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Spinach, Pear, Dried Cranberry and Maple Glazed Walnut Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Salad
Anolon

With all the heavy winter dishes this season, sometimes you need a little bit of a break. This spinach salad is the perfect solution. The maple glazed walnuts and the warm bacon vinaigrette make this a special salad, perfect for company or just an evening in from the bitter cold outside.

By Anolon® Gourmet Cookware

4
Servings
586
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

Glazed Walnuts

  • 2 Cups walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon kosher salt

Vinaigrette

  • 4 pieces thick-cut bacon, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium sized shallots, minced
  • 1 medium sized garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Salad

  • 1 Pound baby spinach greens
  • 2 medium sized pears, cored and sliced thin
  • 1/2 Cup dried cranberries

Directions

Glazed Walnuts

Vinaigrette

Salad

1. Make the glazed walnuts by placing the walnuts, maple syrup, salt and cinnamon in a large skillet and cooking over medium high heat until the maple syrup has reduced and nuts are coated and sticky, about 3 to 5 minutes. Pour the walnuts onto a baking sheet and spread apart (careful, it’s hot!) into a single layer. Let cool.

2. Make the vinaigrette by cooking the bacon in a medium sized Anolon® Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel skillet until crisp and the fat has rendered. Remove the bacon from the pan to a plate lined with paper towels. Leave the fat in the pan and add the olive oil, shallots, garlic and brown sugar to the pan and cook for 1 minutes over low heat, stirring frequently. Pour into a measuring cup or small bowl and stir in the balsamic vinegar. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Assemble the salad by placing the spinach greens, pear slices, dried cranberries in the Anolon® salad bowl. Sprinkle the glazed walnuts on top and the crisp bacon. Drizzle and toss with the warm vinaigrette and serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
35g
54%
Sugar
46g
N/A
Saturated Fat
7g
34%
Cholesterol
19mg
6%
Protein
11g
21%
Carbs
64g
21%
Vitamin A
536µg
60%
Vitamin B12
0.1µg
2.4%
Vitamin B6
0.6mg
28.1%
Vitamin C
38mg
63%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
5mg
24%
Vitamin K
561µg
100%
Calcium
204mg
20%
Fiber
8g
30%
Folate (food)
252µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
252µg
63%
Iron
5mg
26%
Magnesium
141mg
35%
Monounsaturated
16g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
3mg
13%
Phosphorus
186mg
27%
Polyunsaturated
10g
N/A
Potassium
1080mg
31%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.8mg
46.2%
Sodium
774mg
32%
Sugars, added
25g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
18.6%
Zinc
2mg
15%