Spinach Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

kim *

By
@Bakerella

Perfect ThanksGiving/Christmas salad! And VERY virsatile. Make it your own by using whatever lettuce, cheese and nuts you prefer. The colors are so festive and it's the dressing that makes it!


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Ingredients

1 large
bag of baby spinach (or i often like to use a mix of romaine and red leaf lettuce).
1/2
bag of craisins (sweetened dried cranberries)
6 oz pkg
of crumbled gorgonzola cheese (or blue cheese or feta if you prefer).
1 c
sugared pecans or walnuts (which ever you prefer). you can purchase candied nuts already prepared or you can make your own by following the directions below.

FOR DRESSING:

1
sm. pkt. of good seasons italian salad dressing mix
1/4 c
balsamic vinegar. (balsamic vinegar is used in place of the red-wine vinigar called for on the pkg)
2 Tbsp
water
2 Tbsp
sugar
3/4 c
vegetable oil

Directions Step-By-Step

1
FOR DRESSING: Mix Good Seasons pkt with water, vinegar & 2 tbsp sugar in jar w/tightly fitted lid. (I prefer to use the crudette jar that is sold along w/the Good Season's dressing mixes). Then add oil and shake well.
2
If preparing your own candied nuts: Melt 3/4 cup sugar in a saute pan coated with cooking spray, on high heat. Simply stir w/wooden spoon until sugar begins to melt down & liquify. Add nuts & toss to coat well, & spread evenly onto wax paper to cool. Break into pieces with mullet if needed.
3
Just before serving toss lettuce with amt of dressing desired. Then add cranberrys, nuts & cheese and toss again. Serve immediately.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Lettuce Salads
Other Tag: Quick & Easy