Cheddar and Apple Spinach Salad

Cooking for One or Two, Recipes, Worknight Dinners

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Just when you thought we were done here with apples, I have a cheddar and apple spinach salad. 

We all have nights where OMG we just don’t feel like cooking.

Some of you might not like cooking in the first place, but you’re here because you think I’m charming, or good looking, or because you’re related to me.

For nights when turning on the oven is the last thing you want to do but you can’t stand the idea of a sandwich, throw together a quick spinach salad.

Spinach is packed with iron and vitamin A, along with beta-carotene to help protect your night vision.

The antioxidants found in spinach are said to help prevent tissue and cellular damage in the body. Spinach is probably one of the more popular leafy greens next to lettuce.

I like a good bowl of mixed baby greens as much as the next girl, but to know you’re eating something with great health benefits rather than just, well, nothing, is a good feeling.

I had just been to the grocery store, so I played “empty the fridge” into this salad even though while I was shopping, I did have it in the back of my mind.

Cheddar and Apple Spinach Salad
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Recipe type: Cooking for One or Two, Weeknight Dinners
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Serves: 1 salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 cups baby spinach (can use more if you like a hearty salad)
  • 1 Golden Delicious Apple (chopped, with skin)
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup white beans (I used cannellini)
  • 1 ounce cheddar cheese, sliced into chunks
  • Drizzle with dressing of your choice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Toss ingredients together on a plate and top with dressing. Serve alongside a bowl of butternut squash or winter vegetable soup or with crusty 7-grain bread for a hearty dinner, or by itself for a tasty yet virtuous lunch.
 

 

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    brandy
    November 23, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I made this today (using your tips) and it was absolutely delicious! Love the ingredients and it meets my ‘gluten free’ needs. Thanks for posting this!

  • Reply
    Anna
    November 17, 2008 at 3:00 am

    YUMMY!

  • Reply
    Kevin
    November 15, 2008 at 3:00 am

    This salad sounds great!

  • Reply
    Amy
    November 15, 2008 at 3:00 am

    How have you been?! It’s been awhile since I’ve been reading some blogs- work has been crazy!
    I love your redesign! It’s very cool!
    Have you ever tried Sargentos cheeses? Yummy…

  • Reply
    noble pig
    November 15, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Sounds delicious. what a perfect little meal this would be.

  • Reply
    alexandra's kitchen
    November 14, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I love that game. I always have some sort of cheese, some sort of dried fruit and some sort of nut to add — the worst is when I don’t have an apple or orange or some sort of fruit. I love love love apples with cheddar!

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    Debbie Davis
    November 14, 2008 at 3:00 am

    This looks wonderful. Hmmmm….. I think I need to go to the store — I may make this for lunch! (:

  • Reply
    Aggie
    November 13, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I am loving spinach lately…your salad looks great!!

  • Reply
    susan
    November 13, 2008 at 3:00 am

    That is so creative. I think salads are such a snooze that I end up throwing so many things in it that actually make it not healthy anymore, but this one looks amazing!
    And, I love that you go into detail with the nutrition information.

  • Reply
    annie
    November 13, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Your salad looks so yummy.
    I had a macoun apple today for my mid afternoon snack. It was so tasty!
    I’m trying to eat 5 times a day lately to keep my metabolism going.

  • Reply
    katelin
    November 13, 2008 at 3:00 am

    yum yum and yum.

  • Reply
    Paula
    November 12, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I’m all for salads that don’t use massive amounts of . . . well, SALAD . . . but I am not a massive fan of fruit in savoury things. All the same, I’m almost tempted by this.

  • Reply
    Andrea [bellaeats]
    November 12, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Lovely salad! I’m on an apple kick too…just picked 18+ pounds at an orchard. I recently discovered your blog and I’m really liking it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Muse in the Kitchen
    November 12, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I love apple salads – this one looks really good. I like the addition of the beans, definitely makes it more substantial!

  • Reply
    Sara
    November 12, 2008 at 3:00 am

    This looks really delicious, and healthy too!

  • Reply
    stylishhandwriting
    November 12, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Yum! I love throwing random things into salads. And fruit in salads? A major love of mine.

  • Reply
    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    November 12, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I have a spinach salad of one sort or another (a lot of “fridge dump”) almost every night. It’s a great way to get those dark leafy greens into your diet, and spinach can take some very aggressive salad partners. One of my favorite combinations is steamed asparagus and strawberries, drizzled with a balsamic vinegar. I also like nectarines, blue cheese and spinach.

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    soulchocolate
    November 12, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Excellent idea! this is just what I will have for my dinner starter tonight. Guess what? I happen to have ready spinach leaves and apples in my refrigerator. Thanks for reminding me to use them up!

  • Reply
    KC
    November 12, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Everything you make looks amazing! I want to jump through my computer screen and eat it!
    Thanks for the nice comment as well. 🙂

  • Reply
    ANG*
    November 12, 2008 at 3:00 am

    sounds perfect. love throwing all sorts of stuff in a bowl and calling it dinner. but lately i’ve even been too lazy for a salad. *maybe* i’ll wake up early enough to make one before work?

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