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spinach salad with cranberries and walnuts

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Recipe by
kim *
Boston, MA

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 For spinach salad with cranberries and walnuts

  • 1 lg
    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.
  • 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
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3/4 c
    vegetable oil

How To Make spinach salad with cranberries and walnuts

  • 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.

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