This salad is my new favorite – I ate the whole 4 servings of it by myself the other day, and then proceeded to eat another helping with dinner! So… of course I ran right out of spinach which has inspired an extra trip to the grocery store for more – you get the picture, it’s more than just a salad, it’s breakfast lunch and dinner right now!
It has some similar flavors to the more classic Winter Salad, but amped up with creamy avocado and pomegranates. Originally I was thinking a creamy poppyseed dressing until I discovered I was completely out of poppyseeds! So I ended up turning to chia seeds instead – and what a great discovery! If you haven’t had chia seeds in your dressing before, you’ll want to try this out right away! I love how they slightly thicken the dressing, and make it even creamier.
Whenever I’m putting apples in a salad, I always cut them the same way – quartered and cored, then cut each quarter into quarters lengthwise, and finally slice across the slices to create small bite sized triangles.
The 1st time I made this salad, I ate the whole thing myself!
The 2nd time I made it to go alongside my Crockpot Rosemary Chicken with Butternut Squash.
And… the third time, I paired it with Simple Roasted Sweet Potatoes, (with butter of course)!
I’m sort of addicted to toppings, dressings, and sauces because I can never leave well enough alone! So if you don’t have all the ingredients for this salad or don’t feel like deseeding a pomegranate, it’s still good with even just 2 toppings. Although I’ll just say it’s worth your while to put everything in because each ingredients adds something to the overall picture.
And… speaking of pomegranates, last year I discovered a great method for easily, (yes easily) deseeding a pomegranate – check it out over here at Pomegranates 101! The more you practice this method, the faster you’ll get – I did 6 pomegranates the other day, start to finish was just 15 minutes, (including cleanup)!Print
Creamy Chia Vinaigrette:
- 1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 Teaspoon sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 Teaspoon chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons coconut cream, scooped from the top of a can of coconut milk
- 8 ounces pre-washed baby spinach
- 1 Honeycrisp apple, weighing 10 ounces, cored and cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
- 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese, I used sheep’s milk feta
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- Whisk together all the ingredients for the chia vinaigrette until smooth. Let the dressing sit and thicken while you assemble the salad.
- In a large serving bowl, toss together all the ingredients for the salad. I like to save a small amount of the pomegranate arils and feta cheese to sprinkle on top for a garnish later.
- When you’re ready to serve, toss the dressing with the salad and garnish with the reserved pomegranates and feta cheese.
- Serve immediately.
I’ve made the Chia Vinaigrette with and without the coconut cream. Both ways are good, I just always lean toward creamier dressings.
For dairy free, be sure to leave out the feta cheese!