This Spinach Salad with Honeycrisp Apples, Pomegranates, and Candied Nuts is simple loaded with yummy flavor. It’s simple to make with lots of fruits and veggies, but makes for a full meal with the chicken and feta cheese added in. It’s gluten free and can be dairy free and paleo without the cheese. Serve it arranged in a large bowl with all the gorgeous apples and pomegranates on top. Or keep everything separate so each person can assemble their own salad!
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
1/4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Herbs d’ Provence
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 2
8 cups washed baby spinach, 8 ounces
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 medium Honeycrisp apples, 1 pound
1 pomegranate, de-seeded yielding 1 1/2 cups
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, 3 ounces
1 cup sliced almonds, 4 ounces
1 1/2 Tablespoons maple syrup
sea salt to taste, I used 1/2 teaspoon
Preheat a grill over high heat.
While the grill heats, make the dressing by adding the balsamic vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, sea salt, and pepper to a mason jar. Crush the Herbs d’ Provence in your hand before adding them to the jar as well along with the garlic and olive oil.
Secure a lid tightly on the jar and shake until the dressing emulsifies. Set the dressing aside to let the flavors develop.
When the grill reaches 400º-450ºF, place the chicken breasts on the grill, and immediately lower the heat to medium high. Grill for 8-10 minutes per side, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, but still juicy.
Once the chicken is done, remove it from the grill to cool slightly before cutting it into bite sized pieces.
Add the apples along with the pomegranate arils and feta cheese to the salad bowl.
To make the candied almonds, toast the sliced almonds over low heat in a 9″ cast iron pan, shaking as they cook to make sure they toast evenly.
When the almonds are golden, add the sea salt and maple syrup stirring vigorously to coat. When the maple syrup has been mixed in, remove the nuts from the pan and spread evenly over parchment paper to cool.
To finish the salad add the grilled chicken, candied almonds, and toss the salad with the balsamic dressing, or serve the dressing on the side.
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Grilling
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Spinach Salad with Balsamic Dressing, Spinach Salad with Chicken, Spinach Salad with Feta, Apple Spinach Salad