This Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing is a delicious winter salad recipe that’s packed with healthy greens, fruit, nuts, sweet onions, sharp blue cheese and buttery goat cheese, all topped with a sweet balsamic salad dressing!

 

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Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Well friends, I sure hope you and your family have been able to avoid the awful flu that’s been going around lately! Unfortunately it’s completely sidelined us for the last week or so, which is why it’s been a little quiet here on thebusybaker.ca for the last few days! Thankfully we’re over the worst of it now and I’m able to bring you this absolutely DELICIOUS recipe today that you are going to LOVE – Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is one of my favourite lunches lately and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette in beige speckled pottery bowl

I don’t know about you, but my love for salads definitely doesn’t die with the end of summer. I mean, who says salads are just for summer anyway, right?? I love putting a seasonal spin on my favourite salads, allowing me to enjoy local ingredients in season and still get all my greens in! This Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is actually a wintery version of my favourite Berry Walnut Spinach Salad that I make at least weekly in the summer. I’ve swapped the berries for delicious apples, added 2 of my favourite cheeses – blue cheese and goat cheese, because I couldn’t decide on one! – and settled on a deliciously easy Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing to top it all off!

Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette with red and green apples

Looking for more healthy salad recipes? Make a Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing or an Orange Berry Pomegranate Superfood Salad .

Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette with olive wood salad servers

Of course, if you’re not a fan of blue cheese or goat cheese, feel free to skip the cheese altogether or choose the one you like the most. I’m partial to both and the sharp blue cheese paired with the buttery goat cheese on this Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, but the beauty of salads is you can make them however you please! Just don’t forget those healthy greens!!

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I hope you love this Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing as much as we do! Let me know in the comments below, what’s your favourite way to get your greens in? A smoothie? A salad? I’d love to know!!

 

 

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Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing is a delicious winter salad recipe that's packed with healthy greens, fruit, nuts, sweet onions, sharp blue cheese and buttery goat cheese, all topped with a sweet balsamic salad dressing!

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Winter
Keyword Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 263 kcal
Author Chrissie

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 6 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 golden delicious apple thinly sliced
  • 1 honeycrisp apple thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbled

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Add the spinach, apple slices, onion slices, and walnuts to a large bowl. 

  2. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

  3. Pour the dressing over the salad, toss well, and top with the goat cheese and blue cheese.

Recipe Notes

Because apples brown when exposed to the air, it's a good idea to enjoy this salad within 30 minutes of preparation.

The remainder of the salad ingredients can be assembled ahead of time, and the dressing can also be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until serving.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Walnut Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Amount Per Serving (4 servings)
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 219mg10%
Potassium 477mg14%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 4480IU90%
Vitamin C 15.8mg19%
Calcium 150mg15%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.