Crisp baby spinach, spring mix lettuces, tart apples, sweet raisins, crunchy almonds, and the ultimate honey cider salad dressing all combined to create a fantastic Spinach Apple Salad.
I made this salad three times within a month the first time I made it. And in the years since then, this salad has made frequent appearances in my home.
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Spinach Apple Salad
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The Honey Cider Dressing is wonderfully tangy and sweet and the combination of those flavors with the rest of the Spinach Apple Salad immediately made this one of my all-time favorite salads.
I was determined to serve this with my Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago. So, I played with several different ways to make the salad in advance and still keep the apples fresh. (Like most people I know, making as many of the Thanksgiving dishes as possible in advance keeps me the happiest!)
Everything I tried initially, changed the flavor of the salad too much. Fortunately, apple cider vinegar did the trick and after 36 hours in the fridge, the salad still had apples that were crisp, white, and tasting like fresh apples.
Make Ahead Directions
To prepare this advance: I recommend treating the apples to avoid browning. As you are slicing them, place them directly into a small bowl filled with 2 cups of cold water and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar.
Soak the sliced apples for about 5 minutes and then drain. Blot dry with a cloth or paper towels and then store in an airtight container until ready to assemble the salad.
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Honey Cider Dressing Recipe
- In a small glass bowl, warm the honey and the vinegar in the microwave. Stir together until the honey dissolves. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, onion, parsley, and oil in the pitcher of an electric blender.
- Add the honey mixture and blend until thoroughly combined. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Spinach Apple Salad Recipe
- In a skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds until they are fragrant and browned. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl or on a platter, combine the spinach, lettuces, raisins, almonds, and apple slices. Lightly drizzle the salad with approximately half of the prepared dressing just before serving. Store the remaining dressing in the refrigerator.