Spinach and Cranberry Salad

    Spinach and Cranberry Salad

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    This salad is so different and also very easy to make. You find everyone asking for the recipe, it's that good!

    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 20g butter
    • 3/4 cup (90g) whole almonds, blanched and cut into slivers
    • 500g spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
    • 1 cup dried cranberries
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
    • 3 teaspoons poppy seeds
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 2 teaspoons very finely chopped onion
    • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

    Directions
    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook and stir almonds in butter until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and let cool.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the spinach with the toasted almonds and cranberries.
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, onion, paprika, white wine vinegar, cider vinegar and vegetable oil. Toss with spinach just before serving.
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    When I saw this recipe's ingredients, I wondered what the fuss was about. Today, as I eat yesterday's wilted leftovers from a Tupperware container at 9am in the morning, I thought I'd write a review! I make this salad all the time now. I use spinach and other greens. I use toasted (10 minutes in 350 oven - no butter) pine nuts now insead of the almonds and will never go back - they are perfect for this salad. I add one container of blue cheese (a must for us - perfect blend of flavors). I use one 6 oz package Craisins. I've never used the poppy seeds - but the toasted sesame seeds (also at 350 for 10 minutes) are a must. I may or may not use dried minced onion. Toss all dressing ingredients in a container with a lid - and shake! This salad has been a hit with everyone I've served it to - dinner party, Easter lunch, dinner at home. It is so easy and easy to transport, too - just add the dressing once you get to where you're going. Try it - I bet you'll love it!!  -  02 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    1274

    WOW! AWESOME! TIME saver tips: use Paul Newman's balsamic vinagrette instead of making your own dressing. MONEY saving tip: use "Craisins" dried cranberry fruit instead of regular dried cranberries. Use can of mandarin oranges instead of poppy seeds. THIS WAS A HIT!  -  09 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    794

    Wow, fantastic! I used Craisins and only 1/4 cup sugar. I also used light olive oil instead of vegetable and toasted the sesame seeds and almonds in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes to cut out the butter. Added gorganzola cheese and it was gobbled up at a potluck - they pratically licked the bowl! Thanks for the great recipe.  -  07 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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