Thursday, January 7, 2010

Salads are great in the winter!

I don't know about you but there is nothing more enjoyable than eating a fresh salad on a very cold winter day. Soups are wonderful most of the time, but tasting a fresh raspberry and crispy spinach is so heavenly. My husband and I ate dinner at Kneaders the other night and I ordered a salad a friend had recommended. So as it goes I asked for an extra dressing so I could recreate it! Let's just say, we did a pretty good job!

If you enjoy raspberries and spinach, this salad is for you. The other part of the salad that was so enjoyable was that I decided to BBQ the chicken. It's a must! All the flavors together really make you think it's sunny and warm outside. Here's to a little bit of summer in the winter!

Raspberry Spinach Salad Recipe:

1 6 oz. bag spinach
3 chicken breasts, seasoned with Montreal Steak seasoning, cooked on the BBQ
1/2 c. croutons
1 pkg. raspberries, fresh
1/2 c. candied pecans
1 pkg. feta cheese (As I type the recipe I totally forgot this was on the salad!! It could have been even better...there's always lunch tomorrow!)
1 medium red onion, sliced (Optional)

Dressing: (Remember I just made it up so you might have to play around with it a little)

1/2 c. raspberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 c. raspberry jam
1/4 c. blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2-3/4 c. granulated sugar (depending how sweet you like it)
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar (*I just played around with the flavor, but I'm sure it would be fine if you just picked one vinegar)
1/4 c. white vinegar
1/4 c. vegetable oil, pour in slowly to emulsify
1 garlic clove
1 tsp salt

Mix all together in a blender. Add a little more sugar or fruit to make sweeter...the dressing is meant to have a tangy flavor.
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Diana, California Rep


Judi said...

That looks amazing! I love spinach and raspberries, so I am sure it is so good! Thanks for the recipe.

Brenda said...

Looks Delish! Making that for dinner tonight.

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