Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad

Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad
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3 Reviews
Caramelized almonds add a sweet nutty crunch to this spinach-pear salad.
20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
6 servings

Ingredients

Caramelized Almonds

1 tablespoon
Land O Lakes® Butter
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
 
*Substitute 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion.

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Place all salad ingredients in large bowl; toss to combine.
  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.

Recipe Tips

- 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
Cholesterol
20mg
Carbohydrates
28g
Protein
7g
Fat
19g
Sodium
250mg
Dietary Fiber
4g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

This is one my husband's favorite salads and when I make it for company, everyone loves it! The dressing really compliments all the flavors in the salad perfectly.

Rating

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.

Rating

easy to prepare, light and delicious.

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