Steaming-hot pastas, soups and roast dinners may be all we crave in the dead cold of winter, but when the warm rays of spring come along? It’s the cool, light and refreshing meals we’re after.

For the perfect sunny-day dinner, I put together the Apple Cobb Salad. Packed with lots of greens, roast chicken, apple and plenty more, this perfect springtime meal is topped with honey mustard vinaigrette making it equal parts tasty and nutritious.

Apple Cobb Salad 1

Ingredients:

For the honey mustard dressing:

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 1/2 cup

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp white-wine vinegar
1 small clove garlic, minced
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the Salad:

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 1
Oven Roasted Chicken
1/4 cup quinoa
1/4 cup aged white cheddar, shredded
1 green apple, diced
1 Tbsp Gojo berries
2 Tbsp pecans
1 cup mixed greens (kale, chard, spinach)

Apple Cobb Salad 2

Directions:
1. In a small bowl, mix mustard, honey, vinegar, garlic and salt.

Apple Cobb Salad 3

2. Gradually whisk in olive oil.

Apple Cobb Salad 4

3. Roast the chicken and cook the quinoa as advised on the package.

Apple Cobb Salad 5

4. Practice Mise en Place and prep the ingredients.

Apple Cobb Salad 6

6. Throw all the ingredients in a bowl.

Apple Cobb Salad 7

7. Add desired amount of dressing and mix well.

Apple Cobb Salad 8

8. Plate, and enjoy!

headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.