For a quick salad that is as attractive as it is tasty, try my festive spinach salad! It is a delightful balance of earthy spinach, sweet pears, tart cranberries and smoky bacon. The warm dressing and tangy blue cheese enhance the taste sensation. Smart Recipes, American Recipes, Pork Recipes, Recipes Pork American Spinach Salad With Cranberries And Pears Spinach Salad With Cranberries And Pears Recipe | PT30M Serves 6 Ingredients: 2 Medium Pears 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice 3 Cups Water 12 Ounces Baby Spinach 1 Medium Red Onion 0.5 Teaspoon Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper 0.25 Pound Bacon 1 Cup Dried Cranberries 0.33 Cup Red Wine Vinegar 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar 0.5 Teaspoon Dried Mustard 1 Cup Gorgonzola Cheese In a large bowl, combine the pears, lemon juice & water. Place a small saucer over pears to keep them submerged and set aside. In another large bowl, mix spinach, onion, and season with the salt & pepper. Set aside. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook bacon until brown & crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Stir in 1/2 cup cranberry, vinegar, sugar, and dry mustard into reserved bacon drippings in the Dutch oven. Bring mixture to a boil and remove from heat. Add the spinach mixture and toss in the hot dressing until spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Transfer the spinach mixture into a large bowl. Crumble cooled bacon into the bowl and toss with spinach to combine. Divide spinach among 6 salad plates and top with drained pears. Sprinkle each salad with cheese & remaining cranberries.

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