Wednesday, April 17th, 2013...6:20 pm

Spinach Salad with Red Onion Dressing

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My extended family gets together for a potluck dinner every month. We have a tradition of great cooking that goes way back, so there are always lots of super yummy dishes. My nephews wife always makes something delicious including this salad that has come to be a family favorite. I have modified the dressing a little bit, and lately I have been on a binge, eating this salad, or just the dressing and spinach every day for lunch. Sometimes I just make this dressing and keep it in the refrigerator instead of tossing it with the spinach. This is super easy to make!

Red Onion Dressing

1/4 of a red onion

1 tsp. dijon mustard

3 tbsp. canola oil

3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1/4 tsp. salt

3 tbsp. sucanat

1/2 c. raw almonds

1/2 c. dried cranberries

Put onion in a food processor and puree. Add the rest of the ingredients, EXCEPT the almonds and cranberries, and puree . Put into a container, but don’t scrape the bowl clear leaving a little dressing in the bowl.ow¬† Now add the almonds and dried cranberries and pulse a few times. I dump the nuts and cranberries into a small cast iron skillet on low heat and stir to carmelize them. This takes about 5-10 minutes. Then turn off the heat and let them cool. Now you can prepare the rest of the salad.

Spinach Salad

8-10 c. spinach, washed and dried

Choose two or more of the following fruits (at least one cup each) to chop and add to the spinach:

strawberries, mangoes, pears, apples ( you could get creative here and add whatever fruit sounds good)

my favorites are strawberries and mangoes

Toss together the spinach, fruit, cooled nuts and cranberries, and dressing. Server right away!



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