This is a unique and delicious spinach salad with Granny Smith apples, walnuts, and Cheddar cheese. One of our family's favorites!

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, combine the spinach, apples, Cheddar cheese and walnuts. Toss lightly to blend.

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  • In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, maple syrup and olive oil. Pour over the salad, and stir to coat. I like to use a bowl with a lid so I can shake the ingredients. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

220.1 calories; 7.6 g protein; 11.1 g carbohydrates; 23.8 mg cholesterol; 168.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2011
Delicious - perfect for a quick and easy lunch! I used a combination of baby spinach leaves and romaine lettuce. I also used a combination of Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples for added color and flavor. I toasted my walnuts before tossing them into the salad and used "Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette" from this site. Overall very good. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/22/2005
Thought this salad was rather bland and didn't much care for the dressing. I liked the idea of blending spinach with apples...next time I might try pears instead add red onion and use a raspberry vinaigrette in place of the maple/cider vinegar/olive oil concoction. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2011
Delicious - perfect for a quick and easy lunch! I used a combination of baby spinach leaves and romaine lettuce. I also used a combination of Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples for added color and flavor. I toasted my walnuts before tossing them into the salad and used "Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette" from this site. Overall very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2011
Delicious - perfect for a quick and easy lunch! I used a combination of baby spinach leaves and romaine lettuce. I also used a combination of Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples for added color and flavor. I toasted my walnuts before tossing them into the salad and used "Maple-Balsamic Vinaigrette" from this site. Overall very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2005
I am not a salad person but I LOVE this salad! You might try serving the cheese nuts and apples on the side because they all fall to the bottom of the serving bowl. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2006
This was very good a nice change of pace. Since I'm low carb I made raspberry vinaigrette to use instead of the maple syrup. The apples and spinach worked very well together. The walnuts added a nice crunch also. I think I'll use a different cheese than cheddar next time. I like goat cheese or Feta in salads. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2005
I will give this 10 stars! One of the best tasting simplest salads ever! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2005
An excellent fall salad. I couldn't think of a better way to serve spinach. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2005
An interesting flavor combination.. very tasty and tangy! I used Red Delicious apples and shredded cheese because it's what I had on hand. I think I may omit the cheese next time because I don't think it's necessary and just adds fat and calories. A great way to get spinach in your diet.. along with Jerry Lynne's Spinach and Strawberry Salad from this site. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/22/2005
Thought this salad was rather bland and didn't much care for the dressing. I liked the idea of blending spinach with apples...next time I might try pears instead add red onion and use a raspberry vinaigrette in place of the maple/cider vinegar/olive oil concoction. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2006
When I do not have spinach I will use romaine which works just as well. I have added thinly sliced red onion and some crumbled bacon for a touch of saltly flavor. The dressing is so easy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2004
This was really good- quick (gotta love that) and tasty. The dressing is a nice balance of flavors yet simple. I used less oil (a little over 1/8c) and it was great. Also used shredded cheese because I had some on hand and chopped rather than sliced my Cameo apple(not GS- a good fresh Cameo is the BEST) and completely forgot the walnuts. It was all good anyhow:) Could play w/ salad ingredients and still have it be tasty. A fast nice change to encourge our spinach usage. We will be enjoying this again and again as is and w/ variations. Thanks for sharing your recipe Caramommy. Read More
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