Sunday, February 7, 2010

Craisin Spinach Salad

Craisin Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
I found this recipe a few years ago on the back of the Ocean Spray Craisin package but i haven't been able to find it since. It pairs well with ham and turkey, great for holiday meals. I have included guesses on the measurements of the salad ingredients but it is really up to you how much of each is used.

one bunch of spinach washed and cleaned
one package ocean spray craisin or dried cherries
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3/4 cup sliced almonds toasted
1/2 purple onion sliced
orange zest to top (optional)

Orange Vinaigrette
follow the 3:1 ratio

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp orange juice concentrate (or 2 clementines squeezed, include some of the pulp in the vinaigrette)

Wash and dry spinach. Toss together all the salad ingredients except the almonds. In a nonstick pan over medium heat melt a tablespoon of butter. Brown the almonds. Put in a separate container and save until serving.

In a jar combine all the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Shake well. Set aside until serving.

Right before serving add the almonds and dressing. Toss and serve.

notes: This salad can be made the night before to save time on meal prep. Keep the almonds separate to keep them from getting soggy. Toss everything together in a large bowl prior to serving. Refrigerate if making the night before.

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