Spinach Salad with Apple, Honey-Roasted Walnuts, and Blackberry Vinaigrette

This delicious spinach salad is paired with blackberries, apple, honey roasted walnuts, and a blackberry vinaigrette--it's perfect for a dinner party when blackberries are in season.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
12 servings


Honey Roasted Walnuts:

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 3 cups raw walnut halves

  • ½ tablespoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 6 tablespoons seedless blackberry jam

  • 4 tablespoons good quality balsamic vinegar

  • 4 tablespoons orange juice

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Blackberry Salad:

  • 8 cups fresh spinach

  • 1 sweet apple, chopped

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped

  • 1 cucumber, sliced and quartered

  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped

  • 4 green onions, chopped

  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 12 ounces fresh blackberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place 3 tablespoons honey in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on Medium until honey liquefies, about 30 to 45 seconds. Add walnuts and stir to coat. Spread in one layer onto the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until nuts have darkened slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and stir to coat. Allow to cool.

  3. Combine olive oil, blackberry jam, balsamic vinegar, orange juice, Dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons honey, basil, salt, and pepper in a lidded jar. Shake until vinaigrette is well combined and chill in the refrigerator until serving.

  4. Combine spinach, sweet apple, Granny Smith apple, cucumber, bell peppers, green onions, feta, and cooled walnuts in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Carefully mix in blackberries. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss.

Cook's Note:

The dressing tastes much better after it has chilled for a while and the flavors have melded, so if you can, prepare it the day before.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

405 Calories
32g Fat
27g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 405
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 291mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 43mg 213%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 422mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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