Apple Salad

Apples are known for their sweet flavors and nutritional qualities.   They are predominantly used as the star of dessert recipes, but they can be used in other diverse ways.  This recipe is a nutritious option that provides bitter, salty and sweet flavors to create a unique salad.  It packs protein, fiber and plenty of vitamins and minerals to support a healthy lifestyle.

The dark leafy greens in this recipe contain high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and so much more.  They are known to promote bone health as well as provide preventive properties for inflammatory disease.  Leafy greens promote a healthy heart with other benefits like toxin elimination, brain function and immune support.

The turkey bacon crumbled onto this salad has two grams of protein.  It is leaner with less fat and contains fewer calories than pork bacon.  It is still a slice of processed meat so regulate your intake of turkey bacon, because of its high levels of sodium and sugar that it may contain depending on the brand.

Feta cheese is one of those stinky cheese varieties, but its unique flavor can add so much to a recipe. It is also higher in calcium and phosphorus than many other cheese varieties, which makes it a great choice to support bone health.  Feta is also lower in calories compared to its counterparts and contains probiotics that are great for gut health.

Apples pack a ton of fiber and this amount of fiber plays a huge part in maintaining proper digestion.  They have also been linked to supporting the immune system and are a great snack for weight loss.  With over four grams of fiber and over eight milligrams of vitamin C, apples pack nutrition and flavor. 

With all these ingredients combined in this recipe, your taste buds will be satisfied.  The nutritional values in this salad are very beneficial to our health and can help prevent various health ailments.  Enjoy and share this recipe with others to inspire healthy eaters!

 Ingredients

  • 6 cups spring mix
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • 2 slices of cooked turkey bacon
  • 1/4 cup Feta cheese crumbles
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts, raw or toasted
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced or chopped into chunks

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning

Directions

  1. Whisk all dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or place in a jar and shake.  Place in the fridge to chill.
  2. Cook the turkey bacon and then chop or crumble to desired size. Set aside.
  3. Place the mixed greens in a bowl and add all topping ingredients.  Toss so that all ingredients are mixed well.  Drizzle salad with desired amount of dressing and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Calories 1248 kcal
Protein 22.34 g
Total lipid (fat)91.73 g
Carbohydrate 93.66 g

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