Spinach Salad with Apple Vinaigrette


A homemade apple vinaigrette takes this spinach salad to new fresh flavor heights, while toasted hazelnuts add satisfying crunch. Add grilled chicken or salmon to make this easy salad recipe a meal.

Spinach Salad with Apple Vinaigrette
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
30 mins
7 cups


  • 2 apples

  • cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh sage

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 6 ounce baby spinach or mixed baby greens

  • ½ cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

  • ¼ of a celery root, peeled, and very thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)


  1. Core and chop one of the apples. In a large skillet cook chopped apple in 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Transfer to a blender. Add vinegar, maple syrup, sage, kosher salt, and ground black pepper. Cover and blend until smooth. With the blender running, slowly add the remaining olive oil, blending until emulsified (smooth and thickened).

  2. Core and slice remaining apple. In a large bowl combine the spinach, sliced apple, hazelnuts, and celery root. Add vinaigrette; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

331 Calories
30g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 331
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 13.2mg 66%
Calcium 54.6mg 4%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Potassium 209.6mg 4%
Folate, total 67.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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