Lemon, Fruit and Spinach Salad

Lemon and Fruit Spinach Salad

Since I started the week out with a lemon recipe – pink lemonade cupcakes, I thought I would just keep up the lemon trend.

You know what a fan of lemon I am.

Today’s recipe is a  Lemon, Fruit and Spinach Salad that my daughter had at a friends.  She came home raving about it and brought the recipe with her!  I’ve trained her well.

Lemon, Fruit and Spinach SaladThe weather is getting warmer here in Portland (although I’m enjoying the warm weather in Utah right now) and some days it feels like summer might actually be on it’s way.  This salad says summer to me.

The lemon dressing gives it a nice light, summery flavor as well as the apples and strawberries on top.

The sugared almonds and the dried cranberries give it plenty of crunch and good texture too.

I love the lemon juice in the dressing and the addition of mustard seeds gives it a delicious flavor.

I just mix up the dressing and store it in a canning jar in my refrigerator. So much better than any store bought dressing.

Lemon, Fruit and Spinach Salad

Ingredients

  • Spinach, 12 oz.
  • 3/4 C craisins
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 8-10 strawberries, sliced
  • Sugared sliced almonds, 3 oz.
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 canola oil
  • 3 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp mustard seeds

Instructions

    Dressing
  • Combine all ingredients in blender and blend together
  • Salad
  • Toss spinach with dressing and layer rest of ingredients on top.
  • Serve immediately
  • Soak apple pieces in some lemon water to keep from going brown

Comments

  1. 1
    Mary Lynn says:

    I, too, am a fan of lemon. Can’t wait to try the salad and cupcakes. Tell your daughter, thanks for the recipe.

  2. 2
    Ashley says:

    Is the dressing really a half cup of sugar??

  3. 3
    Abby J. says:

    It’s awesome that you were able to spend time with your kids. And I love the recipe! I will try it. But my best friend doesn’t like lemon. Is there an alternative?

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Abby
    Abby J. recently posted..how to seduce a woman

  4. 4
    Jean Huxley says:

    You really trained your daughter well! I’m tired of making the same salad every time, veggies and just a regular dressing. This is new to me. Thanks!
    Jean Huxley recently posted..Feel Good Fashion – Eco-Friendly Spring Sandals & Shoes

  5. 5

    This does look fresh and summery. I like your photography, too, the layered cloth prints really show off the pretty reds and greens of the salad. I’m sure you meant mustard seeds in the recipe, if you want to change that in case someone could be confused.
    Mary@FitandFed recently posted..Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Chickpeas, Pepitas, Edamame, and Quinoa

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