Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Winter Salad

I don't know about you, but this time of year...I start to
crave salad's. My body longs for healthy greens. This salad
is anything but boring. It is one of my favorite's and if
you try it....it will be one of your's too.

Winter Salad
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1-2 chicken breasts, cooked & diced
1 large bunch of spinach
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese-or your favorite
1 pear, diced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
Dressing
2 tablespoons, red raspberry jam ( with seeds)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cups olive oil
salt and pepper

1) Preheat oven to 350* Arrange walnuts in a single layer
on a baking sheet. Toast in oven for 5 minutes.
2) In a large bowl, toss together the spinach, walnuts, pear,
chicken, cranberries, blue cheese, avocado and red onion.
3) In a small bowl, whisk together jam, vinegar, olive oil,
pepper and salt. Pour over salad just before serving and
toss to coat.



32 comments:

  1. The only thing I need to do is defrost the chicken breasts. Everything I need I happen to have at the moment. Almost all of it left over from recipes I made for Christmas. Great salad and healthy to boot. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Oooh... Yum! Great recipe and idea for tonight! I've run out of ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy almost New Years!
    xx,
    ~Michelle

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  3. Merry chirstmas Val!!!! Hope you had a great weekend! I just had a yucky plain grilled chicken salad with yucky ff dressing. This looks like a million dollars and I must try it!!

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  4. Merry Christmas and Happy Almost New Year!

    This looks amazing- So bright and delicious!

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  5. Val...this looks amazing! I agree with you. I have eaten way too much lately and my body is totally craving salads. I can't wait to tey this!

    Susan. Www.ugogrrl.com

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  6. I am in desperate need of new salad recipes....this looks delish! Happy New Year.

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  7. what i have been craving exactly! this looks amazing! after all the junk around, i just need some greens:)

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  8. mmmmmmm!!!Excellent blog!!! salut!!

    Frank, Barcelona

    http://balapertotarreu.blogspot.com

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  9. Love this salad! And am double loving that you made your own dressing - smart!

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  10. Just what the dr ordered after pigging out all week! Yum!

    p.s. Are you a member of For the Love of Blogs? I'd love to feature one of your recipes on Tasty Tuesday if you are interested?

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  11. ohhh me too!! I always start the feeling of needing freshness in the house and in my body. I have added what I need to my shopping list for tomorrow. I can't wait to make it!!!

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  12. I am going to try and start my New Year off on the right foot. The salad sounds delish.

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  13. Yummy, this salad is right up my alley. I would probably put blue cheese on top!

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  14. Hey Val! This sounds absolutely divine and I agree that some healthy things are in order! My body kinda starts rejecting all of the carbs and sweets and I'm definitely feeling sluggish. This salad will help get me back on track!
    Vanessa

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  15. Oh yum...and I have everything to make this!!! (And I love every single ingredient too:)....hard when I am KIND of picky;)
    Love this recipe...thank you!

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  16. my tummy is bursting at the seams, yes, i would love a salad! this is just gorgeous, i love it all!

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  17. This looks delicious. I had a great big salad today too... I crave them after all the Christmas goodies we've eaten all last week!

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  18. ooh that looks so good! I totally agree, I need spring and summer and fresh food and sun!!!

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  19. Sounds wonderful, I especially love that dressing

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  20. I, too, am longing for some healthy foods!! I will try this very soon!! It looks DELICIOUS! I like that it has pears in it. Thanks!
    xox
    cheryl

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  21. Hi Val, love this salad..after too many sweets, I am really craving veggies, funny how that works! ;D

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  22. yummy, yummy, yummy...I just printed this out to make next week. XOXO

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  23. I think I need to eat salads for the next month- I so overdid it during the holidays! Looks yummy!

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  24. Your so sweet for sharing this yummy recipe...can't wait to try it!!!

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  25. This is my type of salad! I am going to try your dressing recipe! Thanks for sharing!! xo

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  26. Yum, looks like something I might pay $15 for in a restaurant.

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  27. I can see why you'd crave this because it sounds wonderful! Avocado is a great addition!

    Have a healthy & happy new year!

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  28. Not only does it sound delish, but it looks gorgeous, too!

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  29. This is my kind of salad (I am such a salad girl)! O I've missed you my friend! I return tomorrow night but had to sneak on blogger and say hello! Happy new years!!!

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  30. You have so many great recipes on your blog! So glad I found you :)

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