This recipe has only seven ingredients, so it's easy to memorize and share. It's my most requested salad! I love to just have this and some rustic Italian bread for a light lunch!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, Cheddar cheese, apple, red onion, cranberries and slivered almonds. Toss with poppy seed dressing just before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

138 calories; protein 3.8g 8% DV; carbohydrates 12.5g 4% DV; fat 8.3g 13% DV; cholesterol 9.1mg 3% DV; sodium 112.4mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2009
This is a fantastic recipe! The combinations are endless. For fruit we use fresh local and in season (we've tried peaches, blueberries, nectarines, kiwi, and apricots) and for nuts we use what catches our fancy(pecans, walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts), and for cheese we've used blue, havarti, cheddar, swiss, jack, colby - all were great - we've never been disappointed. Rarely does my husband request a salad for dinner - but since I discovered this recipe last year he requests it on a regular basis now. Tonite were having it with apple, walnut, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and thinned blue cheese dressing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2017
My family did not like this dish. I thought it was ok. I might use less onions next time and see how that goes. Read More
130 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 114
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2009
This is a fantastic recipe! The combinations are endless. For fruit we use fresh local and in season (we've tried peaches, blueberries, nectarines, kiwi, and apricots) and for nuts we use what catches our fancy(pecans, walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts), and for cheese we've used blue, havarti, cheddar, swiss, jack, colby - all were great - we've never been disappointed. Rarely does my husband request a salad for dinner - but since I discovered this recipe last year he requests it on a regular basis now. Tonite were having it with apple, walnut, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and thinned blue cheese dressing. Read More
(76)
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2008
I made this up because I had most of the ingredients on hand and had only remebered the dinner a few hours before. I had never heard of a Fuji apple either. There were raves at the dinner party. All the flavours and colours were terrific. Read More
(40)
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2009
This was very good. I left the skin on the apple...used a corer to core and divide it into wedges and then just chopped them. I made the Tangy Poppy Seed Dressing on this site and it was perfect with this salad. Hubster loved it too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2015
Nice recipe that is versatile enough to accommodate a multitude of taste buds. I followed the recipe but added crisp bacon that was just begging to be used in something and thought "why not"? Loved the mix of sweet and salty. Definitely a winner Holly 214! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2010
I was on my own for dinner last night so I decided to have leftover mac & cheese and this salad. It was quite good. I used shredded cheddar an unpeeled gala apple and I toasted my almonds (spread on cookie sheet bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until fragrant). Toasting nuts of any kind really enhances their flavor. I didn t toss this I just layered the ingredients on a salad plate and drizzled with dressing which was Poppy Seed Salad Dressing by Gay Nell Nicholas also on this site. All in all a nice flavor combination. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2008
This was really good. It was a good combination of flavors! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2012
Once again a HIT with the tantalizing combination of flavors: the apple complements the red onion complements the cranberries complements the almonds...Well you get the picture. And the poppy seed dressing and spinach base pull it all together. I even omitted the cheddar and it was still killer. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2012
This has become a favorite! Stick to seven ingredients but you don't have to use the ones listed. Mandarin orange sections pecans raisins pineapple etc. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2011
Made this and the Poppy Seed Dressing I by Tina. Everyone seemed to enjoy the salad but I was not overly impressed myself. It tasted too much like mayo and I felt that it could have used more spinach. Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2017
My family did not like this dish. I thought it was ok. I might use less onions next time and see how that goes. Read More