Spinach Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

Marla Meridith

January 30, 2010

Homemade healthy salad with pine nuts and vinaigrette

There is nothing like a simple salad for lunch or dinner. Add to it some toasted nuts, lean protein and you have a filling and fabulous meal. We love all kinds of nuts over here. In the fridge we have all different kinds and always a batch of roasted pine nuts ready to go.

If you don’t have pine nuts on hand feel free to use walnuts, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc….

We recently had some friends over to our place for an aprés ski dinner. We served this salad with our favorite pasta. This was a quick meal to throw together and also makes for wonderful leftovers. Perfect for lunch box meals. Dress your salad as needed so the spinach does not get soggy.

Little ripe cherry tomatoes add a lot of color to a simple salad. We also love them in my Rustic Tomato and Cheese Margherita Tarts (which also happens to be gluten free.)

We always have all kinds of veggies ready to go. Baby spinach is versatile for quick sautés, salads, chili, pasta dishes and so much more…keep a bunch handy.

What is your favorite salad? Do you make your own dressing or use store bought?


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  • Trail (of Oven Aversion)
    Posted at 21:32h, 30 January

    Yum, sounds tasty and easy! Can’t beat that!

  • Maria
    Posted at 06:57h, 31 January

    I love the photo of you! I just wish you were skiing in Utah:) Next time! Great salad-the tomatoes really pop in there!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    Posted at 10:27h, 31 January

    Yum spinach salad 🙂 Spinach is my ultimate green for salads and this one is beautiful as always! That’s an amazing shot of you on the top of the mountain, it totally looks like it could be in a skiing magazine.

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    Posted at 18:03h, 31 January

    I can’t wait to see the pasta recipe! The salad looks great. I love pine nuts on salads 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    Posted at 18:21h, 31 January

    Hi Marla your salad looks great! I hope you’re had an awesome weekend, we did Skylar 3rd bday today and we are out the door for a really late but much needed chill walk. No pun intended, it’s brrr here right now!
    Have a great evening w/ your fam 🙂

  • Faith
    Posted at 18:32h, 31 January

    I love how quick and refreshing this salad is, Marla! I’m usually a measurer too, so it’s nice to have a few go-tos like this to whip up in a snap. I would love to dollop some hummus on this salad and pair it with some multigrain crackers for a super quick and healthy lunch!

  • wizzythestick
    Posted at 21:27h, 31 January

    This salad does look very bright and delicious and pine nuts do pair so well with spinach.

  • SweetFoodie
    Posted at 04:34h, 01 February

    I love big salads where all of the fresh ingredients can stand out on their own! Great photo – makes me hungry for lunch and it’s just breakfast time 🙂

  • sippitysup
    Posted at 06:24h, 01 February

    You do a very good job of making me feel like I was there “apres ski”. If I had been there your theory of a “big batch” for leftovers would have been merely a theory! GREG

  • Kristi Rimkus
    Posted at 07:52h, 01 February

    Beautiful salad. Terrific picture of you too!

  • cookiepie
    Posted at 09:58h, 01 February

    Oooooooh – that salad looks fantastic! LOVE the toasted pine nuts in there. Delish! And thanks so much for the kind words on my blog – you made my day!

  • Nicole, RD
    Posted at 15:24h, 01 February

    Toasted pine nuts and balsamic vinegar belong on every salad, I’m convinced of it! 😛

  • sweetlife
    Posted at 17:21h, 01 February

    Great salad love the colors!! perfect for lunch!!

  • theUngourmet
    Posted at 12:23h, 02 February

    I love those cute red and blue flowers everywhere! 😀

    Your salad is sensational! I am crazy for salad, especially if they include spinach and pine nuts!

  • Simply Life
    Posted at 04:25h, 06 February

    YUM! This salad looks delicious!


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