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  • Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Grapes and Sweet Potatoes

Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Grapes and Sweet Potatoes

Posted on December 29, 2016

Hi Friends! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas! Was Santa good to you? Have you come down off your cookie-induced sugar high yet?

I think I’m still somewhere floating in the sugary clouds. I ate A LOT of cookies. Way too many to count. And even if I had counted, I certainly wouldn’t put that number down in writing for the whole world to see.

So I’m popping in real quick today to bring you this Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Grapes and Sweet Potatoes. It’s the perfect recipe if you’re feeling the need to hit the “reset” button. And it would also be a great salad to add to your New Year’s Eve menu, if you just so happen to be hosting a party (or going to a party!).

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The inspiration for this dish came from one of my favorite spinach salad recipes from the archives. I added some roasted sweet potatoes to make it a bit more filling (this could totally pass as a “main meal” type of salad). And I decided to give it a bit of a New Year’s Eve twist with the addition of roasted grapes. Did you know that grapes are one of the traditional and/or lucky foods that you’re suppose to consume on New Year’s Eve? As it goes, at midnight you eat twelve grapes, one to symbolize each of the twelve months in the upcoming year. You’re suppose to finish all twelve grapes before the last stroke of midnight, which apparently is a task that’s easier said than done. I think I’ll give it a try this year!

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You want the spinach in this recipe to wilt slightly, so be sure to scrape in the roasted sweet potatoes and grapes (and any olive oil from the pan), while they are still warm.

I hope you all have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. I’ll be sipping on these Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails. If you haven’t tried them yet, it’s the perfect time to do so!

See you in 2017!

Cheers,

Liz

Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Grapes and Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4-6

Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Grapes and Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups red seedless grapes
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced into thin triangles
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 2-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, toss together the grapes, sweet potatoes, olive oil, maple syrup, rosemary and salt until the grapes and sweet potatoes are evenly coated with the olive oil. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet and roast in your pre-heated oven for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through the cooking time. The sweet potatoes should be soft and the grapes should be slightly wrinkly. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Place the spinach in a very large bowl. Add the warm roasted grapes and sweet potatoes to the spinach, making sure to scrape in any oil left behind on the baking sheet. Toss gently to combine, sprinkling with some balsamic vinegar as you do so. Add the hazelnuts and goat cheese, tossing gently to combine.
  3. Transfer the salad to serving dishes and enjoy while still warm.
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  • Cranberry Apple Salad

Cranberry Apple Salad

Posted on December 8, 2016

This post was originally published here on December 19, 2013. I’ve since updated the photos and text. Enjoy!

I spent the majority of this past week testing out new Christmas cookie recipes. And while I’m happy to report that my efforts have resulted in two blog-worthy recipes that I’ll be sharing here next week (hooray!), I kind of just want a damn salad at this point. Even I have my limits when it comes to sweets.

This Cranberry Apple Salad is my go-to salad recipe this time of year. It’s refreshing, with both tart and sweet flavors to tickle your taste buds. AND it’s a all dressed up in vibrant red and green colors, which makes it the perfect addition to your Holiday table. You can layer it on a large platter (laying down the romaine first, then the apple-walnut mixture and finally the cranberries) for a really beautiful presentation if you’re having a fancy party. Or simply toss everything together in a big bowl. I don’t think you can really go wrong either way.

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There is a little bit of advanced preparation required for this recipe. So make sure to read through the whole recipe first and plan to get started on it a couple hours in advance of when you’re going to serve it. And while this might be considered by some to be a huge pain in the ass, I, for one, think it’s a plus. Because it means you can get the salad course ready to go earlier in the day, then spend those last few precious minutes of “crunch time” right before the meal performing other more pressing tasks.

This was one of the first salads that I really feel in love with. Because believe it or not, there was a time in my life when I hated eating salads (and really any vegetable, if I’m being completely honest with myself). But this Cranberry Apple Salad helped me turn the corner into a bona fide veggie lover. And I know you’ll totally dig it too!

Cheers,

Liz

Recipe from Creme De Colorado Cookbook

Cranberry Apple Salad

Serves about 6

Cranberry Apple Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, thawed if frozen
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions, white and light green parts only
  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. In your food processor with the blade attachment, pulse the cranberries until they are coarsely chopped. Transfer them to a small bowl and stir in the sugar. Cover and refrigerate the cranberries for at least 2 hours, or up to overnight.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the lime juice and mustard. Then slowly whisk in the olive oil. Add the apples, walnuts and scallions, tossing to coat everything in the dressing. Cover and refrigerate the apple-walnut mixture for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.
  3. To serve with a layered presentation, first line a large plate or platter with the chopped romaine lettuce. Then spoon the apple-walnut mixture over the romaine. And finally top with the chopped cranberries. Enjoy!
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