Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Spinach and Fennel Salad with Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette and Dried Berries

5 WWPP Posted by 8 years ago 5 Comments

OK, OK, OK so I ate WAY too much at the office holiday party today. Not too mention I had fast food for lunch. So I decided it was a lite salad for dinner day. There were leftovers for the toddler. The husband went out for… wait for it… wait for it… Fast food (he was Christmas shopping.) That left me to fend for myself.

I love it when this happens!

I opened the fridge, looked in the pantry and came up with this. Now let me warn you the dressing is intense. You can replace with a store bought or whip up your own. I loved the kick from the raw garlic and the tartness from the vinegar especially mixed with the dried fruit. Spinach and Fennel Salad with Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette and Dried Berries

  • A few handfuls of baby spinach
  • half a fennel base sliced
  • 1/8 cup dried berries (I used half cranberries and half cherries) (20g)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 tbsp honey (5g)
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil (5g)
  • 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Pile the spinach, fennel and berries on a plate.

Puree the remaining ingredients in a small food processor to make the dressing.

Pour the dressing on the salad. Enjoy! :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
200 5g 7g old: 4 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
20g 1g 37g 5g

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    Scentsy mom

    December 17, 2009

    this looks SO good! Is it good with fresh berries too?


    December 17, 2009

    I don't see why not but I couldn't tell you this one the first time I made it! :)


    December 17, 2009

    ooo maybe you could roast the garlic first next time and then it will be sweet and deep (I just roasted some, so its on my mind).


    December 19, 2009

    This was exactly what I needed to read to get out my salad rut! You could add some orange slices, pecans, or chicken to make it more of a meal on its own. Thanks, Roni for the inspiration!


    January 10, 2010

    I have started putting fennel on salads all of the time. It is crisp and adds wonderful flavor to spinach or lettuces. Thanks for the idea!