Spinach salad with blue cheese, walnuts, and dried cranberries. If you can't find walnut oil, olive oil may be substituted.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Arrange walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in oven for 5 minutes, or until nuts begin to brown.

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  • In a large bowl, toss together the spinach, walnuts, cranberries, blue cheese, tomatoes, avocado, and red onion.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together jam, vinegar, walnut oil, pepper, and salt. Pour over the salad just before serving, and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; protein 6.7g 13% DV; carbohydrates 22.1g 7% DV; fat 27.1g 42% DV; cholesterol 8.4mg 3% DV; sodium 206.7mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
I substituted olive oil for the walnut oil-tasted great. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/05/2003
Oh my what a salad. I could make a meal of this salad has all of my favorite things. Next time I may add some diced chicken and serve it as a main dish salad. Thank you so much for this salad!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
I substituted olive oil for the walnut oil-tasted great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Nice salad! Although the description mentioned walnuts, they were not listed in the ingredients section nor the directions section, so you may want to write them in when you print out the recipe. To save time, you could substitute bottled Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing for the dressing listed here. They don't taste exactly the same, but close enough and certainly a time-saver for busy cooks. Very attractive salad! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2012
Oh my! This is one fabulous salad! Not only is it pretty to look at, but it's chock full of wonderful flavors and textures. I added a little cooked crumbled bacon and for the dressing I subbed olive oil for the walnut oil. This was a nice mix of sweet and salty! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/04/2003
Oh my what a salad. I could make a meal of this salad has all of my favorite things. Next time I may add some diced chicken and serve it as a main dish salad. Thank you so much for this salad!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2002
This is a very good salad. I like it because you can change ingredients around. I use apples instead of cranberries. I would also use rasp. jam WITHOUT the seeds. They get in the way when your eating. If the dressing seems to thick you can add more vinegar. I also switch the vinegar and oil depending on what is in my cupboard. I use a mix of sesame and olive oil, and regular vinegar if you are in a rush. Bleu Cheese is not very kid friendly, but I do serve with Carmelized walnuts. I have made this recipe at least 10 x now. Two Thumbs Up! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2008
I made this salad for a potluck style dinner party and it was a hit! The only changes I made from the recipe was that I used mixed greens - with some nice bitter leaves (argula) - to contrast with the sweeter dressing. I didn't use dried cranberries and I prefer shallot to red onion. A favorite in regular rotation now! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2008
I recently made this salad for a work potluck and it was a huge hit! The blue cheese I used was quite strong, which gave it quite a kick. However, after being refrigerated for a couple of hours after it was tossed together it became quite overpowering. I would suggest using a milder blue cheese, or only tossing it together when you know it will be eaten right away. Thank you for this excellent recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2007
This is one terrific salad! I love the home-made dressing, I did sub balsamic for the red wine vinegar and used veg oil. Only thing, I really don't care for the tomatoes with the craisins, so I left the fruit out this time. I also used toasted pine nuts in place of walnuts. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2002
Wonderful! Didn't have time to brown the walnuts so used raw. I suggest waiting until moments before serving to toss with vinaigrette, otherwise spinach gets that heavy, wilted look. The bleu cheese and cranberries are an excellent combination. The gang loved this. Thanks! Read More
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