Monday, November 25, 2013

Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad



For the past few Thanksgiving celebrations, I have made this wonderful spinach salad and just last week, I made in for my book club - who loved it and of course the biggest compliment to a cook - asked for the recipe. It would be a great last minute addition to your Thanksgiving menu preparations. What I love about this salad, is that there is very little prep work involved (no chopping) and who doesn't love the thought of that, when you are cooking up a storm for your Thanksgiving meal. The flavors go really well with either turkey or chicken too.

Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad

Makes 12 servings

1 T Butter

3/4 cup sliced almonds

1 pound spinach, torn in pieces

1 cup dried cranberries

2 T toasted sesame seeds

1 T poppy seeds

1/2 cup sugar

2 tsp minced onions

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1. In a medium sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook and stir almonds in butter until lightly toasted. Let cool. This may be done in advance and you can store almonds in covered container.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, onion, paprika, vinegars and oil. This can also be made in advance and stored in the refridgerator.

3. Toss dressing with spinach, almonds and cranberries just before serving.


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  1. Oh that sounds DElicious:) I am copying this recipe to make for our Thanksgiving dinner! Thanks a bunch and have a blessed week! HUGS!

  2. That sounds really delicious! I don't use butter to toast my almonds...saves a few calories, but you do have to watch the pan so they don't burn! Have a great Thanksgiving.

  3. great recipe - I LOVE cranberries and almonds in my salad!! Have a wonderful week, Vicki!

  4. That sounds delicious. I have all the ingredients, and might make this for my lunch today!

  5. This one is a keeper for me . . . great in potassium too. (The doc just told me I needed more potassium . . .). Thanks Vicki . . .

  6. This sounds delicious! I am pinning it to try :)

  7. I love any variation of a spinach salad!

  8. Haha..should have known it...I have the same recipe for that dressing. Will try with spinach and cranberries. My salad calls for mixed greens, strawberries, and feta and the almonds. Either way...delicious.

  9. Yummy, I love spinach paired with cranberries. Happy Thanksgiving xo, olive

    p.s. can you picture my barn door as a king size head board in a rustic house?

  10. Sounds delicious. I love a good salad. Unfortunately, I will have to pass on this one. I can't have cranberries and sesame seeds anymore :-(

  11. Love cranberries and almonds together. This should be a great salad. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  12. One of my favorites with mandarin oranges


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