Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Winter Wilted Spinach Salad With Cranberry Balsamic Dressing

This rich and flavorful salad features fresh spinach and red onions drizzled with a warm, sweet, cranberry balsamic dressing, and sprinkled with dried cranberries and crunchy pecans. Perfect for a dinner party or even a holiday.


1 small red onion, vertically sliced
8-9 cups baby spinach leaves, washed and patted dry
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Pinch of salt
black pepper, freshly ground

For The Dressing:

1 can jellied cranberry sauce
1/2 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette dressing
1 tbs orange juice

Preparation Instructions:

Quarter and thinly slice the red onion. Place the slices in cold water and allow to soak for 30 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Place the soaked onion slices, spinach, pecans, cranberries,in a large mixing bowl. Toss together with a large pinch of salt. In a saucepan, heat the cranberry sauce orange juice and balsamic dressing on high heat until the cranberry sauce has melted. Pour the dressing over the salad in the bowl, tossing well as you do. Taste and correct the seasoning with salt, and pepper. Serve on a platter and sprinkle with pecans.

Tossing this salad with the hot dressing causes it to wilt just enough to soften and bring out a bright green color in the spinach.


  1. That looks so good...and healthy...Thanks...And Happy New Year!

  2. I really love your recipes. This elegant and healthy. You seem so thoughtful with you cooking. I appreciate it.

  3. @ Deana thanks and same to you!
    @ Missy thank you very much!

  4. WOW, this dressing sounds amazing!

  5. Thank you Tiffany. It is really good you have to try it :)