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Last week, someone was supposed to bring us dinner but it fell through because of illness. I had purchased groceries to make my very quick D-Hall Feta Pasta, but I wanted a yummy side dish. So I created this super easy spinach salad, and it was DIVINE!
It’s also easy to substitute what you have on hand. Swap blue cheese for feta, pecans for walnuts, strawberry jam for cherry, pears for apples. But for some reason this combination just hit the spot for me!
Five-Minute Spinach Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette
Baby spinach leaves – about half a bag or 4-5 cups, loosely packed
1 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
.5 cup walnuts (toasted if you want, but that may make the recipe more than 5 minutes)
half an apple, diced
Cherry Vinaigrette (see below)
Toss above ingredients. Try not to eat all the feta and walnuts before you put the dressing on the salad.
Whisk juice into the jam until jam is broken up and smooth. Whisk in olive oil until you reach desired dressing consistency. (I like just enough oil to make it runny so it is still very acidic, but it’s up to you.) Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over salad and toss.
Makes 4 side salad portions.
Not sponsored by Smuckers or POM Wonderful, those are just what I used in this recipe when I created it and I thought they worked well!