Yield
6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Reduced-fat vinaigrettes can be tricky--too little oil, and the dressing may be too tart. Adding a sweet element (maple syrup) and a sharp/bitter element (mustard) helps achieve harmony.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add oil, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Add chives, salt, pepper, and bacon; stir with a whisk until well blended.

Step 2

Combine apple, onion, and spinach in a large bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

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Ratings & Reviews

Mickeysue's Review

Kimisu
October 17, 2011
really good. I made it as written, but the dressing is so SPARSE!!!!!!! I know that's how the calories and fat are lowered, but let's get real. Gotta have the dressing or the spinach is just raw, blah!!!!!! I'll make it again and quadruple the dressing. Don't want to rip off my dinner guests, doncha know.

Kimisu's Review

CMMiller
May 10, 2011
One of my all-time favorite salads. My kids ASK for it - gotta love a salad that the kids want to eat.

CMMiller's Review

haileej88
January 23, 2011
LOVE this salad. I top it with grilled chicken and gorgonzola crumbles for a filling dinner entree.

Sheree3's Review

Sheree3
January 17, 2011
I gave this five stars because I consistently dislke my homemade salads, and I love this. We used fabulous Benton's bacon, grease in dressing and crumbles on salad for my hubby. The dressing keeps well and with spinach adds an easy weeknight vegetable to dinner.

haileej88's Review

Mickeysue
April 01, 2009
I love this salad. I am a big fan of salad bar in the fridge so I usually chop up all the ingredients and store them separately on a try in the fridge. When the time is right I pull the tray out and take a little out of each container and make my salad. That being said it was a great building block for my salad bar. I added some grape tomatoes and mushrooms which was wonderful. I also use Spring Mix as my base rather than spinach alone. The dressing is wonderful. I did not combine the bacon with the dressing because I thought it would become soggy. Overall this recipe is wonderful and I will make it time and time again!

EricaT's Review

EricaT
January 25, 2009
Loved it as is!