An easy raspberry spinach salad (aka Christmas salad) recipe made with fresh baby spinach, fresh raspberries, candied walnuts, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
This simple holiday salad recipe came from my friend, Jackie, in Ohio. She brought it to our recipe club Christmas dinner a few years back and it's become a personal favorite. It is simple, elegant and so delicious!! Not to mention, it looks beautiful on a holiday table this time of year.
How To Make Raspberry Spinach Salad
1 pint fresh red raspberries
1 bag organic baby spinach, washed at patted dry
½ cup glazed walnuts (you can use plain, toasted walnuts)
½ bottle of Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette Salad dressing (such as Newman's Own)
Wash raspberries and pat dry. Toss all ingredients together and mix well. Serve immediately. Serves 6 people.
I told you it was easy!! Now you have time for all the other holiday things!
How To Make Homemade Glazed Walnuts
To save time you can absolutely use store-bought candied walnuts, but I am also sharing my recipe for homemade glazed walnuts if you have raw walnuts on hand and want to DIY. You can do this with pecans, too. In a large microwave-safe bowl mix 2 cups chopped walnuts, ¼ cup water, and ¾ cups sugar. Microwave for 3 minutes, stir and then microwave for an additional 3-5 minutes (depending on the wattage of your microwave oven. Nuts should be covered with a caramelized mixture, but check often so they don't burn. Spread on a parchment-lined cookie sheet to harden. Store in an airtight container.
What To Serve With Spinach Salad
During the holidays, some of our favorite dishes to serve alongside this salad are standing rib roast, lightened-up southern macaroni and cheese, roasted green beans, southern collard greens, and slow cooker mashed potatoes.
Raspberry Spinach Salad aka Christmas Salad
- 1 pint fresh red raspberries
- 5 oz bag organic baby spinach washed and patted dry
- ½ cup glazed walnuts you can also use plain toasted walnuts
- 8 oz Newman's Own Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette Salad dressing or homemade raspberry vinaigrette
- Wash raspberries and pat dry.
- Toss all ingredients together and mix well. You can toss in the dressing or serve it on the side.
- Serve immediately.