Cooking Tools My Recipe Box My Pantry My Shopping List KitchenSync Find Recipes
Recipe Categories Appetizers Beverages Breads Breakfast Cookies Desserts Entrees For Baby Holiday Recipes Espresso Recipes Newlyweds Pasta Pastry Salad Sauces and Dressings Sides Soups Spice Mixes
If you want a heartier salad, add sliced apples or pears.
Spinach Salad with Caramelized Walnuts and Cranberry Orange Vinaigrette
1/2 cup walnut halves
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch cayenne
1 teaspoon walnut oil (or butter)
2 strips (2 x 1/2-inch) orange zest, bitter white pith removed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2/3 cup walnut oil
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
2 tablespoons cranberry sauce (whole berry)
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 pound baby spinach, washed and dried
In a 10-inch Cuisinart® skillet, cook the walnuts, brown sugar, salt, cayenne and 1 teaspoon of walnut oil over medium-high heat. Cook until the sugar caramelizes and coats the nuts, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to separate the nuts. Transfer to a baking sheet covered with waxed paper to cool. (Note: Caramelized nuts will keep in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for several days.)
Place the orange zest and salt in the work bowl of the Cuisinart® MiniPrep Plus. Pulse using Chop to chop the zest, the process continuously until it is finely chopped. Add the walnut oil, vinegar, cranberry sauce, and mustard. Process until emulsified, about 10 - 15 seconds. Allow vinaigrette to stand for 10 minutes for flavors to blend.
Place the spinach in a large bowl. Drizzle with half the dressing (about 1/2 cup or to taste) and toss to coat. Refrigerate remaining vinaigrette for another salad. Garnish with the caramelized walnuts.

Servings: Makes 8 servings

Nutritional information per serving

calories 153 (70% from fat) • carb. 9g • pro. 3g • fat 13g • sat. fat 1g • chol. 0mg • sod. 185mg • calc. 40mg • fiber 3g

Get Cooking! Recipe Contest

Think your recipe has what it takes to win? Let the Cuisinart culinary community be the judge. Enter our Get Cooking! contest and win a "Wake-up Those Taste Buds" Kitchen Collection!

Recipe Box, Pantry & Shopping List

Create a list based on all the ingredients you will need for your favorite recipes. Add ingredients, search recipes and manage your Shopping list. Its convenient, fun and so easy to use!