Autumn Spinach Salad

Salad always seems like a summer meal that you eat in on a breezy patio under sunny weather. While that might be ideal, it can make a delicious cool weather meal with the right ingredients and flavors. This spinach salad is simple, with crunchy apples, and a quick maple mustard dressing that is great for a chilly night when you want something fresh and healthy. Some shredded chicken adds protein, while bacon pairs nicely with the sweetness from the apples and the dressing. This is a great way to use up leftover chicken breasts. For more Paleo salad and salad dressing recipes, visit our PaleoPlan recipe center!

Autumn Spinach Salad
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Autumn Spinach Salad

Servings 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Information

calories 502

carbohydrate 16.4g

protein 51.4g

fat 25.8g

saturated fat 5.3g

cholesterol 151mg

sodium 357mg

potassium 863mg

fiber 3.7g

sugar 10.8g



  • 1/4 cup(s) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) mustard, dijon
  • 1 teaspoon(s) maple syrup
  • 1 medium garlic clove(s)
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) sea salt, coarse


  • 8 cup(s) spinach, baby
  • 3 piece(s) chicken breast(s), boneless skinless (4-6 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon(s) coconut oil or bacon fat
  • 6 slice(s) bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 medium apple(s), sweet thinly sliced


  1. Chop boneless, skinless chicken breasts for faster cooking. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add coconut oil when hot. Sauté chicken breasts for 10-15 minutes, stirring often, until fully cooked; season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper if desired. Shred if desired.
  2. Put the ingredients for the dressing in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Toss the salad ingredients in a large bowl with the dressing until well coated. Serve immediately.