Cranberry and Toasted Almond Spinach Salad

Can we just take a minute to admire my adorable polka-dot accent plates?

Okay that's enough. (They were a wedding gift and this was the first time I was able to use them!) I have made this salad several times and it always gets rave reviews. My mother-in-law said it's the best salad she has ever eaten - and that says a lot considering she eats quite a bit of salad! Once again, this can be made a couple hours ahead of time to save time right before the meal. I love this dressing because it's so light and has a perfect flavor for spring. Give it a try - it's too easy not to try!

Cranberry and Toasted Almond Spinach Salad

1 Tbsp. butter
3/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered
2 bags fresh baby spinach
1 cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
2 tsp. minced onion
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook and stir almonds in butter until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and let cool.

In a large bowl, combine the spinach with the cranberries and almonds.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the poppy seeds, sugar, onion, paprika, white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar and vegetable oil. Toss with spinach just before serving. (This will create more dressing than needed for salad.)

Source: All Recipes UK


Joelen said...

I love spinach salads and this looks great!

The Southern Lady said...

Hi there!

I happened across your blog through "The Hyper Homemaker", and am thrilled to have found your blog.

I love spinach salads, but most cafes or restaraunts don't put much imagination into it.

This one looks yummy and simple. Thanks!

Mrs D said...

Glad you found me Southern Lady! :-)

Kara said...

LOVE the plates :)

the happy couple said...

looks so refreshing!