You are going to absolutely LOVE this Spinach Apple Salad with Warm Vanilla Bean Dressing and Walnuts. PERFECT for any occasion!
Spinach Apple Salad with Walnuts and Warm Vanilla Dressing – It's SO good!
Note from Laurie – Shannon shared this recipe with me when she got back from her mission trip to Japan and it looks delicious ~ I'm thinking it would such a great salad to have on Thanksgiving (I love that the dressing is served warm), and I'm planning to make this at home so soon!
This recipe for Spinach Apple Salad with Sweet Vanilla Bean Dressing is soooo good and so easy to make! I'm pretty sure it's my favorite recipe I've shared here on Passionate Penny Pincher. (Not that I've posted all that many, but this one is just amazing!)
Laurie can attest that I'm one of the pickiest eaters alive. I don't like condiments. (No ketchup. No mustard. No mayo. Nothing.) I eat all my sandwiches, salads, and everything else plain.
On my recent mission trip to Japan we stayed with a sweet missionary couple for two days and I helped our host Susan with dinner preparations.
As one of the side dishes for a meal she made this salad, and while we were making it I realized I actually did like all the ingredients and it was possible I might like it. And I did!
After we got home from our trip we had family over to visit and made this salad, and they all loved it too. I'm betting your family will enjoy it as well ~ here's how to get started . . .
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- Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Bean
- Olive Oil
Here's how to make this Spinach Apple Salad:
Chop your apples, grapes, and walnuts as finely as you would like. Then place over top of the salad. The most delicious part about this salad though is the WARM dressing to drizzle on top.
What Dressing is good with this Spinach Apple Salad?
The warm vanilla bean dressing is just AMAZING for this recipe. You'll want to start by melting your butter in a medium sized saucepan and then add in your honey and brown sugar. Stir until melted and well combined.
Next, add in the pulp of vanilla bean (if you are substituting with regular vanilla, you can skip this step).
Then, transfer that mixture into a blender. Add in your olive oil and vanilla (if you're opting to use vanilla instead of vanilla bean). Pulse in blender until well combined.
Drizzle your vanilla bean dressing over top of the spinach apple salad while it is still warm and enjoy!
Spinach Apple Salad with Warm Vanilla Bean Dressing
Spinach Apple Salad Ingredients
- 1 bag Spinach
- 3 Apples
Warm Vanilla Bean Dressing Ingredients
- 1 Stick Butter
- 3 Tbsp Honey
- 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar 1
- 1 Vanilla Bean or 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
Spinach Apple Salad Instructions
- Add Spinach to large bowl
- Chop your Walnuts, Grapes, and Apples to preferred size
- Add Walnuts, Grapes, and Apples on top of the spinach
Warm Vanilla Bean Dressing Instructions
- Melt butter in saucepan.
- Add honey and brown sugar. Stir until melted.
- Add a pulp of vanilla bean. (If you're substituting with regular vanilla, skip this step.)
- Transfer to blender.
- Add vanilla and olive oil. Pulse until combined.
- Drizzle vanilla bean dressing over top of spinach mixture while still warm - enjoy!
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