Spinach Gorgonzola Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A hearty, flavorful salad with a light main dish is one of my favorite ways to eat healthier and this autumn we have been trying a bunch of new salad recipes.  This is one that rose above the rest and got high marks from the pickiest in our family.  We were especially in love with the raspberry dressing and will keep that on our list to try with other salads as well! 

Making this salad is simple as can be.

Just chop the veggies....

Toast the walnuts...

Mix together the dressing (with only a couple of ingredients).  The dressing is actually my favorite part of this salad---it's not too sweet and not too vinegary. 

Throw some Craisins and gorgonzola cheese (or blue cheese) on top...

Mix it all together...

 and put a little drizzle of dressing over the top...

Enjoy a deliciously flavorful salad! 
                                         Click here for printable recipe.

posted by Lara

The ingredients:

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 bag (5-ounces) spinach (I used a bag and a half)
1/2 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
1/3 red onion, thinly sliced

2 Tbs. red raspberry jam
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet;  toast in oven for 5 minutes, or until nuts are browned.  In a large bowl, toss spinach, Craisins, gorgonzola, tomatoes, avocado, and red onion.  In a small bowl, whisk jam, vinegar, oil, pepper, and salt.  Divide salad amongst 6 plates.  Drizzle with dressing and top with roasted walnuts and additional gorgonzola cheese, if desired.

Makes 6 servings. 



teresa October 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM  

i love seeing something so fresh and healthy during the fall.

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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