Sweet and Salty Apple Salad
When salad comes to mind, people tend to think of a rather pathetic pile of lettuce, carrot and tomato, maybe some cucumber and with the salad dressing on the side (because… calories).
As a dietitian, I then often have the difficult task of advising clients to include more vegetables in their diet. This is ultimately because of this misconception... that salads have to resemble ‘rabbit food’, with the dressing on the side, in order for it to be healthy.
But I am here to tell you that It really doesn’t have to be this way.
When I hear people say “salad dressings are unhealthy” it honestly makes me want to scream.
I personally believe that salad dressings are one of THE healthiest things you can keep in your fridge and include in your salads. This is because pretty much EVERYONE is more likely to eat a salad (and hence more vegetables) if it’s prepared in a nice way that actually tastes good.
Kale can’t be considered a superfood, if you want to gag while you eat it or if it goes off in the bottom of your crisper each week.
Too often salads have been put to the side or considered something that we ‘should’ be eating, rather than something that we actually want to eat or crave (and considering the above, I'm not surprised). With the warmer weather well and truly here, I think it’s time to give salad the attention it deserves and make salad the main event of a meal. Keep reading below for an easy and delicious apple salad recipe
2 cups of Baby spinach leaves
3 small red apples, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
1/2 cup of walnuts or peanuts
200g (1 standard packet) of crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup dried cranberries or sultanas
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
1/4 cup of white vinegar/rice wine vinegar (or lemon/lime juice)
2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon of fresh parsley (chopped)
Salt and pepper to taste
Add spinach, apple, onion, walnuts, feta and cranberries/sultanas into a large bowl and toss
In a jar, add olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey/maple syrup and salt and pepper to taste
Shake well to combine the dressing
Serve the dressing over the salad when ready to serve