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Spinach Salad with Persimmons and Dried Cranberries

Source: A Good Day for Salad
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Active Time:  10 Minutes
Total Time:  10 Minutes
  Serves 8
If Popeye were just starting out, he'd have something new to bring to a spinach-skeptical world. Spinach salads have probably won more converts in recent times than any single class of traditional spinach dishes. Because they accommodate a variety of ingredients--meats, vegetables, all types of cheese and nuts--spinach salads please many palates. This version with sweet slices of Fuyu persimmons, dried cranberries, and a whisper of curry, offers both the exotic and the familiar.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
6 cups young spinach leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
2 Fuyu persimmons, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 cup dried cranberries, soaked in 1 cup hot water for 1 hour
For Dressing:
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons reserved cranberry soaking liquid (above)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, combine spinach, scallions, and persimmon wedges. Drain cranberries, reserving 2 tablespoons soaking liquid, and add to spinach mixture.


In a small bowl, whisk curry powder, reserved cranberry soaking liquid, lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil together. Add salt and pepper. Toss spinach mixture and garnish with with coconut.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Chronicle. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 8
Calories: 269
Sodium: 25mg
Fiber: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 17g
Protein: 2g
% Cal. from Fat: 74%
Fat. Total: 22g
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