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Saturday Stirrings ~ Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette

Posted by Carol on January 9, 2009

Last week, I posted a recipe for Graham Cracker Chewies.  Silly me, I forgot that it was January, the number one month for making resolutions which often include eating healthier and losing weight. I was unknowingly sabotaging everyone’s efforts including my own, because it drove me crazy that I had all the ingredients for the Chewies in my house, yet, had never made them. I had to try them because, well, I just did (they were very good).

So this week, to make up for my transgression, I am posting a healthier recipe:

Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette


  • 1/4 maple syrup – Please use the real thing, thank you.
  • 3 tbsp minced shallots (about 1 medium)
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp country-style Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion (feel free to substitute a milder onion-these have been kind of strong for us, and we like onions)
  • 1/2 cup chopped Braeburn apple (can be substituted for what you have on hand, but VERY good with the Braeburn which is a little tart)
  • 4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled (I know, not the healthiest choice, but please don’t leave this out. Still healthier that the Chewies of last week, I promise.)
  • 1 (10 ounce) package fresh spinach (cue angels singing for the super healthiness of Spinach)
  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. This is the dressing.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients in a salad bowl.
  3. Pour dressing on just before serving. Toss well.

Yield: 8 servings of healthy goodness.

I have probably made this salad at least 5 times since January 1st.  It is that good.

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2 Responses to “Saturday Stirrings ~ Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette”

  1. This is one of my all-time favorite salads! Thanks, Carol! I’m going to add this to my menu plan for the week.

  2. Mel said

    I have a spinach salad I love to make in the summer, but your dressing sounds even better. Would you be willing to link this up to my Five Point Friday? I think my weightloss friends would love to read it!! Definitely a low point meal! Thanks. Oh by the way…you need to have another coffee giveaway cause I ran out!!

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