Apples and spinach combine to create a fresh, nutritious salad tossed with homemade oil and vinegar dressing. Apples contain fiber and vitamin A, while spinach provides beta carotene, vitamin C and other nutrients. According to the Iowa State University Extension, spinach and other leafy greens are the most nutrient dense of all foods. This recipe yields approximately 4 servings of spinach and apple salad, and provides another way to add more leafy greens and nutrients to your diet. Use spinach leaves from the garden for an even fresher taste.
Core and slice the apple into thin slices. Add the lemon juice to a small bowl, and dip the apple slices in the juice to prevent discoloration.
Wash the spinach leaves and remove any large stems. Tear large spinach leaves into smaller pieces, and transfer to a large bowl.
Toss the apple slices with the spinach leaves until well combined. Add the cheese and pecans, and mix thoroughly.
Combine the extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar in a separate mixing bowl. Add the brown sugar and stir until dissolved.
Pour the olive oil dressing over the spinach and apple salad, stir well to combine, and serve immediately. If preparing to serve later, cover and refrigerate for no more than four days until ready to consume.