A Winter Salad – Spinach, Apple, Gorgonzola & Candied Walnuts

Winter produce in one salad. Goodness, freshness, and a bowl full of flavor.


INGREDIENTS:

  • 7 oz. (200g) spinach

  • 1 red delicious apple thinly sliced

  • 4.5 oz. (130g) gorgonzola at room temperature

  • 1/2 pomegranate, arils removed/dried cranberries

  • 5.2 oz. (150g) streaky bacon or pancetta strips (optional)

  • 5 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar

  • 1 cup (80g) walnuts halves

  • 3 tbsp. sugar

  • 1/4 tsp. chili flakes (red pepper flakes)

  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

  • 1 oz. (30g) Butter

  • Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add the walnut halves, sugar, chili flakes, paprika, a pinch of salt, and butter in a small pan. Let the sugar and butter melt together for a couple of minutes, stir to coat the walnuts, make sure the sugar doesn’t burn.

  2. Transfer the walnuts straight away to a sheet of baking paper and separate the walnuts so they don’t stick together, set aside.

  3. Place the bacon or pancetta under a hot grill and grill until crispy on each side, drain on kitchen paper. (skip this if you want a vegetarian option).

  4. To make the dressing put the olive and vinegar in a large mixing bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk together. Add half the gorgonzola and mash it with a fork until it’s mixed in with the rest of the dressing (there will be a few lumps but don’t be discouraged).

  5. Add the spinach to the dressing, toss the spinach until it’s evenly coated in the dressing.

  6. Divide the dressed spinach into serving bowls then top with equal amounts of apple, gorgonzola, pomegranate, bacon pieces, and walnuts.

  7. Top with a grinding of pepper and serve.

Sourced by: www.insidetherustickitchen.com