Posted by: jiminmontana | January 16, 2012

Balsamic Spinach Salad with Feta, Cranberries, Walnuts, & Red Onion

Made this for the family Sunday feast and all were very happy with it.  This is a fantastic salad!  The candied walnuts give a nice crunch that off-sets the cranberries and bacon.  My family preferred more spinach in the mix (6 Cups), but you may prefer more intensity with less.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 C walnuts, pecans, or almond slivers

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  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 C olive oil

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  • 3-6 C prepared raw spinach (or mixed greens)
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled well
  • 1/4 C chopped red onion
  • 1/2 C dried cranberries, chopped as halved or quartered

PROCESS:

  1. Candy the nuts.  Pour 1/4 C sugar into small sauce pan and heat.  As melts, add nuts and stir with a teaspoon to coat the nuts with melted sugar.  Cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat.  Pour out onto baking sheet covered with baking parchment and separate nuts.  Set aside when cool.
  2. In larger bowl, mix vinegar, honey, pepper, mustard, and then oil.  Use whisk to blend well.
  3. Just before serving, toss in the spinach/greens and mix really well.  Can either toss in the remaining ingredients or sprinkle on top.  Add walnuts on top last and enjoy.
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