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Spinach, Pear & Almond Salad recipe

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

  • Melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling;add almonds and 4 tablespoons sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirringconstantly, until sugar melts and nuts are golden brown (4 to5 minutes). (Watch closely to prevent burning.) Remove from heat;stir in remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
  • Quickly spread onto waxed paper; coolcompletely. Break clusters of nuts into pieces.
  • Place all salad ingredients in large bowl;toss to combine.
  • Combine all dressing ingredients in smallbowl with wire whisk until well blended.
  • Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat.Sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately.

    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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