Apple Spinach Salad w/ Pomegranate Seeds, Goat Cheese, Candied Walnuts, and Balsamic Viniagrette

salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 5-7

Podcast Recommendation: In the Dark by American Public Media: Ep. 1¬†The Crime.¬†This is an excellent investigative crime podcast about the murder of Jacob Wetterling, a¬†boy who went missing in Minnesota when he was 11¬†in 1989. Just prior to this podcast’s release the man who kidnapped, molested, and killed Jacob Wetterling confessed to the murder – 27 years after he was first kidnapped. The podcast examines the facts of the case,¬†takes a critical look at the subsequent police investigation, and delves into byproducts¬†such as¬†the sex offender registry legislation that was passed as a result of Jacob’s mother’s efforts to provide more comprehensive¬†database information to police departments.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag spinach
  • 1 pomegranate, seeded
  • 3 apples, sliced into bite-size pieces
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled (I used a cranberry goat cheese and think a honey goat cheese would be good too)
  • 8 oz walnuts
  • honey (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (I also added a bit of fancy quality garlic olive oil – about 1 tablespoon – and it was delicious!)

Instructions:

  1. preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. toss walnuts with honey on parchment paper, turning to coat
  4. bake walnuts in oven for 25 minutes, taking them out after the first 15 minutes to toss again to avoid burning
  5. pour spinach bag into big bowl
  6. layer on apple slices
  7. layer on pomegranate seeds and goat cheese
  8. combine balsamic vinegar and olive oil (shake in leakproof container or stir vigorously right before serving)
  9. take candied walnuts out of the oven and put in salad bowl
  10. toss all contents of bowl to combine
  11. pour dressing onto each individual salad to avoid drowning the spinach in case there are leftovers

Recipe adapted from here.

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