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

  • 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

  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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  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.

  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

  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!

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

  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

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