Spinach, Apple, & Mushroom Salad

The hubs is officially down over 35 pounds since he started working out and eating better! I am so proud of him. He’s been on a spinach kick, which is awesome, since its one if the most nutrient – rich leafy greens out there.

Lately he’s been eating a spinach salad for lunch every day, so I’ve started eating them too. But just plain, raw spinach can get boring after awhile. So I started switching it up.

For the hubs, the winner seems to be spinach with sliced Fuji apples and an Italian/balsamic dressing mix I made. One day I tried adding feta cheese to the mix and loved it.

Today I tried something new and it’s definitely my favorite so far, at leastย in terms of a quick and healthy lunch salad.

First put your desired amount of spinach in a salad bowl. Slice up your favorite apple and toss some in there.ย  (For the portions we eat, 5 slices are about right. Sometimes I eat the rest of the apple plain… or dip it in peanut butter!)

Now wash 3-4 mini-bella mushrooms and slice them. Heat a small pan over medium -low heat with about a teaspoon of olive oil. When the pan is hot, add the mushrooms. Let them cook until they start to turn golden brown, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle a little salt, and toss or flip them to brown then evenly.

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Then place them down the middle of the salad, sprinkling feta cheese over top of them.ย  Drizzle with a bit of salad dressing, and you’re good to go!

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Fresh and healthy. You get crunch and sweet from the apples, warm earthiness from the mushrooms, creamy from the feta, and a bit of acidity from the dressing. The whole combo plays nicely on the strong taste of spinach. So delish!

What are your favorite salad creations or combinations? ๐Ÿ™‚

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