baby spinach (1 lb)
pine nuts (or almonds)
raisins (or dried cranberries)
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
4 tablespoons apple juice
1-2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1-2 teaspoons olive oil (optional)
This is a simple and yummy spinach salad with a sweet and tart dressing. The dressing compliments the rich flavor of the spinach and nuts quite well and is also excellent over kale.
Soak raisins in hot water to plump them up…10 minutes or more. Drain.
While the raisins are soaking, toast pine nuts in a dry pan. Constantly stirring…they burn quickly!
Wisk dressing together.
Toss everything together in a large salad bowl.