Christmas Chopped Spinach Salad

Christmas Chopped Spinach Salad - Hot and tasty - A kitchen workhorse and the foundation of many party Appetizers, Hors d'oeuvre, and Snacks
Rated 4.7 / 5 based on 11 reviews

Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 35 min
Yield: 8 Serving

Nutrition Facts:
240 calories
9 grams fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup ruby port (or apple juice)

For the dressing

Zest from 2 medium navel oranges

Juice from those 2 oranges after the sections have been removed

1-1/2 tablespoons champagne vinegar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey

3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the salad

1 bunch Spinach, washed, trimmed and chopped

Orange sections left over from dressing

1 cup of 1/2-inch cubed jicama

1/2 cup toasted, chopped walnuts

1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

Directions

Stir the cranberries and port together in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring just to a boil and turn off the heat. Steep the cranberries while you make the dressing.

After zesting and removing the sections from the oranges, squeeze the juice from the pulp into a small bowl. Whisk in the vinegar, mint, agave nectar (or honey), cardamom, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil. Set aside while you prepare the salad.

Place the chopped spinach in a large salad bowl. Cut the orange sections into bite size pieces and add to the kale. Add the jicama and walnuts. Drain the steeped cranberries and add them to the salad bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss.

Divide salad between six salad plates. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and serve.

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Latest Reviews

"This sauce does not need another 5 star review....but it's so good, I needed to talk about it. I have made a lot of sauces (thick thin, fresh tomatoes, canned,etc...) -some are good and some blah. But this sauce is not just GOOD, it's GREAT. Perfect pizza flavor. It reminds me of NY pizza ... " - born-to-cook

"This recipe is excellent. Any kind of roast works well. I did try to reduce the salt by adding 1/2 package of ranch dressing, but I found the majority of salt was coming from the Italian dressing. So I added full package of ranch and brown gravy and 1/2 package of italian dressing and it was ... " - kelly knowles

"I made this for New Year's Eve. Followed the recipe exactly & it came out just like the photo-but I was a bit disappointed with it. Some guests enjoyed it, some I think didn't as they didn't go back for seconds. Husband commented yuck. I wasn't a big fan either, would rate it as just okay, not worth the effort. I'll be going back to the normal cob loaf dips, much prefer those. Won't make this again." - sherri3802

"It was good, but nothing outstanding about it. I made it without tweaks other than the addition of red wine. Not sure what everyone was going on about the saltiness or need to cut back on the dressing mixes... I followed the recipe & didn't find it to be salty at all -or overly flavorful for that ... " - mike r.

"This salad has lots of spinach, lots of fresh, sliced strawberries, and a delicious, sweetened oil and..." - cookie

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