Harvest Spinach Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

posted by Andrea | 10/4/2018

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of “stuff salads” — or salads with lots and lots of ingredients besides just lettuce, cheese, croutons, and a slice of cucumber.

I LOVE salads — and not because they are deemed “healthy”. In all honesty, most of the salads I make are higher in calories than many other meals I could eat — but I love the flavor combinations of sweet fruits, salty nuts, crunchy veggies, savory cheeses, and tangy dressings, all mixed together on a bed of crisp spinach or lettuce.

It feels like I’m making myself a gourmet lunch, when really, all I’m doing half the time is emptying out the fridge and using what needs to be used up before it goes bad!

If you’re a fan of “stuff salads” and enjoy various flavor combinations, you will love this crisp, sweet, savory, salty, crunchy salad… especially with the homemade honey mustard dressing!!

And did I mention how easy it is to whip together? I timed myself last week, and I made the dressing in 35 seconds!!

Recipe for Harvest Spinach Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing:

Makes 1 very large salad or 2 smaller side salads.

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SALAD INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 c. baby spinach
  • 1/4 c. diced red onion (I love onion, you could definitely use less though)
  • 1/4 c. diced cucumbers
  • 1/4 c. sliced strawberries
  • 2 T. chopped pecans or walnuts; chopped (not pictured)
  • 2 T. crumbled Feta cheese (I also sometimes use fresh Parmesan cheese)
  • 1/2 apple; diced (I use Pink Lady)

**These measurements are just approximate — please do not worry if you don’t get it “just right”. Use more or less of anything, nix ingredients you don’t like, and add ones you have in the house. It’s a salad, not rocket science!

DRESSING INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T. dijon mustard (use less if you want to taste more honey than mustard!)
  • 1 t. honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS: 

On a large plate or in a large bowl, layer spinach with salad toppings.

In a small bowl, mix dressing ingredients and drizzle over salad.

Eat and enjoy!

This recipe is perfect if you want a big salad for lunch, or 2 smaller side salads for dinner. And of course, you can EASILY make a bigger batch if you’re bringing the salad to a party.

Just start with the spinach, layer it up with all sorts of fruits, veggies, and nuts, and whip up the dressing in a separate container to add just before serving.

This such a great “any-season salad”. It has strawberries and spinach for spring, cucumbers for summer, apples for fall, pecans for winter, and cheese for every season!

I’ve brought this salad to so many different parties and potlucks, and I never come home with any left. I’m usually asked “what was the dressing?” and people are always surprised when I say it’s just a homemade honey mustard dressing!

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A Few More Of My Favorite “Stuff Salads”:

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And what are YOUR favorite “stuff salad” ingredients?

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9 comments

  1. Marva

    10/04/2018

    All your salads look so enticing! Thanks for great inspiration!

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  2. Jenny

    10/04/2018

    This is probably good and I might try a variation of it, but although I love any and all vegetables in a salad, I really don’t like fruits in there (fruit salad is OK, but the combo is weird to me). The dressing sounds great. Anyone have good advice for onion breath??

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    Andrea Reply:

    I don’t think the red/purple onions are nearly as strong as white (in terms of onion breath). I also brush my teach after every meal, so I guess I’ve never really worried about onion breath 🙂
    As for the fruit on salads — you can Dave can stick together on this! He won’t eat fruit on salad either — however, if you like the dressing, you really should give it a try with apples… the combo is AMAZING!

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  3. Chris

    10/04/2018

    I want to try that. How do you pick out a good red onion? I enjoy them in restaurants but when I buy then at the store they always seem to be strong and bitter.

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    Andrea Reply:

    hmmmm… I honestly never even consider “what” onion to pick. I usually just buy them by the bags as we go through onions like CRAZY! I don’t recall ever buying a “bad” onion!

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  4. Sarah Sleider

    10/04/2018

    This looks tasty! You’ve motivated me to prep some salads. I start a new job next week and this will be great for lunch. I love using maple syrup in place of honey in a honey mustard dressing.

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    Andrea Reply:

    interesting… now I want to try switching maple syrup in for the honey. Next time!

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  5. Trina

    10/04/2018

    Life saver as always! My husband and I work until 5 or 6 and have an hour commute. Tonight we also have a wake to attend after work, so I was just struggling to figure out dinner. Inspiration! Can’t wait to try your dressing.

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh good — hope you love this salad!!

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