates and almonds. Toss before serving. Pass extra dressing at the table.
Recipe Notes

*To make ahead:
The cranberries can be prepared a day in advance. Set aside to cool, then refrigerate in an airtight container. Remove from refrigerator and hour before serving.
The dressing can be made up to 1 day in advance, covered tightly, and refrigerated. Remove from the refrigerator an hour before serving.
The almonds can be toasted up to 1 day in advance; store at room temperature in an airtight container.
** Intimidated by pomegranates? Don't pay an arm and a leg for the prepared seeds. Check out this easy tutorial - The Easy Way to Remove Pomegranate Arils, no water, no mess, no kidding!

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 244mg11%
Potassium 322mg9%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 2828IU57%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.