1 large bag of spinach leaves, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1 apple, chopped
1 beet, peeled and shredded
sunflower seeds, toasted
For the Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, grated on a microplane or use a garlic press
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt to taste
1 tablespoon brown sugar to taste
Toss salad ingredients and any optional garnishes in a large bowl.
Put dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously to combine.
Pour just enough dressing on the salad to lightly coat. Serve immediately.