Monday, November 23, 2009

Spinach Salad with Nuts, Crans, & Apples

This is a great salad to make this time of year, apples are at their peak and it looks festive in fall colors of green, red, and cranberry. It's easy with minimal chopping, therefore great to prep before hand and bring along to large gatherings (it's what I am taking to Thanksgiving Dinner!). **You can also substitute the spinach for romaine if you prefer.

candied pecans (or walnuts)
apples chopped
goat cheese (or feta if you prefer)
balsamic dressing (use fresh garlic, it's wonderful!!!)

Wash and spin your spinach and refrigerate until ready to eat. Candy your nuts with this recipe, the cinnamon in it gives the salad a wonderful flavor! Chop your nuts and store them in a ziplock until serving. You can prepare this salad ahead of time and then put it all together right before you eat. At the last minute, chop you apples, throw in your cheese & nuts, and pour on the dressing. Toss and serve.

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