Winter Spinach Salad Recipe

Roasted French Onion Soup and Spinach Salad

I guess this really doesn't have to be a winter recipe, but the ingredients are mainly in season in the winter.

I was looking for a salad recipe to go with my French Onion Soup knowing that I needed some color balance. I really don't know how I actually came up with the recipe. I had been just reading some cookbooks. Maybe the variety and creativity sparked something in me. Anyway, I loved it. It was a perfect mixture of sharp cheese, salty walnuts, sweet cranberries, and bitter spinach. Paul really liked it. He asked for seconds. . .the same size as the original plate.

And then I promptly took the ingredients over to my parents on Sunday to serve the salad with pizza.

Recipe for Winter Spinach Salad

  • 2 packed cups baby leaf spinach
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/8 cup Pecorino-Romano cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • Dash or two of white balsamic vinegar per salad
  • Essence of olive oil

In a small skillet, combine oil, walnuts, and seasoned salt. Toast on medium heat, stirring regularly. Let cool.

Layer spinach, walnuts, cranberries, and cheese on a salad plate.

White balsamic served well on the salad, but Paul preferred Ranch dressing. You may want to leave options.

Eating Vegetarian: 


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