Spinach Salad with Apples and Artichokes

Spinach Salad with Apples and Artichokes | gimmesomeoven.com

Dear Spring,

I am seriously ready for you to get here.  After a few 60-degree days this weekend in Kansas City, I awoke today to the rude surprise of a frosty ground and a freezing loft, after the batteries in my thermostat decided to randomly go out.  Oof.

I even woke up an hour early for Daylight Savings this weekend so that we could savor some sunlight on warm spring nights.  And I have the cutest pair of new sandals that I can’t wait to wear.  And spring salad recipes to make.  And iced coffees galore that will be calling my name.

But alas, you are taking your sweet time.

In the meantime, I have enjoyed at least pretending that it’s salad season with this delicious Spinach Salad with Apples and Artichokes.  I made the salad for the first time this winter on a clean-out-the-fridge day, when I also happened to be feeling very alliterative.  :)  But the salad ended up being so awesome that I have loved making it again and again!  I admit I had no idea that apples and artichokes paired so well together.  But when combined with some fresh spinach, gorgonzola, toasted pecans, and a light apple cider vinaigrette, it turns out they make quite the tasty salad.  And the nice thing is that even when it maybe isn’t officially spring, these ingredients are all available year-round and are quick and easy to throw together.

Still, Spring, I would be most grateful if you would put a spring in your step and show up soon.  That would be grand.

Yours always,
~Ali

Spinach Salad with Apples and Artichokes | gimmesomeoven.com

Spinach Salad with Apples and Artichokes

This simple fruity salad is great year-round!

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:
6 cups fresh baby spinach
2 apples, cored and julienned
1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, chopped
1 cup toasted or candied pecans
1/2 cup gorgonzola or blue cheese
[apple cider vinaigrette|http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/apple-cider-vinaigrette/] (or any light and fruity vinaigrette)

Directions:

Toss ingredients together until combined.  Serve immediately.

Spinach Salad with Apples and Artichokes | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Le Grumeau — March 12, 2013 @ 7:52 am (#)

    Looks wonderful Ali, I love the apple and potato combo ! Thanks.

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 12, 2013 @ 7:59 am (#)

    You had me at blue cheese!

  3. Cassie | Bake Your Day — March 12, 2013 @ 8:35 am (#)

    This salad screams spring. I love the apples!

  4. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — March 12, 2013 @ 8:50 am (#)

    Gurrrrrl, I hear ya! It was supposed to be 60 and sunny this week, but I am looking out the window to nothing but snow coming down. Maybe if I action this salad spring will come quickly!!

  5. Little Kitchie — March 12, 2013 @ 8:56 am (#)

    Such a lovely spring salad! And yes, SO ready for spring!!!

  6. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — March 12, 2013 @ 9:13 am (#)

    I wish I could say I shared your sentiment. I’m hoping for another few good dumps before Spring officially arrives! The salad, however, is gorgeous and I can enjoy it in front of a cozy fire!

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 12, 2013 @ 9:47 am (#)

    Mmm this is so jam packed with goodness!! Apples + Artichokes?! I’m in!

  8. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain — March 12, 2013 @ 9:58 am (#)

    OMG we had such a nice weekend, full of sunshine and warm weather, and then now it’s dark, dreary, and pouring rain out. >_< At least we can pretend it's actually spring with salads like these :D YUM.

  9. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 12, 2013 @ 10:45 am (#)

    I love the freshness of this salad! Perfect for Spring!

  10. Tracey — March 12, 2013 @ 10:56 am (#)

    I echo your sentiments completely Ali! We haven’t actually had any 60-degree days yet but there were a few warmer ones before the gray and dreary returned. Love this combination of ingredients in your salad – I never would have thought of it, but they sound amazing!

  11. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — March 12, 2013 @ 11:50 am (#)

    I love the simplicity of this salad!

  12. meg jones wall — March 12, 2013 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    god, i just published a post lamenting the slow return of spring as well. i’m so glad i’m not alone.

    also, this salad looks gorgeous and i can’t wait to make it :)

  13. Anna (Hidden Ponies) — March 12, 2013 @ 6:00 pm (#)

    I would’ve never thought to add artichokes, interesting! And winter can stay as looong as it likes in my books :)

  14. Paige Flamm — March 12, 2013 @ 6:55 pm (#)

    I used to work at Panera and loved the fuji apple salad, this looks similar but with artichokes, which I love! Will definitely have to make this soon!

  15. Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 12, 2013 @ 11:01 pm (#)

    Ohhh heeyyy girl!! I need this right this minute!

  16. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 12, 2013 @ 11:25 pm (#)

    This salad looks so amazing! I’ve been making everything citrus, just willing spring and summer to get here already!

  17. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 13, 2013 @ 3:01 am (#)

    I love that you’re bringing spring to us! Although it sure feels like spring here in LA. I think it was pushing 80 today. Too bad I’m stuck at the office all day!

    Anyway, love this salad! And the apple cider vinaigrette sounds like the perfect complement!

  18. Paula - bell'alimento — March 13, 2013 @ 7:36 am (#)

    Look at those perfect apple matchsticks! Love a spinach salad and bring on spring!

  19. Sommer@ASP — March 13, 2013 @ 7:43 am (#)

    Lol, love the letter. I’ve written this in my head so many times. Gorgeous salad!!

  20. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 13, 2013 @ 11:14 am (#)

    I’ve been pretending it’s salad season around here, too. I do think it helps!! :) Beautiful salad, Ali!

  21. Angie — March 13, 2013 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    This looks so perfect and healthy for lunch!

  22. What a lovely letter :) Also when I read that you’re ready for 60 degrees it took me few seconds to realize that you’re thinking about Fahrenheit :) In Celsius it’s bit too hot, hahaha.

  23. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — March 14, 2013 @ 10:30 am (#)

    You and me both girl. The waiting for spring part. I am totally ready and this salad….hoooo weeeee that looks good. YUM!!!

  24. Sandra - The Foodie Affair — April 14, 2013 @ 12:51 pm (#)

    Hi Ali, I’m cruising the web for some yummy salad recipes and saw yours. I have a lot of baby spinach that I’ve been putting in my smoothies, but I’m going to have to save some for this salad. Looks so fresh! Thanks :)

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