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Lucky Four-Leaf Salad with Feta and Apples

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!

THE RECIPE:

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

Cut apple into quarters and remove the core, seeds, and stem. Thinly slice and then cut the slices in half widthwise.

Check out how big that apple is! I decided to go with just half because it was so big!

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!

3 different lettuce leaves and spinach! (A la carte)

Apples, onions, feta and sliced almonds, oh my!

No caption needed! (Isn't it pretty?)

THE REVIEW:

(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? 🙂

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