Monday, January 9, 2012

Spinach Salad with Tabbouleh and Orange Vinaigrette

I loved this Spinach Salad, and again was skeptical about my combinations... But I guess my cooking instincts are getting better because this turned out delightful! This salad is fresh, with touches of salty-sweet. The Bulgur is a great addition because it lends the heartiness you need in any good salad. We are feeling refreshed with all of these vegetable-based meals, so again, if you happen to be on the same page as us or a vegetarian, you will definitely enjoy.

Spinach Salad with Tabbouleh and Orange Vinaigrette
Time: 15 min Serves: 2
1 bundle spinach, stems removed, washed well
1/4 cup Pepita (shelled pumpkin seeds)
1 cup cold tabbouleh (bulgur wheat mix)
1 small apple, diced
1/4 cup olives, chopped
3 artichoke hearts (marinated), chopped
1/4 cup parmesan, shredded

1/4 cup olive oil
zest of one orange
juice of 1/2 orange
2 tbsp Champagne vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/2 tbsp sugar

How To:
1) Prep spinach thoroughly, either using a salad spinner or completely dry with paper towels. Set in a large salad bowl.

2) Over medium heat in a small pan, add pepitas. Toss seeds over the span of 5 minutes or until seeds start to brown. Turn off heat and set aside to cool.

3) Add tabbouleh, apple, olives, artichoke hearts, parmesan, and cooled pepitas to spinach.

4) Whisk together all of the vinaigrette ingredients. Whisk until emulsified. Taste and adjust if needed. Pour the dressing over the spinach salad. Using salad tongs, mix until spinach is well-coated, and ingredients are evenly distributed.

5) Divide into two bowls and serve immediately. Enjoy!


  1. Count me in as a big fan of spinach salad. Sounds delicious! xo

  2. Yes, I love spinach salad as well. I always feel like it's an immediate energy booster. Thank you :)


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