This french inspired salad utilizes blue cheese, thinly sliced apples, and sunflower seeds to perk up a traditional spinach salad. Artisanal cheese works best here as well as a tart apple. Recipe from Vegetarian Times.
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 shallot, minced (about 3 TBSP)
- 1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds, hulled
- 1 (6 ounce) bag Baby Spinach
- 1 large apple, very thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 cup Roquefort cheese
- Make Vinaigrette. Combine vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in oil and water to emulsify. Stir in minced shallots.
- Make Salad. Place sunflower seeds in medium skillet. Toast over medium heat 5-6 minutes or until browned and fragrant. Transfer to small bowl and let cool.
- Thinly slice 1 large apple leaving peel on the apple for color. Use one large tart apple or two small contrasting flavors of apple.
- Just before serving, toss baby spinach, thinly sliced apple, crumbled roquefort, and cooled sunflower seeds with vinaigrette. Divide among salad plates and serve.
Oooooooh emmmmmm geeeeee! This was so good! I used a little sugar in place of the honey, but otherwise made as directed! So so good! Thank you for posting -- this will be a repeater in my house! made for Veg*N Swap 37!
Wonderful!! I used an imported Bleu cheese from Spain and a Granny Smith apple. The vinaigrette was great. I really liked the toasted sunflower seeds in this (a new one for me). Thanks for sharing. Made for ZWT7-Switzerland.
This was the best spinach salad I've ever eaten! Everything about it was great. I did substitute toasted slivered almonds for the sunflower seeds. I'll definetly make again, and again! Thanks for sharing.