When it comes to cheese I’m not that finicky, I’ll eat whatever, whenever! I really like cheese, I even really like low-fat cheese! 🙂 Just a few years ago I discovered that I actually appreciate feta. It used to be one of those weird varieties that I steered clear of because of its texture (even though I liked the flavor) until I had some in a salad! I can’t actually figure out the logistics as to why it’s so good, but feta and lettuce= A+ in my book!
I can’t think of anything witty or even slightly interesting to say about this recipe besides: I like cheese, I like almonds, and when apple season comes along (fall time) I can’t get enough! Take all these ingredients and put them in a salad…voila!
Lucky Four-Leaf Salad with Feta and Apples
PER SERVING: (entire salad) 213 calories, 8g fat, 552mg sodium, 29.5g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 16.5g sugar, 10g protein
1 Fuji apple (went with a Honeycrisp apple because they were cheaper and I like them better)
3 cups 3-lettuce blend bagged lettuce
1 cup spinach leaves
1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 tbls. thinly sliced dry-roasted almonds (you know, the kind you find next to the bagged salads in the grocery store)
Optional: freshly ground black pepper, light vinaigrette dressing or another low-calorie dressing
Cut apple into quarters and remove the core, seeds, and stem. Thinly slice and then cut the slices in half widthwise.
Toss all ingredients together in a bowl. Add some pepper and dressing if you like, but this salad’s so flavorful you may not even need ’em. Enjoy!
(This review brought to you by the letter J! As in Jacque and not Mike, he was busy eating a pizza!)
My first bite review: Wow, it really doesn’t need dressing. Sweet!
Taste: When I was at the store I bought some dressing even though the recipe said it was unneccessary (I was reluctant) but I decided to try it first without it! It really was that flavorful and didn’t need it, I was shocked! The sweet apple and creamy feta merged so well with the lettuce/spinach that it seemed as though there was dressing. Loved it! (I did eat half of the salad with the sesame dressing just because I love Newman’s Own Lighten Up products that much, and it was good, but not necessary)
Texture: Crispy apples, rich feta, crunchy almonds, crisp spinach. When it comes to salads I need crunch. I need a lot of textures or it feels like I’m grinding my teeth together, this salad has all of that and more. I bet it would have been awesome with some glazed walnuts (but then the 4 Weight Watcher points would have been a lot more)
Satisfaction: I was gonna serve this with a side of chicken or left over pork roast, because it doesn’t feel like dinner without some sort of meat/protein. However, I was kind of hungry and just wanted to eat. I got this salad made in record time (about 5 minutes) and decided to just mow down and if need be, heat up the pork roast. After consuming the whole salad, I was stuffed! Best filling salad with no meat I’ve ever had!
Creativity: Reminds me of fall! Apples and onions kind of do that to me. I’ve seen salads on restaurant menus with apples and feta before, so I wasn’t that blown away by the creativity. However because it was the first time I’ve ever had a salad with apples and feta I give this 4 stars! It’s new to my taste buds so therefore its creative! (I know, that doesn’t make sense when I put it on paper, but it makes sense in my head!)
When’s the last time you prepared dinner in 5 minutes? 🙂