Spinach Salad w/Walnuts & Craisins
Anybody who knows me knows how I feel about salads. I just don’t like them. NOPE, sure don’t! Every one of them will tell you that I say, “Salad is rabbit food.” Yep, well I might have to change my stance on that now, well at least for this salad anyway. Perhaps it’s the spinach instead of the traditional lettuce that I like, or maybe it’s all of the sweet & sour flavors going on. I’m not sure but there’s just something about this salad that I LOVED!
I might consider changing the name to “everything but the kitchen sink salad”, or perhaps “because I ate too much in December Salad”, or maybe “not rabbit food salad”! All quite catchy. Anywho, whatever you call it is REALLY GOOD!
I was recently sent a few of Paul Newman’s dressings to try out (yes that means I got them for Free – all about that disclosure). Again, as I’m not normally a “Salad” girl I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them. I considered marinating with them, but ultimately because well YES it’s that time of year… The “keep my resolutions” part of the year, I thought hey let’s try a salad….
I love spinach & because the regular lettuce salads never worked for me we went with that option. Then we added some fruits and nuts & seeds & veggies and emptied out the pantry (LOL j/k) & voila… It was a truly delicious & surprisingly (yes, surprisingly bc I’m not a salad girl) filling salad. You could easily make this veggietarian (yes I know I spelled it wrong, but I like saying it that way) by leaving out the chicken. Or it would be equally delicious swapping out the chicken for some shrimp or, ooh, salmon…
Who knows, maybe this salad thing will stick with me, or maybe not… chissa (who knows ; ) tee hee…
What you’ll need:
1 bag of Fresh Spinach
2 chicken breasts – sliced
1 bottle Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 pint container Cherry Tomatoes
1 small can of Pineapple tidbits – drained
1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
1/2 lemon – juiced
1/4 cup of Craisins
1/4 cup Walnuts – chopped
Fontina Cheese – Shaved
What to do:
Spray a grill pan with cooking spray & heat over medium heat. When hot, add your chicken & cook until done. Into a large bowl add your spinach leaves. Shake your bottle of Vinaigrette & then Drizzle on top the Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette (just enough to coat) & toss together. Add in the craisins, walnuts, pineapple & cherry tomatoes. Toss to combine. Sprinkle on the Sesame Seeds & add in lemon juice & toss again. Plate your salad, top with a few slices of the grilled chicken & a few cheese shavings.