If you read my menu plans often, you know I don’t put tons of effort into my fruit and vegetable side dishes. I like sides that need no cooking(we eat a lot of vegetable salads and raw fruit), and this one is no exception. I’m indebted to my friend Laura for this idea(the same Laura who finally prodded me into going to Aldi!). She brought this salad over a few weeks ago when she and her family came for dinner, and all of my family loved it!
If you are fortunate enough to have an Aldi in your area, you can pick up all the ingredients for this salad for very little moola(the large bag of spinach picture below is only $1.39!).
sliced almonds(I think toasted pecans would be delicious too.)
dressing of your choice
To reduce the possibility of salad waste, I get out our salad bowls and make individual salads for everyone, based on the amount I think they’ll eat. This way, we don’t end up with a big bowl of salad in our fridge, and the unused ingredients can be put away for the next salad.
If you’re going to do it my way, just put spinach in each of the bowls and top it with the almonds, cranberries, and chopped apple. Then just pass the dressing at the table.
Or, if you’re making one big salad, just put the spinach into a large salad bowl, toss it with the cranberries, nuts, and chopped apple and add the dressing of your choice.
Enjoy your cheap and easy salad!
If you want to dress it up a little more, try using homemade spiced nuts as a topping. Totally delicious.
Saturday 4th of June 2011
Ohh that looks so good. I love spinach salads with fruit. There are many nights in the summer when I make a spinach and fruit salad and top it with a little grilled chicken and thats dinner.
Monday 29th of March 2010
I going to check out the Aldi this week..we have one right down the street. The spinach salad sounds and looks great! I have enjoyed reading your blogs and seeing pictures you post. I saw you on the 700 club and haven't missed a week since reading your blogs. I have done so much better at food waste...except for last week. I was just sick when I had to throw out the leftovers this morning. I will do better this week, I am determined!
Sunday 28th of March 2010
This is very good! We used a low cal raspberry vinegarette. I think if you added a little chicken this would be great for a lunch.
Sunday 28th of March 2010
I was looking at your menu plans for the week and clicked on your spinach salad link out of curiosity. It made me smile because this is very similar to the salad I frequently make for myself or to take to potluck dinners. Many restaurants serve some variation of this type of salad. Myself, I use various salad greens depending on what looks good and the price, and I add chopped apple and craisins as you do. Sometimes I add chopped raw fennel. Sometimes I've used chopped mango or oranges as the fruit. I most often use walnuts and blue cheese crumbles (over other types of nuts and cheeses). And usually I make my own salad dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a little sugar (or honey) and salt and pepper, shaken up in a jar. I've had it with a Rasberry Walnut bottled dressing which was excellent also. It's a great salad - and I'm not a huge salad lover! This one is always a winner.
Thursday 11th of March 2010
I just tried your Spinach salad- Very delicious!