Spinach, Dried Apricot, Pine Nut & Avocado Salad In A Dijon Apple Cider Thyme Vinaigrette a.k.a. Rainbow On My Plate, Always!

Spinach, Dried Apricot, Pine Nut & Avocado Salad In A Dijon Apple Cider Thyme Vinaigrette a.k.a. Rainbow On My Plate, Always!

Hey loves!

Yesterday, after my workout, I wanted a huge, crunchy & satisfying salad! Here’s the result (a.k.a. my creativity striking as I stood in front of my fridge for 5 min. straight). I had to devour it with some Simple Mills cracked black pepper crackers because… I mean, if you’ve tried them, YOU KNOW. And if you haven’t? DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR & get them at Chez Anna if you’re from my hood. Otherwise, find a way; you need them in your life!

This salad is full of plant-based goodness, greens & veggies. Pine nuts add anti-inflammatory omega fatty acids, while the avocado boosts healthy fat content & adds fibre, vitamin C & antioxidants. The apricots are rich in potassium, which is necessary for a healthy heart & regulating blood pressure & to maintain proper electrolyte balance in the body.

How would I define this salad in just a few words?

  • Crispy
  • Crunchy
  • Delicious
  • Full of flavour
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Nutty
  • Fresh
  • Creamy
  • Naturally sweet
  • Herby
  • Citrusy

KITK TIP: Can’t stomach downing a shot of apple cider vinegar straight or diluted in water or apple juice? Add it to your salad dressing! It’ll mask the taste & ensures that you still get in a good dose of all its benefits. How awesome is that?

INGREDIENTS (For a single-serve salad):

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 2 huge handfuls spinach
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • 4-5 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 avocado, cubed
  • 1 tbsp. raw organic pine nuts
  • 2-3 dried organic apricots (unsweetened & unsulphured; my faves are by Fruit Bliss!)
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 radish, sliced finely

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 2 tbsp. raw organic apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1 tbsp. organic balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • Sea salt + black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Handful of fresh parsley
  • TOPPINGS: Nutritional yeast & black pepper

TO MAKE:

  • Add all the salad ingredients to a metal mixing bowl.

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  • Prepare the dressing in a separate bowl by whisking the ingredients together until uniform.

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  • Pour the dressing over the salad & toss.
  • Top with nutritional yeast & black pepper.
  • ENJOY!

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