Serves 2-4 (or one really large salad/meal)
Combine first four ingredients in a medium to large bowl.
Combine olive oil and lemon in a separate small bowl until blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour olive oil mixture over spinach combination and toss until well coated. Serve.
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I was walking through Whole Foods and this was their taste demonstration in the produce department. I immediately bought the ingredients I needed, and made it that night to go with our dinner. It was easy and I have never sweetened walnuts like this. I learned something new! Yum!
With your well stocked panty and fridge, you may not even need to make a special trip for this recipe. Use what you got!
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Drizzle 2 T of the honey over the walnuts and mix to coat evenly. Arrange walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake in the preheated oven for 7-8 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, blend together the remaining honey with the lemon juice and sea salt. Slice pears into the 1/4” slices and place them in a bowl. Pour the lemon honey mixture over the pears and allow them to sit for a couple of minutes before pouring it over the greens.
Add cranberries and walnuts and toss together until well mixed.
Of course, I didn’t follow the recipe, because that is what I do. Because I enjoy greens and my husband does not enjoy the “sweet” ingredients in his salads, I made the bulk of this salad with the arugula and spinach, I used only 1 pear cut up in pieces- not 6, and sprinkled in the other ingredients to taste. What is important here is to note the simplicity of the salad dressing, and that a healthy salad dressing is easy to make. Parmesan cheese slivers would be great on this as well as blue cheese. Make the portions bigger and serve with your choice of protein; salmon, chicken or steak.
If you are a fan of traditional Greek Salad and you are not sure if you like quinoa or have never tried it; this will make you a quinoa-a-holic!
Step 1 | Dressing:
Whisk dressing ingredients together.
Let sit at room temperature while you prepare the salad.
Step 2 | Quinoa:
Rinse quinoa in a strainer until the water runs clear. Combine quinoa, 2 cups water, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
Transfer quinoa to a bowl and fluff with a fork and let sit for five minutes to cool slightly
Step 3 | Add all these ingredients:
Step 4 | Feta for sprinkling
Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours before serving. The longer it sits, the better the flavor. Just before serving, transfer to a platter and sprinkle feta on top.
Variations: What is in your refrigerator? The first time I made this recipe I used carrots, diced pepperoncinis, tomatoes, cucumbers, some kalamata olives and sprinkled it with Feta. Yum! His dressing is so delicious that you can add any of your salad favorites. Be creative!
Toss spinach and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl. Slice avocado and salmon over salad. Mix/whisk the salad dressing ingredients together and pour over salad and gently toss. Makes 2 dinner portions or 6 side portions.
I like to toss dressing and spinach then allow guests/family to add their own amounts of seeds, avocados and salmon on top.
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