Spinach Salad with Figs, Walnuts, and Goat Cheese

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I try to get plenty of uncooked spinach in my diet, because it’s a rich source of many vitamins and minerals such as zinc, niacin, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, and potassium. Lately I’ve been enjoying this salad – and I hope you will too!

Salad

3 cups of baby spinach
1/4 cup of dried figs (4-5 mission figs)
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1/4 cup of crumbled goat cheese

Dressing

1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon
pinch of garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
salt & pepper to taste
(This is best if made ahead for flavors to blend.)

Nutrition Info

Spinach – Antioxidants in spinach keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from harmful free radicals. Spinach is an especially rich source of folate which is crucial for proper brain function, and plays important roles in mental health, red blood-cell production, and helps prevent anemia. Spinach also contains plenty of the essential nutrient magnesium which plays a role in more than 300 body functions including enzyme production, muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, regulation of the immune system, and bone density.

Figs (about 30 calories) – Choline, vitamins A E C & K, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, folate, niacin, and manganese. I love figs for their flavor but also especially for their choline which can be hard to find in veggies and is important for liver function, nerve function, brain function, supporting energy levels and maintaining a healthy metabolism.

Goat Cheese – rich in essential nutrients vitamin A, vitamin B, riboflavin, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. Goat milk has less lactose and a slightly different protein structure than cow’s milk, making it easier to digest.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Studies show that apple cider vinegar regulates blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol, and may increase satiety all of which can aid weight loss.