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. I 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 lightly 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. The crunchy nuts combined with the sweet strawberries and the salty and creamy feta was amazing. We all especially loved the pop the pomegranate seeds gave to this delicious and beautiful salad.

Make the Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette then set 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 to 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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Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Candied Walnuts, Feta, and Pomegranate Seeds

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 10 min.

Ingredients:

1/2 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)

Directions:

Make the Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette then set 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 to a large serving bowl. Top with sliced strawberries, cooled walnuts, feta cheese, and pomegranate seeds. Toss with the vinaigrette and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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24 Responses to “Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Candied Walnuts, Feta, and Pomegranate Seeds”

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    Martha — January 22, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    Looks fabulously delicious! I love that combination in a salad!

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    Glenda — January 22, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    This sounds so good, will make this salad.

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    Holli — January 22, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    This looks amazing! I love salad. PS-I love everything about your blog-thanks for sharing all your recipes, and the pictures :)

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    Katarina — January 22, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    Looks fresh and delicious!

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    Beth - Slice of Southern — January 22, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    Beautiful salad with such great flavors!

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    Carmen Rosa — January 23, 2013 @ 1:14 am

    I love thaat combination in salad, I made a similar salad yesterday in “Mi cocina”.
    Your salad looks delicious, great salad, great flavors.

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    Kim in MD — January 23, 2013 @ 4:15 am

    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!

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    Jenn — January 23, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    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!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 23, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    I love how you put together all these ingredients from what you had in the fridge!

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    Jessica — January 23, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    Mm spinach & strawberry salad is my absolute favorite.

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    Rhonda — January 23, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    I love any salad with fruit! This looks delicious.

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    teresa — January 23, 2013 @ 12:38 pm

    this is just gorgeous! all the components of a delicious salad!

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    Joanne — January 23, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    I would be excited to eat salad all the time if I knew this was on the menu! Love the fruity additions.

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    Marjie — January 23, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    What a nice, unusual salad! I’ll bet your friends love coming to dinner at your house!

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    Peggy Recker — January 23, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    This sounds like a great salad!

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — January 23, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    Beautiful salad! I love all the different textures & flavors!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — January 23, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    A delightful salad, esp. in this time of year.

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    Mrs. Dubose — January 23, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    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.

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    Alissa — January 23, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

    Wow, this salad looks absolutely stunning! I’m definitely going to have to try it sometime this week.

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    justagirlfromaamchimumbai — January 23, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    What an easy and refreshing Salad this is. Perfect for the hot Perth weather :)

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    grace — January 24, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    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. :)

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    Chris — January 25, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    Spinach is fantastic but I run into one problem with fresh spinach sometimes. I looked into it and found out that it wasn’t just me! http://www.scienceworld.ca/swog/why-does-spinach-make-my-teeth-feel-funny

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    Leann — February 5, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

    The salad looks fantastic. I’m pretty sure those are walnuts that you used though, not pecans. Can’t wait to try this out.

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