Cranberry Spinach Salad Recipe

Recipe Classifications

Cuisine:

American

Meal:

Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Diet:

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Whole30, Soy-Free

Rainbow:

Brown / White, Green, Red

Freezes well:

Yes

Prep Time  (total time):

Under 15 Minutes  (Under 15 Minutes)

Cranberry Spinach Salad

For a perfect Christmas-colored, celebratory salad (or just your typical lunch), we’ve got the Cranberry Spinach Salad recipe! Salads are great palate cleansers. It’s like giving your taste buds a clean slate before another flavorful meal – What a necessity for this season’s feasting!

Cranberry Spinach Salad

The visions of vibrant green and red colors, mixed together, also features a perfect blend of tang and sweet, complemented by a mild kick from shallots, and further enhanced by the caramel-like, crunch of seeds and nuts. It’s altogether refreshing, cleansing and light!

The good news is, it only requires a concise preparation. Hence, for all its goodness, a worthy must-have in the menu.

Cranberry Spinach Salad

Our tangy dressing is a mix of vinegars with notes of grapes and apples, extra-virgin olive oil, and honey. Each ingredient is a health grocer staple for reasons we are, perhaps, already well-informed of. 

Cranberry Spinach Salad

Spinach is rich with the needed nutrients for a healthy body. The star ingredient of this salad is the cranberries and the dried ones feature a stronger, tarty-sweet flavor. Cranberries have antioxidants and vitamins that support weight loss, serves as the best preventive natural source of urinary tract infection, are a kidney cleanser, and help in treating stomach and liver disorders. Not to mention that including them in your diet may also reduce the risk of heart disease due to polyphenols.

You can eat at this any time of the year too! So, without further ado, here’s a healthy and refreshing Cranberry Spinach salad recipe for you and your family.

Cranberry Spinach Salad

A flavorful and celebratory salad indeed! This recipe showcases a vibrant green and red color, making it perfect to serve during Christmas celebrations. It also features the perfect blend of tang and sweet that’s complemented by a mild kick from the shallots and finishes up with a caramel-like and crunchy goodness of seeds and nuts. A light and refreshing holiday treat that works as a wonderful palate cleanser.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 209kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Salad Bowl

Ingredients

For the Dressing:

  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon shallots finely minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)

For the Salad:

  • 16 oz baby spinach
  • ½ cup sliced almonds toasted
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients until homogenous.
  • In a salad bowl, combine all the salad ingredients and toss in the dressing. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • It’s important to dress the salad right before serving it. Otherwise, you might end up with a soggy salad. Thus, feel free to make the dressing ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to make and serve the salad.
  • For Fatty Liver Meal Plan, modify: Reduce olive oil to 3 tablespoons.
  • For Low Histamine Meal Plan, modify: Use kale or arugula instead of spinach. Replace cranberries with grapes. Avoid using any dried fruit, just fresh ones. Remove white wine vinegar in the dressing recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 5317IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2mg

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Mike

Mike

Hi! I’m Mike. I’m happily married and have a young daughter. I’ve lived all over the world and have learned a lot from seeing others’ perspectives. I’ve also had many life altering health challenges. Fortunately, my lovely and brilliant wife helped save me by finding a new and better way for us to live. We started The Healthy Treehouse to share what we’ve learned and to learn from others, too.
 

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