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Apples N' Cherries Spinach Salad in a blue Pyrex bowl

Oooh, summertime. The one time of year that you eat salads because you want to, not because you should. Produce sings with flavor thanks to it actually being in season, prices fall on delights such as cherries and you load up on your antioxidants like you’re a squirrel storing nuts for winter.

My latest salad was most certainly eaten because I wanted a scrumptious salad and not because I felt guilty over the chips I ate fishing this weekend. Definitely no guilt over the chocolate covered raisins that I snacked on in the boat as well… add in some chocolate covered granola bars as well… sigh.

I’m thinking that fishing needs to be more active of a sport than sitting in a boat. Wonder what the guys will say when I pack nothing but salads for snacks the next time we are out?

This beauty doesn’t feel like you are eating a salad which is always my goal. I am not a salad person. Salads taste like diets, plain and simple and diets taste depressing.

The above sentence probably makes sense to only me and those of you who have ever dieted.

This salad is loaded with apples, cherries, spinach and sprinkled with shredded Sovrano cheese.

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This recipe is very easy to adapt. want more cherries? Add them in. Apples? Sure, why not? You can fiddle until the amounts are perfect for you.

This I could eat daily.

Apparently I need to eat this daily to make up for the food that I eat while fishing to help me detox.

There might have also been some new peanut butter cookies involved the past two fishing trips… I’m not really at liberty to say. Actually, I’m just plain embarrassed that I can add peanut butter cookies to that massive list of junk food that we ate while fishing.

Anyone have any fabulous salad recipes that they would like to share?  I need ideas to pack for shore lunch for fishing trips…. I can just see the guys faces now when I pull out a container of fancy greens.

Granted, they might just leave me on shore after I pull that stunt….

Totally would be worth it.



Apples N’ Cherries Spinach Salad

5 from 2 votes
Close up of Apples N' Cherries Spinach Salad in a blue Pyrex bowl
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 cup pitted sliced cherries
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup diced apples
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sovrano cheese shredded; choose your amount to top the salad


  • Combine the first four ingredients in a bowl; set aside. 
  • Combine the maple syrup, vinegar and oil in a bowl and whisk with a fork. 
  • Toss the salad with the vinaigrette, then top with shredded cheese. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2g, Calories: 221kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 38mg, Potassium: 478mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 4220IU, Vitamin C: 16.5mg, Calcium: 91mg, Iron: 1.9mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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