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Reader Recipe: Spinach Salad With Candied Walnuts

Whether it's the overdone combination of gorgonzola and greens or the excessively fruity vinaigrette, I don't usually spring for spinach salads. However, when I saw Le Etiana's recipe, I was suddenly interested. Her dressing contains poppyseeds, which add extra texture. The cheese is a grated, mild Swiss, not the crumbled blue cheese I'm so tired of seeing in my salads. The candied walnuts add a subtle hint of roasted sweetness. Thanks to her appetizing recipe (and photo!) I think I'm ready to give spinach salads another chance. To see how she whipped up this healthy creation and check out the pictures of the beautiful table she served the salad on,


Submitted by TeamSugar member Le Etiana

Spinach Salad With Candied Walnuts

Spinach Salad With Candied Walnuts

Spinach Salad With Candied Walnuts


  1. Salad:
  1. * 2 good size bundles of fresh spinach
  2. * 1 pound of grated Swiss cheese
  3. * bag of dried cranberries
  4. * candied walnuts
  5. * poppy-seed dressing
  1. Poppy-Seed Dressing:
  1. * 1 1/4 tablespoons poppy seeds
  2. * 3/4 cup of vinegar
  3. * 1/2 cup sugar
  4. * 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  5. * 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  6. * 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  1. Candied Walnuts:
  1. * 6 tablespoons of light corn syrup
  2. * 3 tablespoons of sugar
  3. * 1 teaspoon of salt
  4. * 2 1/2 cups of walnuts


Spinach Salad:

I make each person's salad individually rather than mix it all together. It's one of those salads that you want to have a certain amount of each ingredient for it to be yummy. I serve the dressing on the side in a small jug. Put spinach on the plate, sprinkle grated cheese, then the dried cranberries, and finally the candied walnuts.

Poppy-Seed Dressing:

Mix everything together in the blender and serve. Dressing lasts up to 3 weeks in the fridge but I never have any left over!

Candied Walnuts:

Preheat over to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine corn syrup, sugar, and salt. Add nuts and toss well to coat. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet that has been coated with cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 5 minutes - just make sure they don't burn. Immediately scoop nuts onto a sheet of foil. Spread nuts apart to cool thoroughly.



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nikks nikks 8 years
I made this a couple months ago & everyone loved it!
Shoe-Diva Shoe-Diva 9 years
I can't wait to try this looks so delicious. :feedme: As you know, I've already stolen your idea for the beautiful flowers in the square vase. :innocent: Mine didn't look nearly as lovely as yours have that special Le E touch! :)
suziryder suziryder 9 years
I'm a big big fan of a salad with fruits, nuts and cheese - but I'm not too keen on Swiss so I think I'll just stick to yummy, crumbly, creamy blue!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Omg, the party sounds like so much fun!! Thanks for sharing with us. You should post the "not" alfredo recipe.
Food Food 9 years
Your party sounds like it was amazing!
rgrl rgrl 9 years
I definitely want to print this out and try it! I love this type of salad. Thank you for sharing Le E! :feedme:
ualili ualili 9 years
This looks so good!
outofhere outofhere 9 years
Thanks partysugar :) I served it with a yummy but simple chicken and pasta with white sauce (we won't say the word Alfredo *lol*) fresh asparagus - delish, and french bread from a local bakery, everyone had their own little loaf, hence the reason for the individual butter dishes. It was a collective birthday dinner party so I gave each person a gift, wrapped them in ivory and blue and put them on their plates as a placecard. For dessert, I made a classic three layer chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Good food, great friends and lively conversation - you can't get much better than that!
mominator mominator 9 years
My kids, hubby & I love a good spinach salad. The photo looks scrumptious. This is going to my favorites. Thanks for the recipe.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
I want to know what else was on the menu, that table looks gorgeous!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
Yum! Spinach salad is my favorite. :feedme:
sofi sofi 9 years
love it- yay Le E! :woohoo:
mlen mlen 9 years
o see i love spinach salad with walnuts and blue cheese... but i have to admit this looks yummy too!
desertbanshee desertbanshee 9 years
I love this recipe - as soon as I made it, my teenage boys devoured it lock stock and barrel. If Le E can get a teenager to eat Spinach, you know this recipe is a WINNER!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
I'm sleeping. :oops: That's what I meant to give you: :medal:
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
Looks delicious, Le E! And great pics! :honor:
outofhere outofhere 9 years
So fun to see my recipe here! Thanks for sharing it on YumSugar :) This salad is so delish, I hope some of the Sugar readers try it, they won't be disappointed.
susanec susanec 9 years
I've done something similar with asiago because I don't care for blue and asiago has such a great texture/nuttiness (the swiss is nutty too but is softer, nice option).
nancita nancita 9 years
What a beautiful photo! Also, I'm with you, Yum: I'm so over candied walnuts with blue cheese. Combining them with poppyseeds and swiss cheese is very novel
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 9 years
sounds yummy!
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