Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad
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Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad

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

6
servings
20 min
PREP TIME
30 min
TOTAL TIME

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.

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, 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. STEP 2

    Place all salad ingredients in 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

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

Tip #2

- 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.

Tip #3

- 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

300Calories
19Fat (mg)
20Cholesterol (mg)
250Sodium (mg)
28Carbohydrates (g)
4Dietary Fiber
7Protein (g)

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  September 22, 2014

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.

— says Carol
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  March 29, 2013

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.

— says Fiona
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