This crisp, refreshing Cherry Tomato & Spinach Salad recipe is an easy way to incorporate more vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants into your diet.
You are going to love this tasty, superfood salad because it uses simple ingredients and takes only 10 minutes to prepare. It is the perfect side salad to accompany a soup and sandwich for a filling lunch or dinner. It is also a great salad for entertaining or bringing along to a potluck.
The basic elements of this salad are fresh baby spinach with cherry tomatoes, cucumber and pumpkin seeds, tossed in a delectable honey balsamic vinaigrette. Spinach is a great leafy green to always have on hand in your refrigerator. It is an excellent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin A and folic acid. Cherry tomatoes are also fantastic to have on hand because it is so easy to throw them into a salad and they are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C.
When preparing the dressing, I always like to shake the ingredients together in a jar rather than whisking them in a bowl, because I find the vinaigrette combines much more easily that way. If you are making this salad in advance for a party, do not add the dressing until you are ready to serve. This will keep the salad crisp and prevent it from becoming soggy.
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- 6 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 medium cucumber, sliced
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients.
In a small jar, add all dressing ingredients and close tightly with the lid. Shake vigorously until combined.
Just before serving, drizzle salad with dressing and toss until evenly coated.
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