The Baron's sister, Jen, usually brings a great salad to our holiday dinners. She has brought this salad quite a few times, with a few tweaks every now and then. However, the dressing and the combination of a fruit, cheese and nuts always are incorporated. Even the Baron's dad who isn't a huge salad fan definitely loves this salad. I especially like the raspberry vinaigrette, that's made with raspberry jam, oil, and red wine vinegar. Simply combine the dressing ingredients in a covered jar, shake and voila - dressing in seconds!
recipe slightly adapted from AllRecipes
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tomatoes, chopped
1.2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons red raspberry jam (with or without seeds)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup canola oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl, tossing to distribute evenly.
In a covered jar or bowl, shake or whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over the salad or serve on the side.