A bed of spinach topped with sweet pears, tangy blood oranges, dried cranberries, pecans, and feta cheese drizzled with a homemade citrus vinaigrette.
Monday January 10, 2022
(5 stars from 1 review)
Blood Orange Cranberries Feta Honey Olive Oil Pear Pecans Salt Spinach Thyme
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Happy New Year! While I don't generally make New Years Resolutions, I do often crave some greens in January (probably from polishing off all those Christmas cookies in December!). All kidding aside, this salad is so tasty, and it definitely hits the spot and brings a healthy dose of vitamins after all that holiday craze.
There are just a handful of ingredients needed for this beautiful salad
step one: in a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, orange juice, honey, thyme, and salt until completely combined; set aside
step two: on a large platter or in a large bowl, place spinach followed by pears, oranges, cranberries, pecans, and feta
step three: drizzle dressing over the salad either on the serving platter or on individual plates
Yes, this salad is great to make ahead of time, just don't add the dressing until right before serving!
Yes, you can use a store-bought dressing if it is easier (but I reccommend the homemade one since it is super tasty and literally takes 2 minutes!). I would suggest a simple balsamic dressing or a lemon poppyseed dressing if you decide to go the store bought route.
Yes, you can use whatever orange you want! Regular oranges or even a clementine would work well in place of a blood orange. I wouldn't reccommend using the canned mandarin oranges though because fresh oranges have a bit of a sour taste that is lost in the canned variety which pairs perfectly with this salad.
Whisk together olive oil, orange juice, honey, thyme, and salt until completely combined; set aside
Using a large platter, add spinach, followed by sliced pears, oranges, pecans, cranberries, and feta cheese
Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat immediately before serving