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Spinach, Pear and Caramelized Almond Salad
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Caramelized Almonds

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

Salad Dressing

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot  

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/8 teaspoon coarse ground pepper

 *Substitute 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    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.

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 3

    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.

Tip #1

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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