Spinach Berry Salad with Candied Walnuts

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Total: 35 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min



3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons Creole or grainy mustard 

2 tablespoon honey 

1/4 cup cherry jam 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 


10 ounces baby spinach

1 pint blackberries 

1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion 

1/2 cup Candied Walnuts, recipe follows

1 small chunk Parmesan or pecorino 

Candied Walnuts:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups walnut halves 

1/4 cup granulated sugar 

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 


  1. For the dressing: Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, honey, jam, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in the oil in a slow stream and continue whisking until the dressing is emulsified.
  2. For the salad: Toss together the spinach, blackberries, onions and Candied Walnuts in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss. Using a vegetable peeler, shave some cheese over the top.

Candied Walnuts:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the walnuts and stir to coat. Raise the heat to medium, add the sugar and cook until the sugar is dissolved and caramelized, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, then transfer the mixture to the baking sheet. Spread the nuts in a single layer. Let the walnuts cool until hardened, about 15 minutes.
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4 Reviews

robin w.

This was great !!! I had to use strawberries &amp; raspberrys,,,was out off black berries,,,added some rotisseree chicken,,,had grinded all my parm cheese ,,so shaved grueyer,,,<br />I have never candied walnut stove top,,maybe I will have to use skillet next time for more even coverage.<br />BUT the dressing is 5☆,,I tottally <br />Loved my dinner....its a go to salad for me,, ❣❣❣

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