Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Meet My New Salad Best Friend

Monday night was cooking club, and we're still working our way through At the Table with Patty Roper. So far, we've all been really pleased with the various dishes we've tried. Nancy over at Casual Cuisine brought the salad this month, and oh. my. gosh. It was goooood. I think she'll post it (hopefully with a pretty picture), but I wanted to share it also. I'll be making it again tomorrow. The key ingredient that brought it all together was cinnamon. Very unexpected, but oh so good.

Spinach and Pecan Salad
adapted from At the Table with Patty Roper

1 cup pecans
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Spinach
2 apples, sliced
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Dressing:
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Stir together pecans, brown sugar, butter and cinnaomn. Spread the nut mixture on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring often. Cool and break apart; set aside.

For the dressing, mix all ingredients well. Place spinach and apple slices on each plate (or in big bowl). Drizzle with dressing and top with pecans.

1 comment:

Nancy said...

I typed it up yesterday and it's set to be published tomorrow! It's a tasty salad!!