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PointsPlus Spinach Salad with Pears, Almonds, and Cranberries Recipe

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Spinach Salad with Pears, Almonds, and Cranberries

Ripe, juicy pears can make just about any salad pop with sweet, fruity flavor, and cranberries contribute their unmistakable tang to a spinach salad with verve and flair.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons coarse ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons pancake syrup, preferably maple-flavored
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 large ripe red pear, cored and sliced thinly into 12 pieces
  • 6 tablespoons dry-roasted unsalted chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, water, oil, mustard, syrup, shallot, salt, and pepper until blended. Pour ¼ cup of the dressing into a large bowl. Add the spinach and toss until coated.

Arrange 2 cups of dressed spinach on each of 4 salad plates. Top each with 3 pear slices and then sprinkle each with 1 ½ tablespoons of the almonds and 1 tablespoon of the dried cranberries. Drizzle each salad with about 1 tablespoon of the remaining dressing and serve.

Nutritional Facts
Servings4
Calories Per Serving191
Total Fat12g19%
Sugar12gN/A
Saturated1g7%
Protein4g7%
Carbs20g7%
Vitamin A200µg22%
Vitamin B60.1mg6.1%
Vitamin C14mg24%
Vitamin E5mg23%
Vitamin K212µg100%
Calcium81mg8%
Fiber4g17%
Folate (food)91µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)91µg23%
Iron2mg10%
Magnesium67mg17%
Monounsaturated8gN/A
Niacin (B3)0.8mg4.2%
Phosphorus80mg11%
Polyunsaturated2gN/A
Potassium390mg11%
Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg14.9%
Sodium209mg9%
Sugars, added2gN/A
Zinc0.7mg4.5%