Cranberry Spinach Salad with Avocados

cranberry salad

Dressing Ingredients 
  • 4 Tbsp. cranberry juice
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 6 Tbsp. canola oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Salad Ingredients 
  • 3 1/3 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 small head of frisée lettuce
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

 

Directions 

Dressing 

Place cranberry juice and dried cranberries in a small pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir in vinegar and Dijon mustard. Gradually whisk in canola oil so the mixture becomes a dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Salad

Rinse spinach and frisée; spin dry. Remove thick stems and cut larger leaves into bite-size pieces. Add avocado and onion slices.

Gently toss salad ingredients with the dressing and serve.

Tip

 If preparing in advance, sprinkle avocado slices with lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Mix the salad ingredients with the dressing just before serving to keep the leaves fresh and crisp.

Nutrition Information Per Serving*: Calories 320, Calories from Fat 250, Saturated Fat 2.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Fat 29g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 125mg, Total Carbohydrate 18g, Sugars 6g, Dietary Fiber 9g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 70%, Vitamin C 35%, Calcium 10%, Iron 10%

*Excludes Salt and Pepper

I substituted Radicchio for the frisee lettuce. The chicory taste of the radicchio complimented the tart of the cranberry and was gorgeous to the eye!

Recipe courtesy of the Cranberry Marketing Committee

Four Things You May Not Know about Cranberries
  • Cranberries are rich in flavonoids and a flavonoid-rich diet may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  •  Drinking  8–16 oz. of 27% original, low- or no-calorie cranberry juice cocktail each day is recommended to maintain urinary tract health and prevent urinary tract infections.    (Instead of soda, I drink unsweetened cranberry juice every day with sparkling water)
  • Dried cranberries are a good source of fiber with 2.3 grams per 40 gram serving (Amazing 10% of the Daily Value)!
  • One-quarter cup of dried cranberries is equal to ½ cup of fruit, according to MyPlate.

 

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Disclosure:  I was sent dried cranberries and am a Cranberry Bog Blogger!

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