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I guess it’s time for something a little healthier….I have so many recipes that I need to blog about. The desserts are more exciting to me, but I do want to share all of my cooking adventures.

I have been saving and printing recipes for years now. In fact, a few months back, I decided to get my recipes a little more organized, so I started with all of the recipes that were printed off of websites or emails that I have collected over the years. They are now all organized in binders – 3 of them that are 2 to 3 inches thick each. Ummm, I think I may get carried away when I collect recipes – even if I were to make one of those recipes a day for the rest of my life, I don’t know if I would get through all of them! (Add that to the cookbooks, the 438 recipes I have bookmarked on my del.icio.us page, and the other grocery bag full of recipes cut out of magazines and from the back of packages…you get my point!)

I was craving a salad one day, so I randomly picked one of my recipes from the “salad” section of my printed recipes. This is the one I chose. I rarely think you can go wrong with a salad. Filled with tons of veggies, and I usually like to add some sort of protein, I can usually eat a large bowl and not feel guilty about it. This was a great salad, although I would make a couple of changes the next time around.

The salad calls for baby spinach, and I did a mixture of baby spinach and baby greens. I also substituted pecans for walnuts. I almost forgot the blue cheese, but remembered right as I started eating and added it to the salad. (I had already taken the picture, so no cheese in the picture!) I also added some chicken. I had an avocado, but I wished afterwards that I wouldn’t have used it, mainly because it wasn’t quite ripe enough yet, and didn’t have much flavor to it. The dressing is a simple raspberry vinaigrette. It calls for walnut oil, and since I didn’t have any walnut oil, I substituted something else, but I can’t remember what it was – probably olive oil. The dressing wasn’t any spectacular, but it complimented the salad nicely.

A successful dinner – I cleared my plate!!

Harvest Salad
 
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A spinach salad with cranberries and blue cheese is served with a raspberry vinaigrette.
Serves: 2 servings, or 4 servings as a side salad
Ingredients
Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup oil (walnut, olive or vegetable works)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Salad
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups spinach, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups baby greens
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
Instructions
Make the dressing:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the jam and vinegar. Slowly whisk in the oil until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Make the salad:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Arrange the pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast until they start to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the pecans, spinach, greens, chicken, cranberries, blue cheese, tomatoes, avocado and red onion. Serve with the dressing.
Notes
adapted from allrecipes
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6 Responses to Harvest Salad

  1. Kelly-Jane says:

    This salad looks great, I really like the raspberry jam in the dressing, yum!

    You’ve been cooking up a storm since I went on holiday, I really like the colour of your pink cookies :)

  2. Elle says:

    What a grea sounding salad…espcially the dressing. Think I’ll whip that up for a salad this weekend.

  3. Karen says:

    I love the look of this salad – and I might have to pull out a jar of raspberry jam just to try it!

  4. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Yum! I just love salads! I think I shall have one tonight!

    I am like you, I have so many recipes that I could never try them all! But they are an inspiration!

  5. Ellie says:

    Looks marvellous…except that I just don’t know where I’d get dried cranberries here :( Cranberries themselves are difficult to find, and I’ve only ever seen them in frozen packets of mixed berries :(

  6. Archana says:

    So delicious, I would love for you to send this salad to the ONE DISH MEAL- Salad event that I am hosting. The rules for which are in my website, but it perfectly fits the rules. :)

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