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Frosted Cranberry Spinach Salad

with candied walnuts, fresh raspberries, goat cheese and cranberry raspberry vinaigrette

Frosted Cranberry Spinach Salad with candied walnuts, goat cheese & cranberry raspberry vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cranberry #raspberry #holiday #salad #recipe

I have found the perfect salad to grace your holiday table. Frost the cranberries and tumble them on a bed of spinach with some raspberries, candied walnuts, creamy goat cheese and then drizzle with a lively cranberry raspberry vinaigrette.

The frosted cranberries have been a little thing I have wanted to make for sooo long, ever since I first saw them over at ChinDeep. (I’m sending you over there for the frosted cranberry recipe … if you haven’t met Melissa, you’ll seriously love everything she does! She’ll take good care of you.)

Anyway, I finally took the time to make the frosted cranberries and you know what? They are really quite simple … the only thing is that you do need to plan ahead a bit because they need to soak in the syrup for 8 hours or so.

If you don’t want to take time to make the frosted cranberries, I think dried cranberries would work just as well in this salad. The key is the combination of cranberry, raspberry, creamy goat cheese and crunchy walnuts — and of course, the lovely red drizzle of dressing on top.

Frosted Cranberry Spinach Salad with Raspberries, Candied Walnuts & Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 1 pint of dressing

Frosted Cranberry Spinach Salad with Raspberries, Candied Walnuts & Goat Cheese

Ingredients

    For the cranberry raspberry vinaigrette:
  • 1 2/3 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 3/8 cup real maple syrup + 2 Tablespoons rosemary simple syrup OR 1/2 cup maple syrup + a sprig or two of fresh rosemary, chopped fine
  • 3/8 cup red wine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH: ground cinnamon, cloves, allspice and ginger
  • A pinch of cayenne or chipotle pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • For the salad:
  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Frosted cranberries (recipe here)
  • Candied walnuts (recipe here)
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Goat cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, bring the berries, maple syrup and red wine to a boil with a cinnamon stick. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the berries have broken down and the mixture has thickened.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove the cinnamon stick, then put the berry mixture along with the rest of the dressing ingredients in a mini food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. To make the salad, make a bed of spinach, then sprinkle on frosted cranberries, candied walnuts and fresh raspberries. Top with goat cheese crumbles, then drizzle with the dressing and enjoy!

Notes

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Frosted Cranberry Spinach Salad with candied walnuts, goat cheese & cranberry raspberry vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cranberry #raspberry #holiday #salad #recipe

This recipe was shared at Foodie Friends Friday.

 

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