Spinach, Pear and Caramelized Almond Salad
Caramelized almonds add a sweet nutty crunch to this spinach and pear salad.
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1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1 medium (1 1/2 cups) pear, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 (5-ounce) package fresh baby spinach leaves or mixed salad greens
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
How to make
Melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add almonds and 1 tablespoon sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 3-4 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 parchment paper; cool completely. Break clusters of nuts into pieces.
Place all salad ingredients into 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.
Double the caramelized almond recipe so you have leftovers to sprinkle on ice cream, toss with granola or enjoy as-is for snacking.
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