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Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad

Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad

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

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20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time


Caramelized Almonds

1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter

1/2 cup slivered almonds

3 tablespoons sugar


3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled blue cheese

2 medium (3 cups) pears, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 (6-ounce) bag fresh baby spinach leaves 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 (1 serving)

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