This quick and easy Autumn spinach salad is made with fresh spinach, slices of apple, pomegranate seeds, red onion, and pecans. All drizzled with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. It only takes around 5-10 minutes to make and serves as a delicious seasonal salad.
If you’re looking for delicious salad ideas this holiday season, I’ve got your back. I made this by Autumn Spinach Salad with fresh greens, slices of crispy apple, juicy pomegranate seed, savory red onion, and pecans. While it serves as a great light side salad, I find myself eating this for breakfast sometimes or adding some quinoa and calling it lunch. It’s a savory and sweet refreshing salad, the perfect counterpart to all the heavy deliciousness that comes with the holiday season.
How to Make an Autumn Spinach Salad
This spinach salad is simple and tasty. It comes together in a matter of minutes.
First, prepare the dressing. This easy balsamic dressing is one of my quick and easy go-to’s. Extra-virgin olive oil combined with a splash of balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper is not only simple but also compliments a majority of everyday salads.
Once the dressing is ready to go, prep the ingredients for the salad. Be sure to wash the spinach and use only organic greens. Once the ingredients are prepped, combine them in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss gently until all the ingredients are well coated. Adjust seasoning and serve.
The Perfect Salad for the Holiday Season
Speaking of the holidays, I hope you’re all excited about it as much as I am. Growing up in an Indian household, we never really celebrated Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, once I moved to the east coast, some of my friends would invite me to spend the holiday with their families. I loved how family and friends would all come together, bake and cook amazing meals, and give thanks for what we call life. The food was always so delicious, and even though I was a vegetarian, I’d find a plethora of options with all of the delicious salads, sides, pies, and appetizers.
This salad is not only appealing to the eyes but also delicious and healthy. The pomegranate jewels add crisp and flavor with every bit while the greens doing their work.
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Autumn Spinach Salad
Autumn Spinach Salad
- 4 handfuls fresh spinach, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 1/2 apple, thinly sliced
- 2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- pinch of sea salt, to taste
- pinch of black pepper, to taste
- Prepare the dressing. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Whisk and set aside.
- Prepare the salad ingredients and add them to a mixing bowl. Drizzle with dressing and toss. Serve immediately and enjoy.
This recipe was originally published on November 15, 2016. Since then, it’s been freshened up with new pictures, commentary, and made even more delicious!