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Healthy Spring Salad Recipe

Nuts-about-berries-saladThe blustery conditions of snow and cold sometimes cause us to reach for calorie laden comfort foods (who can resist!).  However, now that winter is on its way out and spring is upon us, it’s time to re-focus our efforts towards eating healthier.  Enjoy the recipe below for “Nuts About Berries Salad”.

Ingredients

  • Fresh spinach
  • Fresh strawberries (cut)
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Fresh raspberries

Cinnamon sugared almonds:

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 TB sugar
  • 2 TB brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Poppyseed dressing:

  • 11/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp poppyseed

Instructions

  1. Wash your salad and berries and set aside.
  2. Almonds:
  3. In a small frying pan, combine your almonds and sugar. Cook on medium/low heat and watch closely. Keep stirring as the sugar begins to melt, to keep it from burning. Once sugar has coated the nuts, sprinkle with cinnamon and remove from heat and place on foil to cool.
  4. Dressing:
  5. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or mason jar and mix until combined. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Shake just before serving.
  6. For the salad, layer the spinach, berries and nuts and top with dressing.