(pictured with a sweet potato and blue cheese frittata)
Everyone has a go-to, simple salad that they love to throw together, and this one is brought to you courtesy of Ashley Higgs. Last month Ashley had some guests over for a pasta-making party, and she served this exquisite, unfussy salad on the side.
Since this is a simple dish, a high quality cheese goes a long way. In other words, this would not be the time to pull out the green shaker of grated parm (not that there ever is). Additionally, I highly recommend a good balsamic vinegar (made with grape must), rather than a cheap, imitation variety. At home, I paired this leafy masterpiece with a sweet potato and blue cheese frittata, but the mellow flavors of the salad compliment just about any dish.
Simple Spinach Salad with Apples and Parmesan (Recipe by Ashley Higgs)
Makes 4 servings
- 5 oz baby spinach
- 2 green apples (I used Granny Smith), chopped
- ¼ cup grated parmigiano reggiano
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Method: Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl, and toss until mixed. Serves 4 as a generous side salad.
Nutrition per serving: 140 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 14g carbohyrates (3g fiber, 10g sugar), 3g protein, 110mg sodium, 68% Vitamin A, 24% Vitamin C, 10% Calcium, 6% Iron