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Holiday Salad with Candied Hazelnuts and Cranberry Vinaigrette

All decked out in red and green, here's a perfect salad for holiday celebrations, equally at home on a party buffet or an intimate dinner table.

Here we pull together the freshness of tender baby lettuces, the creaminess of Stilton and the tang of ruby red cranberries. To top it all off, candied hazelnuts stand in for sugar plums. Let your taste buds celebrate, too!

Prep time: 30 min | Total time: 45 min | 4 Servings

Ingredients

CRANBERRY VINAIGRETTE:

½ cup

cranberry juice

2 Tbsp

jellied cranberry sauce

1 tsp

Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp

champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar

1 tsp

grated orange zest (about 1/2 orange)

2 Tbsp

extra-virgin olive oil

CANDIED HAZELNUTS:

½ cup

whole hazelnuts (skinned)

3 Tbsp

brown sugar

pinch

salt

1

egg white (lightly whisked with a fork)

SALAD:

4 oz

Earthbound Farm Organic Spring Mix

¼ cup

Earthbound Farm Organic Dried Cranberries

¼ cup

candied hazelnuts

1

Earthbound Farm Organic Gala or Fuji apple (sliced)

½ cup

crumbled Stilton cheese

Directions

To make the vinaigrette: Combine the cranberry juice and sauce in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the mixture reduces to 3 tablespoons. Combine the remaining vinaigrette ingredients in a glass jar and add the reduced cranberry juice. Shake vigorously to combine.

To make the candied nuts: Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Combine the hazelnuts, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Add the egg white and stir to dissolve the sugar and coat the nuts. Transfer to a buttered or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until the nuts turn golden brown. Remove the tray from the oven; with a fork, pull nuts to the edges of the pan, away from the pooled syrup. When cool, chop the nuts roughly and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

To assemble the salad: Place the greens in a large bowl and toss with the vinaigrette. Divide between 4 salad plates and garnish each serving with a sprinkling of cranberries, hazelnuts, apple and cheese. Serve immediately.

Per serving: Calories 370, Fat 24 grams, Cholesterol 15 mg, Sodium 410 mg, Carbohydrates 37 grams, Fiber 4 grams, Sugars 30 grams, Protein 8 grams.

Percentage Daily Values per serving (based on a 2,000-calorie diet): Vitamin A 30%, Vitamin C 30%, Calcium 15%, Iron 15%.

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