Looking for a side dish recipe to perk up a lackluster dinner? Add a spark to your meal with this fresh and healthy spinach blueberry salad. The salad contains a rainbow of colors. It is loaded with a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits tossed with a sweet and tangy yogurt dressing.
for the dressing
- 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Kosher salt and pepper to taste
for the salad
- 8 cups of baby spinach
- 2 cups of shredded cabbage or bagged cole slaw mix
- 1 large apple (julienned)
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 small red onion (thinly sliced)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- Make the dressing: In a small bowl combine yogurt, mayonnaise, honey, Dijon mustard, milk. Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Make the salad: In a large bowl, add the spinach, blueberries, cabbage, apple, onion, and 3 tablespoons of the sunflower seeds.
- To serve: Toss the spinach blueberry salad with the some of the dressing. Taste and add more of the dressing if needed. Sprinkle the remaining sunflower seeds and serve immediately.
- Use full fat yogurt: For the richest tasting dressing, use full fat yogurt. But if you are looking for a healthier dressing, use nonfat or low fat yogurt instead.
- Cabbage or bagged cole slaw mix: Use either fresh cabbage (green, purple or napa are delicious options) or a bagged cole slaw mix in the salad.
- Keep the apples from browning: No one likes to eat brown apples. To keep them fresh looking, place sliced apples in a bowl of cold water with the juice of half a lemon for 5 to 10 minutes. Then just drain and add them along with the other salad ingredients.
- Add a nut: If sunflower seeds are not your fave, try a nut instead. Toasted pine nuts, pecans, almonds or walnuts are all delicious in the spinach blueberry salad.
- Add dressing a little at a time: No one likes a salad drowning in dressing. Add the dressing a little at a time. Toss the salad and add more if needed.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: side dish
- Method: no cooking required
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
- Calories: 118
- Sugar: 13 g
- Sodium: 113 mg
- Fat: 4.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 19.6 g
- Fiber: 3.4 g
- Protein: 3.5 g
- Cholesterol: 3 mg
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