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Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Candied Walnuts, Feta, and Pomegranate Seeds

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Candied Walnuts, Feta, and Pomegranate Seeds

We had friends over for dinner and for the main dish my friend and I served this pasta. I looked through the refrigerator to see what I could use to make a salad and found spinach, romaine, strawberries, feta, and pomegranate seeds. Instead of croutons or pine nuts, which I usually use in salads, I decided to grab some walnuts from the pantry and toast them with a little sugar and cardamon to give them a slightly sweet taste. I tossed all of the ingredients together with a Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette.  The salad was a big hit with the adults and the kids and we all enjoyed the crunchy nuts combined with the sweet strawberries and the salty and creamy feta. Everyone especially loved the pop the pomegranate seeds gave to this delicious and beautiful salad.

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Candied Walnuts, Feta, and Pomegranate Seeds

How to Make a Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Candied Walnuts, Feta, and Pomegranate Seeds

Make the Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette then set it aside.

Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the walnut pieces, sugar, and cardamon. Stir often until the sugar caramelizes and sticks to the pecans and the walnuts are toasted. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Combine the spinach and romaine lettuce in a large serving bowl. Top with sliced strawberries, cooled walnuts, feta cheese, and pomegranate seeds. Toss with the vinaigrette and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Candied Walnuts, Feta, and Pomegranate Seeds

 

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Candied Walnuts, Feta, and Pomegranate Seeds

Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Candied Walnuts, Feta, and Pomegranate Seeds

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Pam / For the Love of Cooking

Equipment

  • Salad Bowl

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of walnut pieces
  • 1 tsp of white sugar
  • Pinch of cardamon
  • 3 cups of baby spinach
  • 2 cups of romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup of sliced strawberries
  • 2-3 tbsp feta cheese
  • 2-3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette see recipe link above

Instructions

  • Make the Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette then set it aside.
  • Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the walnut pieces, sugar, and cardamon. Stir often until the sugar caramelizes and sticks to the walnut and the walnuts are toasted. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • Combine the spinach and romaine lettuce in a large serving bowl. Top with sliced strawberries, cooled walnuts, feta cheese, and pomegranate seeds. Toss with the vinaigrette and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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26 Comments

  1. You are back! I’m so happy you are feeling well enough to blog again, Pam! This salad looks so delicious. I love everything about it!

  2. You always have the best stuff just hanging out in the your fridge!! I love salads with strawberries in it… this is like bringing a little summer to your table!

  3. First time commenter but I have read your blog for a long time. I had major back issues for years and ended up with back surgery. I know that many back issues can be resolved with Physical Therapy, and much less invasive procedures, so if you need someone to ask, I would be happy to answer any questions. I became quite the back expert. Back pain is so debilitating. I am sure you won’t be advised to do it, but honestly, any type of back surgery is the very, very last resort. Hope you feel better and I am going to make this salad and pasta dish this weekend.

  4. as salads go, this is one of the prettiest ever made! pomegranate arils are magical, and i could eat candied pecans until my belly burst. 🙂