Tender greens, juicy pears, crimson cranberries and toasted hazelnuts make a festive salad to start all those special holiday meals. Be sure to soak the onions in water as directed—it takes away the unpleasant raw onion taste.
Recipe adapted from The New Thanksgiving Table by Diane Morgan
Baby Spinach Salad With Pears, Red Onions, Cranberries, and Toasted Hazelnuts Recipe
For the Dressing:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
2 teaspoons sugar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the Salad:
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions
1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries
8 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves, stemmed if needed
2 firm but ripe pears (do not peel), quartered lengthwise, cored and cut into long, thin slices
2/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
To make the dressing, in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and sugar. Cover tightly and shake to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Place the onions in a medium bowl and cover with water. Let stand for 30 minutes. Drain well and pat dry on paper towels.
To assemble the salad, place the spinach, onions, and pears in a large bowl. Give the dressing a last-minute shake and pour, little by little, over the salad until greens are adequately dressed. Toss to coat evenly, then taste and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper. Arrange the salad in a large serving bowl and scatter the cranberries and hazelnuts over the top. Serve immediately.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 27g||35%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||16%|
|Total Carbohydrate 30g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||18%|
|Total Sugars 21g|
|Vitamin C 15mg||77%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|