Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese and Apples

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
20 min
20 min
0 min
Replace the orange juice in this recipe with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Omit the blue cheese and almonds and use 2 chopped hard-cooked eggs instead.


Kosher salt

½ tsp

Garlic clove(s)

1 small clove(s), minced

Apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp

Orange juice

fl oz

Olive oil

2 tsp

Dijon mustard

2 tsp

Black pepper

tsp, freshly ground, or to taste

Fresh spinach

20 oz, 2 (10-ounce) baby variety, rinsed

Fresh apple(s)

2 medium, tart, cored and sliced into thin wedges

Uncooked red onion(s)

¼ medium, very thinly sliced

Blue cheese

¼ cup(s), (1 ounce) crumbled

Honey roasted almond(s)

2 Tbsp, or hickory smoked, coarsely chopped


  1. To make the dressing, sprinkle the salt over the garlic on a cutting board. Mash to a paste with the flat side of a heavy knife. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic-salt paste, the vinegar, orange juice, oil, mustard, and pepper.
  2. To prepare the salad, place the spinach in a large salad bowl and toss with half the dressing. Top with the apples, onion, blue cheese, and almonds, arranged in an attractive pattern. Drizzle with the remaining dressing. Yields 1 cup per serving.