Apple Spinach Salad with Thyme-Dijon Vinaigrette

This light and quick homemade dressing recipe is perfect for drizzling over most any tossed salad, and it works great on this apple spinach salad.

Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


Thyme-Dijon Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup white or regular balsamic vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach

  • 1 medium green-skinned apple (such as Granny Smith), cored and sliced

  • ¼ cup thin wedges red onion

  • 2 tablespoons snipped dried tart red cherries

  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese or blue cheese (Optional)


  1. To prepare vinaigrette: In a screw-top jar, combine oil, vinegar, thyme, mustard and salt. Cover; shake well to mix.

  2. To prepare salad: In a large bowl, toss together spinach, apple, onion, and dried cherries. Drizzle with 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette (reserve the rest for another use). Toss gently to coat. If desired, top individual servings with cheese.


Tips: To make ahead, prepare the vinaigrette as directed. Cover and chill for up to 1 week.

You can substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (crushed) for 2 teaspoons fresh.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

97 Calories
6g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 97
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Vitamin A 2958IU 59%
Vitamin C 11mg 12%
Folate 62mcg 16%
Sodium 96mg 4%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 27mg 6%
Potassium 248mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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