Despite the “Operation: bikini” we do in summer, the holidays can take their toll and we may end up with a few extra kilos to lose. Therefore, for back to school I recommend this delicious spinach salad; an excellent natural source of vitamins A & C, fiber and minerals, and very low in calories. Spinach is also rich in phytonutrients, especially beta-carotene and lutein, which give it antioxidant properties that protect us from cell damage.
Spinach, whose scientific name is Spinacia oleracea belongs to the family of Amaranthaceae, which is the same as quinoa, beetroot (beets), and silverbeet (swiss chard). Since it grows well in temperate climates, it is available year round.
Slice the apple into wedges. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and the feta into small cubes. Next prepare the vinaigrette (dressing) by mixing all dressing ingredients well. To serve, place the spinach over the plate, then artfully arrange the apple wedges. Scatter the cherry tomato halves, feta, and mixed nuts, then add the dressing to taste. Enjoy!!
Tips from the author
If you prefer a warm salad, try this with sautéed spinach. If you don’t have (or don’t like) spinach, use mixed greens instead.