Fresh Greens with Cranberry Vinaigrette and Toasted Pecans

Fresh Greens with Cranberry Vinaigrette and Toasted Pecans

A bright and refreshing salad that makes a great accompaniment for holiday and heavy meals. Try any type of green you like – spinach, kale, arugula, chicory, beet greens, romaine, mustard greens, Swiss chard greens, etc.
Prepared on Dinner Television Edmonton, October 10, 2015

CranberrySwissChardSalad_12506 cups roughly torn or chopped salad greens of any type you like
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup toasted nuts and seeds, whatever you have on hand
2 or 3 tbsp grated or shaved pecorino or parmesan cheese (goat cheese, Feta, or Manchego would also work nicely here)
4 to 6 tbsp Beary Berry Honey Cranberry Cherry Vinaigrette

  1. Soak the dried cranberries in warm water for 5 or 10 minutes to rehydrate slightly and soften them a bit. Drain and pat them dry.
  2. If you haven’t already, toast the nuts and seeds in batches in a medium fry pan over medium heat, shaking the pan and turning them often to evenly toast and not burn. When nicely toasted, tip the hot nut and/or seeds onto a glass plate to cool completely.
  3. Shave, crumble or grate the cheese.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the greens with a few tablespoons of the vinaigrette – add enough to satisfy your taste.
  5. Divide the greens among 4 plates. Drizzle each with a bit more of the dressing
  6. Sprinkle with some cranberries, then nuts, then a bit of the cheese – you might not use all of what you’ve prepared. Set aside for another use.
  7. Enjoy!

Serves: 4 as a starter

Tips, Suggestions & Information

  • Use any salad green you like. This is particularly good with the strong greens.
  • Pecans are my favourite for this salad, but works great with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, or a combination of  them.
  • Beary Berry Honey products are made by a local beekeeping farm just outside Edmonton. You can check out their website or visit them at Old Strathcona Farmers Market year round, other markets during the summer, and craft fairs and trade shows during the fall up until Christmas.
  • I like pecorino cheese from The Cheesiry, a local sheep farm near Kitscoty. They’re also at Old Strathcona Farmers Market year round and other markets during the summer.