Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Spinach & Goat Cheese Salad with Candied Walnuts

1 bag spinach leaves
2 pears, sliced
4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
1/2 cup candied walnuts (see below)

Candied Walnuts

1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/2 T butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
2T sugar
1/2 T milk

Melt butter in pan. Add nuts and simmer on low to medium heat for 5 minutes. Let stand for 3 minutes. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl. Heat in microwave for 15 seconds, or until most of the liquid has been evaporated. Add nuts to bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use. Stir before adding to salad.

Serve with Good Seasons Italian dressing; recipe found on the back of this package.

The messy version and the pretty version. :)

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  1. Oh this sounds delish!! I never think to make fancy salads at home so I need to try this! I make the same salad over and over, ha.

  2. I do love a good salad! I have never thought to actually candy nuts myself. How fun!

  3. I love these kinds of salads! Pinning this to make later! Yum!

  4. Hmmm, I would have never thought os the combination. Looks yummy

  5. This looks so tasty and pretty. I'm gonna have to put my fancy pants on and try this one.

  6. Mmmm, this will make an excellent Thanksgiving appetizer Heather! Thanks for sharing it and thanks for linking up! May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. This looks yummy! We are making one of your meals tonight!

  8. This looks delicious! I'll have to try this next week to take to work.