Apple, White Cheddar, and Spinach Salad with Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Apples and cheddar just go together. I’ve always loved the combination.

It’s Monday and time to think about staring the week off on a healthy note after some Superbowl party indulgences.

Apple, White Cheddar, and Spinach Salad with Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette - The flavors just POP in this fast, easy, and healthy salad!

There are so many wonderful textures and flavors in every bite you can’t help but like it. It’s filling, satisfying, and healthy.

Hearty spinach, crisp juicy apples, salty cheese, chewy orange-flavored dried cranberries, and Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds for extra crunch. February is heart health month and Fisher has nine products certified by the American Heart Association as heart healthy.

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Apple, White Cheddar, and Spinach Salad with Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette - The flavors just POP in this fast, easy, and healthy salad!

I made a simple shake-it-together vinaigrette that’s tangy-yet-sweet from the apple cider vinegar, honey, and mustard. It coats each and every bite perfectly.

Dressings can make or break salads and this one is a keeper. If you have extra, it’ll keep airtight in the fridge for a week.

Apple, White Cheddar, and Spinach Salad with Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette - The flavors just POP in this fast, easy, and healthy salad!

Salads may not be quite as fun to eat as Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies and warm Chocolate Chip Cookies, but they’re reality if you want to fit into your clothes.

Honestly though this is the food I crave day in, day out.

Apple, White Cheddar, and Spinach Salad with Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette - The flavors just POP in this fast, easy, and healthy salad!

I loved this salad and so did my family.

Here’s to sticking with those New Year’s resolutions into February.

Apple, White Cheddar, and Spinach Salad with Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette - The flavors just POP in this fast, easy, and healthy salad!

Apple, White Cheddar, and Spinach Salad with Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette

There are so many wonderful textures and flavors in every bite you can’t help but like it. It’s filling, satisfying, and healthy. Hearty spinach, crisp juicy apples, salty cheese, chewy orange-flavored dried cranberries, and almonds for extra crunch. There’s a simple shake-it-together vinaigrette that’s tangy-yet-sweet from olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, and mustard. It coats each and every bite perfectly. If you have extra, it’ll keep airtight in the fridge for a week.

Ingredients:

Salad
about 6 cups fresh spinach
1 large apple, cored and sliced very thin (try Envy, Gala, Fuji, or similar)
1 cup grated aged white cheddar
1/2 cup dried orange-flavored cranberries (I use Trader Joe’s; plain dried cranberries may be substituted)
1/2 cup Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds

Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette 
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons mustard (I like either dijon or honey mustard)
3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
3/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Salad – To a large bowl or platter, add all ingredients in the order listed; set aside.
  2. Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette – In a small glass jar or container with a lid, add all ingredients, put the lid on and shake vigorously until combined; taste vinaigrette and tweak as necessary to taste. Drizzle over salad, toss to combine, and serve immediately. If you don’t use all the vinaigrette, extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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51 comments on “Apple, White Cheddar, and Spinach Salad with Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette”

  1. Can you substitute Guyere or Swiss cheese for the aged white cheddar?

  2. So, learned something new today. Those cranberries my husband “hates” somehow are perfectly awesome on salad. Go figure. Made it for myself thinking he wouldn’t want any since it has all the elements of nothing he likes. But I think I am one step closer to incorporating non-ranch salad in my life. Can I get an AMEN!

    • That is awesome he liked the cranberries, even though he previously ‘hated’ them. Yeah, kids (and men) can be soooo fickle about what they think they don’t like, when it’s presented in a new way! Love it when this happens!

  3. Make it today! Yum!! Ok, used glazed walnuts because I used the last of the pecans to make spiced nuts.
    p.s. I’m cheating on you with Christina Tosi and making cornflake, marshmallow and chocolate chip cookies. lol

  4. Yep, most were fairly flat. It did seem to be too much butter and there wasn’t enough chocolate (but after 10 minutes of creaming butter/sugar/egg with a hand mixer I wasn’t thinking I wanted to mix anything else in). I’ve made the compost and the blueberries and cream before…with the same results. I do like the crumbly bits in them tho’ (yeah, i cheated on the graham cracker pie crumbs and broke up a Kebbler crust). I really like some of the ideas so I guess I’m going to work on making the parts I like work in practice. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your stuff!!

    • Sorry to hear yours were flat-ish (but it’s common with her recipes I’ve found and not surprising, as frustrating as it is!). She had great ideas for add-ins, crumbly bits, unique textures and flavors, it’s just a matter of working those things into a dough base that holds up better, IMO :)

  5. Tried this salad yesterday. My family – not cranberries lovers. Well, they are now. Food presented in the right way can make wonders.

  6. I’m making this salad tonight! Just replacing the almonds with sunflower seeds.  Should be yummy!

  7. Love the vinaigrette!

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