Apple Harvest Salad

Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Yield: 1 large salad

Light, healthy and packed full of fiber and protein, this apple harvest salad is perfect for lunch or dinner. Fall has never tasted so fresh!

Ingredients

  • 3 c. lightly packed spinach or spring mix greens
  • ¼ c. cooked quinoa
  • 1 small or medium apple, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp. pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 3 tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp. pecans (halves or chopped)
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 1 tsp. minced shallot
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Add greens to a large dinner plate or salad bowl. Top with the cooked (and cooled) quinoa, apple chunks, pepitas, dried cranberries and pecans.
  2. To make the vinaigrette, combine the shallot and vinegar in a small mixing bowl, whisk to combine. Slowly add the olive oil by pouring in a steady stream, whisking vigorously until emulsified. Drizzle the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.

Notes: If you plan on making this salad for dinner, try adding slices of chicken seasoned with herbes de provence or if you're vegetarian try adding cubes of roasted butternut squash!