Apple, Spinach Salad with Warm Vanilla Bean Dressing



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 tomorrow!


This recipe for Spinach 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 . . .

Apple, Grape, Walnut Spinach Salad with Homemade Vanilla Bean Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Add all the top 4 ingredients together for Salad.


  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 3 apples
  • grapes
  • Walnuts
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3 Tbsp of honey
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (can substitute more vanilla or vanilla paste since vanilla bean is so expensive)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil


  1. Melt butter in saucepan.
  2. Add honey and brown sugar. Stir until melted.
  3. Add a pulp of vanilla bean. (If you're substituting with regular vanilla, skip this step.)
  4. Transfer to blender.
  5. Add vanilla and olive oil. Pulse until combined.
  6. Mix together spinach, grapes, apples, and walnuts in large bowl.
  7. Drizzle vanilla bean dressing over top while still warn - enjoy!


Recipes adapted from Our Vintage Home Love.

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  1. Jennifer B. says

    Clarification, please, on the brown sugar mentioned in step #2. I don’t see how much listed in the ingredients.

  2. Kathy Rendon says

    Any nutrition facts? The dressing ingredients sounds a bit like it would negate the point of having a salad.

  3. Jennifer B. says

    Laurie: Did you make this and , is so, what did you think?

  4. Yummy way to have spinach for dessert!

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