I love this salad. I love this salad a lot. To me this salad is perfect. The flavours are amazing. The pears, the spinach, the dressing and everything else, perfect.
I have made this a few times now, and I truly think it is fabulous. My mum was over the other day and she loved it. I love when my mother loves something I made, makes it all the more special. My kids at first wouldn't try it, looked at it and thought no, don't like it. But my kids have to try something before they can state they don't like it, absolute rule in my house. One bite and they were hooked, they loved it. They loved the pear, the spinach, the sultanas, they loved it all.
This is super, super easy to put together, parts of it can be made in advance. The dressing can be made in advance, just keep it refrigerated. If you made it in the morning but need it for dinner, just remember to remove it from the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving.
The walnuts can be toasted hours in advance, just allow to cool, then store in an airtight container until needed, you can also use hazelnuts. To toast walnuts place them on a baking paper lined oven tray, then put them in a preheated 180C oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned, alternatively, you can dry fry them in a frying pan over medium heat, until lightly browned. If using hazelnuts, toast the same way, however if they have skins on them, once toasted and still hot, place in a tea towel, wrap them up and rub them together, to remove the skins, some of the skins won't come off, but get as much as you can off.
I have also made this with sultanas instead of the cranberries, as I didn't have cranberries at home. And as I dislike sultanas, I thought I'd just avoid them, but with the dressing the sultanas were delicious, I ate every one of them.
With the spinach, I use baby spinach, and my measure is my bowl, it is literally 4 or 5 massive handfuls, or 1/2 a fruit shop bag full (I'll weigh it next time, and edit my ingredients), but it is literally one large bowlful of spinach.
This salad is something you really need to make. Make it for your next party, barbecue, dinner and watch your guests fall in love with this salad.
Find the recipe at www.whatscookingella.com/spinach-and-pear-salad.html
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