Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall Apple, Pear and Spinach Salad; Paleo

So I am still working my way through those apples from our recent family trip to the orchard. Tonight I decided to make a salad using some of them. With that in mind I thought I would add some crisp pears, also in season and some spinach to make a simple "Fall Apple, Pear and Spinach Salad". This fun combination of ingredients comes together beautifully with the crunchy apples and ripe, juicy pears tossed with spinach and dried cranberries, in a tangy and slightly sweet dressing. Although I served this as a first course, feel free to add some grilled chicken and make it a complete meal.




Fall Apple, Pear and Spinach Salad

Recipe: Serves 4

Ingredients:
  • 2 medium pears, cored and thinly sliced (I used Green Anjou pears which are sweet with a smooth and juicy texture.)
  • 2 medium apples, cored and thinly sliced (I used Empire apples which are a cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious Red; a sweet, tart apple and excellent for salads.)
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 cups packaged fresh baby spinach 
  • dash ground black pepper
  • dash of sea salt 
  • 1/3  olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar or fresh apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon honey (Note: if you are following Whole 30 omit the honey from this recipe)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Preparation:
  1. Place pears and apples in a bowl; drizzle with lemon juice. Fill bowl with enough water to cover pears and apples. Place a small plate over pears and apples to submerge them in the water with lemon juice; set aside. In a large bowl combine spinach and cranberries; set aside.
  2. For dressing, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, pepper, salt and dry mustard. Add to spinach and cranberries. 
  3. Drain apples and pears; add to spinach mixture and toss gently. If desired sprinkle with additional cranberries. (Note: If you are not dairy free or nut free feel free to add a little goat cheese and/or pecans and toss in gently.) Enjoy!
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6 comments:

  1. This seems so simple to make but sounds delicious and filled with so much health. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

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  2. Marla, thanks so much; and yes this is an incredibly easy and delicious salad! Thanks for pinning and twitting this. Just found " Real Food Fridays" and really enjoyed checking out all the great recipes! Best, Phyllis

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  3. Hi,
    Just a note to let you know that I choose your post as one of my features on this weeks Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live tomorrow @ 7pm EST. Thanks for sharing and being part of Real Food Fridays!

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  4. Thanks Marla! I look forward to seeing what everyone shares this week on "Real Food Fridays"!
    Best,
    Phyllis

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  5. What a beautiful salad! :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I can't wait to see what you share this week! Its LIVE!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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    1. Thanks Cindy! Love Gluten Free Fridays and always look forward to seeing all the shared recipes! Best, Phyllis

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