Spring Spinach Salad & Dressing

We’ve had a long weekend full of yard work and wanted a quick, delicious, and healthy lunch to help us power through the day.  For the last month, we’ve been spending most of our free time trying to remove honeysuckle from our stream bank.  It’s very invasive and took over most of the surrounding area.

The guys ripping out honeysuckle.

Some of the bank is now cleared and we can enjoy the view of the stream. 

Needless to say, it has been a lot of work but will be paying off when we have a fence installed tomorrow and can enjoy a bigger feeling, beautiful backyard.

You can definitely adjust what you put on the salad.  Exact measurements aren’t needed- what’s below is only a guideline.  The flavors were a perfect match up for the dressing!


For the Dressing:
-1/2 Cup Olive Oil
-1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
-1 Garlic Clove, minced
-1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
-1 teaspoon Thyme
-2 teaspoons Honey
-Salt and Pepper to taste

For the Salad:
-3 Cups Spinach
-1 Cup Grilled Chicken, chopped
-Cheddar Cheese (shredded or cut into tiny cubes)
-Tomato, sliced
-Gala Apple, chopped
-Sliced Almonds
-Roasted Pecans

For the dressing, shake all ingredients in a mason jar (or other container that can be sealed.)  Store sealed in the fridge until ready to use.

Layer salad ingredients on a chilled plate and drizzle with the dressing.  Enjoy!

7 thoughts on “Spring Spinach Salad & Dressing

  1. Just A Smidgen

    15 Apr on 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Oh, I love this kind of salad with so many ingredients added in.. I look forward to seeing more photos of you yard as it gets finished!

  2. chefconnie

    15 Apr on 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Beautiful salad. I love new ideas for salad dressings.

  3. Aimee@clevermuffin

    16 Apr on 2012 at 5:24 am

    Yum! I love the addition of a slived apple, this is the type of thing I live off in summer, so crisp and yummy.

  4. Purely.. Kay

    17 Apr on 2012 at 12:42 am

    Theres nothing like a delicious spinach salad.. nothing :). I absolutely adore this recipe.

  5. pinkpolkadotfood

    17 Apr on 2012 at 7:03 am

    I love the salad – it looks so fresh and full of crunch! I did not know that honeysuckle is invasive?

    • thedrivencook

      26 Apr on 2012 at 8:04 am

      Yes, it is horribly invasive! Especially here in Ohio by the Scioto River…or any stream/river bank for that matter. It’s so hard to rip out, too!

  6. Geni - Sweet and Crumby

    24 Apr on 2012 at 4:02 pm

    What a beautiful spring salad! Perfect to give you the energy you needed to complete that Herculean task!

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