Spinach, sweet cranberries, apples, roasted pecans and a creamy gorgonzola!! This all melts in your mouth, with yummy crunchiness!! This salad is one of my favorite salads to make, it is quick, easy, and full of flavors! I don’t get too fancy with the salad dressing, as i only use olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Chitta, a dear friend of mine, makes this salad frequently for her husband Swarup, who has a soft food diet (excluding the nuts) and loves to use raspberry dressing for this type of salad, so you can also experiment with berry dressings.
Cranberry Pecan Spinach Salad
1 Tb of butter
3/4 cup of pecans (or almonds, walnuts…)
1 pound spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
3/4 cup of cranberries
1 medium apple sliced in quarters
salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and add pecans stirring until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and let cool in a plate. In a large bowl, combine the spinach with the toasted pecans, apples and cranberries. Serve it on a plate and add the gorgonzola cheese on top and drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Personally i don’t really like too much balsamic so i only drizzle maybe like 4 drops, just for taste. Finally crack some fresh pepper on it and salt it. Enjoy!!!