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Spinach Apple Salad with Honey Cider Dressing


Crisp baby spinach, spring mix lettuces, tart apples, sweet raisins, crunchy almonds, and the ultimate honey cider salad dressing are combined to create a fantastic Spinach Apple Salad.

Spinach and Apple Salad in shallow white bowl with napkin

I made this salad three times within a month the first time I made it. And in the years since then, this salad has made frequent appearances in my home.

Spinach Apple Salad

The Honey Cider Dressing is wonderfully tangy and sweet and the combination of those flavors with the rest of the Spinach Apple Salad immediately made this one of my all-time favorite salads.

And that says something because this parsley salad with oranges and the apple walnut salad with blueberries are big favorites too. There’s just something unforgettable about a fresh salad filled with fruits and tossed in a tangy sweet dressing.

I was determined to serve this with my Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago. So, I played with several different ways to make the salad in advance and still keep the apples fresh.

(Like most people I know, making as many of the Thanksgiving dishes as possible in advance keeps me the happiest!)

Everything I tried initially, changed the flavor of the salad too much. Fortunately, apple cider vinegar did the trick and after 36 hours in the fridge, the salad still had apples that were crisp, white, and tasting like fresh apples.

spinach and apple salad with honey cider dressing

Honey Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing

  1. In a small glass bowl, warm the honey and the vinegar in the microwave. Stir together until the honey dissolves. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, onion, parsley, and oil in the pitcher of an electric blender.
  2. Add the honey mixture and blend until thoroughly combined. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
honey cider dressing in small jar with whisk

Spinach Apple Salad Recipe

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds (or caramelize them if you’re feeling fancy!) until they are fragrant and browned. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl or on a platter, combine the spinach, lettuces, raisins, almonds, and apple slices. Sprinkle with parsley. Lightly drizzle the salad with approximately half of the prepared dressing just before serving. Store the remaining dressing in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from and with thanks to Apron Appeal.

salad with spring mix, spinach, apples, craisins, and almonds

Make Ahead Directions

To prepare this in advance: I recommend treating the apples to avoid browning. As you are slicing them, place them directly into a small bowl filled with 2 cups of cold water and ¼ cup apple cider vinegar.

Soak the sliced apples for about 5 minutes and then drain. Blot dry with a cloth or paper towels and then store in an airtight container until ready to assemble the salad.

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Servings: 8 servings

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Honey Cider Dressing Ingredients

Dressing Instructions

  • In a small glass bowl, warm the honey and the vinegar in the microwave. Stir together until the honey dissolves. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, onion, parsley, oil, and salt in the pitcher of an electric blender.

  • Add the honey mixture and blend until thoroughly combined. Taste the dressing and add salt as desired. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Salad Instructions

  • In a skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds (or caramelize them if you’re feeling fancy!) until they are fragrant and browned. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl or on a platter, combine the spinach, lettuce, raisins, almonds, and apple slices. Sprinkle with parsley.

  • Lightly drizzle the salad with approximately half of the prepared dressing just before serving. Store the remaining dressing in the refrigerator.

To prepare this in advance: I recommend treating the apples to avoid browning. As you are slicing them, place them directly into a small bowl filled with 2 cups of cold water and ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak them for about 5 minutes and then drain. Blot dry with a cloth or paper towel.

Calories: 351kcal · Carbohydrates: 33g · Protein: 6g · Fat: 24g · Saturated Fat: 3g · Cholesterol: 2mg · Sodium: 76mg · Potassium: 482mg · Fiber: 6g · Sugar: 11g · Vitamin A: 1527IU · Vitamin C: 11mg · Calcium: 84mg · Iron: 2mg

{originally published 11/15/11 – recipe notes and photos updated 11/21/22}

fresh salad with spinach, apples, raisins, almonds on large platter


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