Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad

Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad

Caramelized almonds add a sweet nutty crunch to this spinach-pear salad.

20 min.prep time 30 min.total time
6 servings
2 Ratings

Ingredients

Caramelized Almonds

1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 tablespoons sugar

Salad

3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
2 medium (3 cups) pears, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 (6-ounce) package pre-washed baby spinach or mixed lettuce greens

Salad Dressing

1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot*
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/8 teaspoon coarse ground pepper

Directions

Melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add almonds and 1 tablespoon sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 4-5 minutes or until sugar melts and nuts are golden brown. (Watch closely to prevent burning.) Remove from heat; stir in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Quickly spread onto waxed paper; cool completely. Break clusters of nuts into pieces.

Place all salad ingredients in large bowl; toss to combine.

Combine all salad dressing ingredients in small bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately.

 

*Substitute 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion.

Recipe Tip

- Almonds brown quickly even after cooking if left in warm skillet. Therefore, it is important to cool them immediately on waxed paper.

- Instead of caramelizing the almonds, try toasting them. To toast almonds, spread evenly in shallow baking pan. Bake at 350ºF., stirring once, 5-7 minutes or until light areas of almonds begin to brown.

- For a time-saving method, substitute your favorite prepared salad dressing. Instead of caramelizing the almonds, try toasting them. To toast almonds, place onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake in 325°F. oven, stirring halfway through, 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 300

Fat: 19g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 250mg

Carbohydrates: 28g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Protein: 7g

Recipe #12567©2003Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I made this for a potluck at work. Everyone loved it. One person even asked for the recipe. About to make it for Easter lunch too.
easy to prepare, light and delicious.

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