Spinach can be grown as either a spring or a fall crop in the home garden. Since it doesn’t take up a lot of room, you don’t need a large patch of land and it grows well in containers, too. When planted in fertile soil, spinach requires no fertilizer and is an easy vegetable to grow. Pick the spinach while it is young and tender for use in a spinach apple salad.
Combine shallots, both vinegars, and paprika in a small bowl. Mix in 2 tbsp. of sugar. Whisk in the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Place the butter in the skillet and melt it over medium heat. Add the almonds and stir until they begin to turn brown, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the almonds and stir them until the sugar begins to turn light brown, about 2 minutes.
Transfer the almonds to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread them in a single layer so that they don't stick together.
Combine spinach and apples in large bowl. Pour over enough dressing to lightly coat the spinach and apples, and mix in the almonds. Transfer the salad to a large bowl, platter or individual salad plates. Pour the remaining dressing into a container to pass around with the salad.