Spinach Sapodilla Salad with Pine Nuts and Gouda

2 servings
15 minutes cook time
Spinach Sapodilla Salad with Pine Nuts and Gouda

Exotic spinach salad - is that a thing? It is now! Spinach sapodilla salad with pine nuts, red onion, raisins, gouda cheese and topped with an apple cider mustard dressing is the upgraded spinach salad you didn’t know you needed.

Salad gets a bad rap for being boring, but this salad proves that saying wrong. It’s full of delicious flavor in every bite. Serve this spinach salad as your next side dish for a punch of flavor at your next meal.

Creamy gouda cheese, sweet sapodilla and crunchy pine nuts are a salad combo that knocks it out of the park!

Spinach Sapodilla Salad with Pine Nuts and Gouda Recipe

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 5
  • Good for: kid-friendly, salads, side dishes, parties, gluten-free
  • Difficulty: easy

Need a flavorful side salad for your next meal? Look no further. This spinach salad with sweet sapodilla, pine nuts, red onions, raisins and gouda cheese will hit the spot. It’s all dressed in a flavorful apple cider mustard dressing and pairs well with most main meals.


For the salad:

  • 5 ounces spinach
  • 2 sapodillas peeled and sliced with seeds removed (1 ½ cups)
  • ¾ cup chopped or crumbled gouda cheese
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup pine nuts

For the dressing;

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Salad serving bowl
  • Bowl for vinaigrette
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Recipe Steps:

Prepare the salad:

  1. In a large serving bowl add the spinach leaves, sliced sapodilla, gouda cheese, red onion, raisins and pine nuts.

Prepare the dressing:

  1. Whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, sugar, garlic powder, ground cumin, salt and pepper.
  2. Pour the dressing over the prepared salad and toss well to evenly coat all the ingredients.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve this salad as a side dish to your main meal. It compliments most comfort food meals and fall infused dishes.

Get creative and swap out ingredients to make it your own! Try kale or arugula instead of spinach. Trade feta cheese or blue cheese for the gouda. Add in more of our exotic fruit like blood red oranges or persimmons for more fruity flavors.

Nutritional Information for One Serving:

  • Calories: 300
  • Total Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg
  • Sodium: 330mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 27g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5g
  • Total Sugars: 19g - Includes 0g Added Sugars
  • Protein: 8g
  • Vitamin D: 0.1mcg
  • Calcium: 210mg
  • Iron: 2.1mg
  • Potassium: 450mg

Don’t forget to show us how you’re making your spinach sapodilla salad with pine nuts and gouda on Instagram @FruitStandcom! Nothing makes us happier than when we see you enjoying your fruit. Each time you share your FruitStand experience, you’re supporting small farmers and helping other fruit geeks discover rare and delicious produce sustainably. Try even more sapodilla recipes from your FruitStand fam on our blog!

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