Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yummy Spinach Salad

I'm not really a salad person though I love vegetables... give me any vegetable curry or kootu and I can enjoy eating big portions of it but when it comes to salads, they typically don't excite me much... My husband is no different - but there are some salads that click with us and this is one of them. It comes together easily and I really enjoy eating it.. it is rather versatile and lends itself to quite a few modifications.

What I love about this is that it has some of my favorite additions.. tart, yet sweet craisins (dried cranberries), walnuts, bits of parmesan cheese, orange segments and I vary the dressing - sometimes it's just a drizzle of ranch dressing and other times i combine balsamic vinegar with a touch of orange juice, olive oil and drizzle... either way - so good!

SPINACH SALAD (Serves 1 to 2)

Fresh, cleaned spinach leaves - about 1.5 to 2 cups
Walnuts - 6 to 8 halves, chopped (or use sliced almonds)
Dried Cranberries (Craisins) - 1.5 tbsp (or use raisins)
Small orange - segments
Parmesan cheese - 1 tbsp
Ranch dressing (storebought) - 1 to 2 tsp

Spread the spinach leaves on a plate, sprinkle with walnuts, cranberries, orange segments, parmesan cheese and drizzle lightly with dressing. Dig in!

Nutrition info:
Calories - 300, Total Fat - 17.9 g, Saturated Fat - 4.4 g, Polyunsaturated fat 6.9 g, Monounsaturated fat - 2.6 g, Cholestrol 11.9 mg, Sodium, 413.1 mg, Potassium 591.4 mg, Total Carbohydrate 27.3 g, Dietary Fiber - 5.5 g, Sugars- 18.9 g, Protein - 11 g
Vit A - 118.8 %, Vit B12 - 3.5%, Vit B6 - 13.3%, Vit C -113.6%, Vit E - 9.4 %, Calcium - 32.1%, Copper 17.6%, Folate - 40.1%, Iron, 12.7%, Zinc - 8.7 %

Other tasty additions - tomatoes, shredded carrots, thinly sliced red onions, cucumbers or strawberries.

I would like to send this as my entry to Prathiba's Only Salads event which was originally started by Pari Vashist.


  1. Me too not a salad person,saw a similar salad in Nita mehta's book,thought it would taste terrible,but since you have told,I will sure give it a try :) ;)

  2. A delightful salad! So delicious looking and fresh tasting..

  3. salad looks wonderful ...love the combination of ingredients
    Super Yummy Recipes

  4. I love all types of spinach salads. Yours looks really yummy and good-for-you too!

  5. I am a salad person, because it doesn't need cooking :) I love craisin and nuts in salad!

  6. That salad look so inviting!!

  7. Lovely salad. Really healthy too

    A event,Innovative Salads, is going on in the Cookhealthy.in, I will really happy if you will participate in it

    Innovative Salads

    Cook Healthy

  8. I m a salad person..love them to have as a meal.....looks really yumm..even I love cranberries in my salad..hey send dis 2 my salad event na...chk mt blog for more details...

  9. I love salads, even i can survive with them, spinach salad looks fabulous..

  10. I am not salad person either but the nuts and fruits sure makes it appealing.

  11. very nice and yummy salad.sounds very new and healthy.

  12. Interesting salad recipe...sounds very healthy n tasty...
    Tasty appetite

  13. I am such a health freak that I can have salads anytime .Sometimes I have only salads for dinner .Spinach salad sounds very interesting.Drop by
    when u find time

  14. wow, it does look beautiful, healthy and delicious, all 3 :)

  15. Yumm!!!! I would love to have that Salad... Yumm!!!!

  16. Those dried cranberries add a kick to any salad.. Spinach salad look very nutritious..


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