Swap out store-bought for this tangy homemade buttermilk and poppy seed dressing to take this healthy salad recipe to the next level. For an even more impressive meal, make your own crunchy cheese crisps in a snap, using phyllo dough, for a delicious accompaniment to this dinner salad. Make extra dressing to keep on hand for other salads throughout the week.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 2019




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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Place 1 sheet of phyllo on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with 2 teaspoons oil. Top with a second sheet of phyllo, pressing gently to adhere. Brush with 2 teaspoons oil. Place the third sheet on top and brush with egg white. Sprinkle with cheese and thyme. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the phyllo stack into approximately 2-inch squares. Bake until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Let cool for about 3 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, buttermilk, honey, vinegar, poppy seeds, mustard and salt in a medium bowl.

  • Add spinach, chicken and apple to the bowl and toss to coat. Serve with the phyllo crisps.


To make ahead: Refrigerate dressing (Step 3) for up to 2 days.

Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts

1 1/2 cups salad and 6 crackers
349 calories; protein 23.1g; carbohydrates 26.1g; dietary fiber 3.3g; sugars 14.1g; fat 16.7g; saturated fat 3.6g; cholesterol 49.9mg; vitamin a iu 4710.5IU; vitamin c 23.2mg; folate 25.5mcg; calcium 189.7mg; iron 3.6mg; magnesium 79mg; potassium 249mg; sodium 566.7mg.

2 1/2 fat, 2 1/2 lean protein, 1/2 fat, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable