Fruit and Spinach Salad with Almonds and Orange Vinaigrette

Fruit and Spinach Salad with Almonds and Orange Vinaigrette

This may be one of the best salads I’ve ever made. No lie. It’s so good – and perfect for this time of year. Fresh spinach becomes the base for juicy oranges and crisp fall apples. I added some roasted sweet potato and sliced almonds for some texture.

The dressing is a bit unusual – but perfect for this dish. It would also be great on some grilled chicken or winter squash. I really love how the sweetness of the oranges and honey combines with the smokiness of the cumin and the savory garlic. It’s really different, but really good.

I only made one portion of salad – but thankfully had more than enough dressing to make more!

This is a keeper, and it will definitely be making more appearances in my home!

Fruit and Spinach Salad with Almonds and Orange Vinaigrette

For the salad:

1/2 sweet potato, chopped and roasted

1/2 apple, peeled and sliced

1 orange, cut into segments

1 1/2 cup fresh spinach leaves

2 tablespoons raw sliced almonds

For the dressing:

juice of one large orange

2 tablespoons lemon juice

zest of 1/2 an orange

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

ground pepper to taste

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 cup – 3/4 cup vegetable oil to taste

Combine salad ingredients in a bowl. Combine dressing ingredients in a mason jar, cover and shake until emulsified into a dressing. Toss a few tablespoons of dressing (to taste) with the salad. Serve and enjoy!

What are your favorite fall salads? Do you like to combine fruit and greens with a savory type dressing? I’d love to hear what you have cooking!

~Stephanie

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