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Almond Spinach Salad Recipe

Almond Spinach Salad

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"The crunch of candied California Almonds is combined with goat cheese, baby spinach and a tangy vinaigrette to make this fresh-tasting salad."

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  1. For vinaigrette, stir together mustard, garlic, sugar, lemon juice and vinegar in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil until mixture is smooth and glossy.
  2. For candied almonds, preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place a sheet of well-oiled foil on countertop. Place sugar in a very clean medium saucepan and cover with 2 tablespoons water and lemon juice. Place almonds on a baking sheet and place in oven. Bring sugar and water to a boil, and boil until sugar turns deep golden brown, swirling occasionally to ensure even color. Stir in warm almonds, and immediately spread coated almonds onto prepared foil. (Take care not to touch them--caramelized sugar is extremely hot.) Cool completely, then chop roughly or break into small pieces.
  3. To assemble salad, place spinach, candied almonds, cranberries and goat cheese in a large bowl. Toss lightly with dressing and serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 14, 2008

Delicious light salad. A perfect balance between sweet toasted almonds and tangy vinagerette. This has become a favorite!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 28, 2009

Sorry to be the one to complain but I thought the dressing was much to strong'... not what I wanted. Will not make again.

Mar 30, 2009

Very good. I made the salad for friends - I'm not sure what they had more of spinach or the dressing. Its a nice change of pace from store bought dressing

Jun 25, 2009

Nice balance of sweet and tangy. Everyone loved the dressing.

Oct 06, 2009

I used store purchased sugared almonds. Just as good I'm sure.

Sep 28, 2009

I made this with regular sliced almonds, not candied, because I was in a time crunch. It was still delicious! The vinaigrette dressing definitely makes this recipe. I also substituted apple cider vinegar and brown sugar for white vinegar and sugar.

Mar 10, 2009

The toasted almonds is what really makes this salad good.

Apr 22, 2011

Yum! I can't wait to have it again. I didn't candy the almonds because I don't like candied nuts and it was still perfect. Dressing was delicious and counterbalanced the sweetness of the cranberries.


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  • Calories
  • 669 kcal
  • 33%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.2 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 50.1 g
  • 77%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 12.8 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 268 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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