This Heart Healthy Blueberry Spinach Salad is a light and refreshing salad completely loaded with good stuff: sweet apple slices, blueberries, feta cheese, walnuts, fibrous heart healthy spinach and tossed in a flavorful balsamic vinegar.
I teamed up with Kroger to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Some people think salads are boring, but I’m definitely not one of those people. I eat at least one salad every day and sometimes I’ll have two a day. They never really get old. The greens are like a blank canvas. You can top them with a variety of fruits and vegetables and create a masterpiece.
Plus, they are so easy to toss together. At some point I really want to write a salad cookbook or open a salad shop. Although, most of my favorite salads involve throwing anything and everything we have in the fridge on top of a bed of greens, drizzling on a little dressing, sprinkling on some nuts and seeds and calling it a salad. Sooo…. the cookbook/shop could get a little interesting. 😉
My current favorite salad is this Heart Healthy Blueberry Spinach Salad. It is a true work of art! And the best part, it is a tasty work of art! I love everything about this salad!
To honor Heart Health Awareness Month, I wanted this particular salad recipe to be a nutrient-dense, plant-based salad that combined fresh blueberries, apple slices, walnuts and baby spinach. It had to be big (my salad motto = go big or go home), flavorful, colorful, filling and delicious (duh!).
The final result totally fits the bill. It’s packed with fresh produce and a few other ingredients from Kroger and combines a variety of tastes and textures. From the sweet berries to the creamy tangy feta, and the crunchy walnuts — no two bites are the same.
Not only is this salad healthy and tasty, it’s super easy too. Simply toss together the ingredients and feel free to experiment with favorite greens, other fruits and other things you already have on-hand. This salad would also be brilliant with strawberries, pears and kale. Want to make the salad a little more hearty? Add quinoa, grilled chicken or seared salmon (also heart healthy!) to make this more of a full dinner salad.
And a quick note about the dressing – I happened to use a mission fig flavored balsamic vinegar and it was so lovely, I didn’t need to worry about adding any olive oil or other dressing. I happened to notice that Kroger sells a strawberry fig balsamic vinegar, which would be perfect, but again get creative and use a favorite dressing or vinaigrette.
This salad makes it easy to get your fruits and veggies in! It’s loaded with goodness! I could easily eat this salad every day and I think I just might! So if you need a new kind of salad in your lives (which you all totally do!) give this one a whirl. It won’t disappoint!
A light, refreshing salad loaded with the all the good stuff!
- 4 cups spinach or other favorite greens (feel free to chop, if preferred)
- 1/2 to 1 apple, thinly sliced or diced
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup blueberries
- 3 to 4 tablespoons walnut pieces/halves or other favorite nut/seed
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup red cabbage (optional)
- 4 teaspoons flavored balsamic vinegar or favorite vinaigrette
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 3 to 4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese or other favorite crumbled cheese like goat or blue cheese
Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with balsamic vinegar or other favorite vinaigrette.
Divide into two salads and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
Looking for more heart healthy deliciousness? Check out my other favorites!
Something to think about….
How are you honoring your heart for Heart Healthy Awareness Month and every month? Find plenty of heart healthy ingredients and inspiration at Kroger! Also, be sure to visit Kroger during the month of February to get a free cholesterol screening.