Caramelized almonds add a sweet nutty crunchto this spinach-pear salad.
Recipe: Spinach, Pear &Almond Salad
Caramelized Almonds Ingredients:2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 cup slivered almonds
6 tablespoons sugarSalad Ingredients:3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
2 pears (3 cups), cut into bite-sized pieces
1 (6-ounce) package pre-washed baby spinach or mixed lettucegreensDressing Ingredients:1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot*
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/8 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
Makes 6 servings.
*Substitute 1 tablespoon finely choppedgreen onion.
Tip: Instead of caramelizing the almonds,try toasting them. To toast almonds, place onto ungreased bakingsheet. Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven, stirring halfway through,for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
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