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Berry Delightful Spinach Salad Recipe

Berry Delightful Spinach Salad Recipe

A homemade dressing and sugared pecans dress up this fruit-filled green salad. When fresh berries are out of season, try substituting dried fruits. —Bonnie Jost, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2/3 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup olive oil

Directions

  • 1. In a small heavy skillet over medium-low heat, cook sugar until it begins to melt. Gently drag melted sugar to the center of pan so sugar melts evenly. Cook, without stirring, until sugar is dark reddish brown, about 15 minutes.
  • 2. Remove from the heat; stir in pecans. Pour onto a foil-lined baking sheet; cool completely. Break pecans apart if necessary.
  • 3. In a salad bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and blueberries. Place the first six dressing ingredients in a blender; cover and process until pureed. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream.
  • 4. Just before serving, drizzle salad with dressing; toss to coat. Top with sugared pecans. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 350 calories, 29g fat (3g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 167mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein .

Reviews for Berry Delightful Spinach Salad

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MissElphe 178370
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2012

"Overall this recipe was a fail in my house. We much prefer Berry Spinach Salad with Almonds. The dressing is what makes the difference."

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mmpense 118137
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"I made it for a party and my father-in-law and several guests told me several times that they really liked the salad. I did not have the blueberries, and it was still excellent! For Easter I brought my father-in-law a jar full of the salad dressing made with farm fresh strawberries."

MY REVIEW
Elizabeth0085 117876
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"The dressing is really yummy, even though I used only 1/2 cup of olive oil. It was a great spring salad. I will be making it again!"

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loucow 133130
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"I used romaine, spinach & a spring mix for the greens. DIdn't have blueberries so didn't add that. I also sprinkled some feta cheese on salad. It's a keeper."

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cmqualley 133129
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"Very good. I added more strawberries then the recipe called for in the dressing and also decreased the amount of oil in the dressing. I put about 1/2 cup instead of 2/3 of the olive oil. It's delicious!"

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