Then, Mother Nature got confused and summer-like temperatures re-emerged. I’m not complaining. I’ll take as many sunny and 80 degree days that she wants to give me.
With those warmer temperatures came a salad craving, so yesterday I scoured the fridge to see what I could come up with. I had the right ingredients for a tasty salad: baby spinach leaves, grapes, feta, and walnuts.
I wanted something a little different though, and thought roasting the grapes would make this a decidedly fall salad. It was a good choice, as roasting fruit brings out so much flavor and concentrates the sweetness.
The grapes, tossed first in a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, become extra sweet and tangy. When the warm grapes are combined with the feta, toasted walnuts, and spinach, the spinach leaves become a little wilted and no extra dressing is needed.
I gobbled this salad up faster than a hungry pregnant lady in her third trimester (oh wait…that’s me!) and wished I had more. Try it. You’ll see what I mean.Print
Spinach salad with roasted grapes, feta, and walnuts
A simple spinach salad dressed with warm, sticky-sweet roasted grapes, feta cheese, and toasted walnuts.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: Makes 1 very large main-course portion or 2-3 small side salads 1x
- Category: Salad
- Cuisine: American
- 2–3 large handfuls baby spinach leaves
- 3/4 cup grapes, halved
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1–2 pinches salt
- 1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the grapes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt. Toss to evenly coat.
- Place the grapes on a baking sheet (Tip: use parchment paper for easy clean up!) and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and use a spatula to toss the grapes around a little. To the other side of the pan, add the walnuts. Put the baking sheet back into the oven and roast for another 5-6 minutes. The grapes should roast for a total of about 15-16 minutes and the walnuts needs about 5-6 minutes to get toasted.
- Combine the spinach leaves, grapes, walnuts, and feta cheese in a bowl. Use your hands or two forks to toss the salad, making sure the glaze-y grapes touch all of the spinach leaves. Serve immediately.
- Serving Size: 1 large main
- Calories: 511
- Sugar: 19g
- Sodium: 666mg
- Fat: 43g
- Carbohydrates: 25g
- Protein: 13g
Keywords: healthy dinner