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Spinach Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette

 Spinach Pear Salad with Chocolate Vinaigrette
Tangy from balsamic and mellowed with chocolate, this light vinaigrette stays well-blended and also would be great over berries or watermelon. —Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce milk chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 large pear, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  • In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Whisk in the
  • vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Divide spinach among four salad plates. Top with pear, cranberries
  • and almonds. Drizzle with dressing. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 215 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 185 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.