Baby Spinach, Apple & Feta Cheese Salad Sans Dressing


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I do not understand the American obsession with a) “having salad” as your meal, and b) drowning it in dressing.

It’s salad.

It’s not rocket science.

A quick salad is a work of art in its simplicity, especially when it is an accompaniment to a dish (as all salads should be) rather than the focus dish.

This baby spinach, apple and feta cheese works without any dressingĀ having just enough moisture contributed by the juiciness of the apple and just enough saltiness contributed by the sprinkle of feta cheese.

Baby Spinach, Apple & Feta Cheese Salad Sans Dressing
2 servings
2 servings
Baby Spinach, Apple & Feta Cheese Salad Sans Dressing
2 servings
2 servings
Servings: servings
  1. Remove the stem ends from the baby spinach
  2. Wash the baby spinach
  3. Pat the spinach completely dry with paper towels
  4. Take half of an apple and cut off between 8 to 10 gauzy, wafer thin, almost transparent slices at the widest part of the apple
  5. Dice the remainder of the apple into tiny little pieces about 5 mm on a side
  6. Divide about 1/3rd of the spinach between two bowls
  7. Sprinkle about 1/3rd of the feta cheese between the two bowls
  8. Sprinkle in about half of the diced apple between the two bowls
  9. Place another 1/3rd of the spinach on top of that, split evenly between the two bowls.
  10. Then sprinkle in another 1/3rd of the cheese and the remainder of the diced apple, again, dividing between each bowl
  11. Layer on the remaining 1/3rd of the spinach,
  12. Place half of the water thin apple slices on top of the spinach in each bowl,
  13. And sprinkle over the last of the feta cheese
Recipe Notes

I usually guess-timate the amount of spinach to use. Empirically its about two cups (chef joke) or three large handfuls.

The trick to getting this salad right is to build it in layers so that you get flavour all the way down, not just at the bottom or the top.

If you are feeling reckless, serve with a small side of honey Dijon salad dressing. Personally if I amĀ eating salad, my salad dressing of choice is an Italian Lambcrusco in a tall, fluted glass.

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