Spinach Salad with Hot and Sweet Walnuts

I do need to apologize to you all for being MIA for the past few weeks. A lot was happening around here. I changed my job recently. I had to transfer literally a ton of files and then there is training for the new work which seems to take forever. I feel like I am kinda settling in and can go back to my passion of cooking new dishes and sharing them with you.  I do want to Thank all my readers who sent emails asking about posts. It’s because of all of you I feel so loved and gives me tremendous encouragement to do what I do.

How was your Easter? Did you do the egg hunt? We had a fabulous time. I am writing that post soon so keep watching that mailbox for an update.

I made the Spinach salad as one of the dishes for the Easter Brunch but even otherwise I have made this literally every week in the past few weeks. This salad is the one that finally got A1 eating spinach. She asks for more. The first time I heard her say that, I had to ask her again what she was saying, it was so unbelievable. 🙂

spinach salad


Serves 2

  • Spinach about 4 cups  chopped
  • Walnuts 1 cup per person
  • Strawberries ½ cup sliced
  • Mandarin oranges packed in water 2 container
  • Red onion chopped ¼ to ½ cup per taste
  • Cheddar Cheese per taste about ½ cup
  • Maple Syrup 2 Tbsp
  • Cayenne Pepper flakes or Chipotle Pepper powder ¼ tsp or more per taste
  • Cinnamon 1/8 tsp
  • Butter ½ Tbsp


  • Balsamic Vinaigrette 2 Tbsp
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 Tbsp
  • Honey ½ Tbsp
  • Salt and Pepper per taste



  • For Maple roasted Walnuts, in a small saucepan, on a low flame, roast the Walnuts until fragrant.
  • Add the butter and let it melt.
  • Add Cinnamon and Cayenne Pepper and mix quickly.
  • Finally add Maple Syrup and mix. Mixture should be on the flame just for enough time to melt and mix otherwise it will burn.
  • Take off the flame and let it cool.
  • For the dressing, mix all the ingredients with a whisk and keep aside.
  • Chop the Spinach, add onion and mix.
  • Mix the dressing with a Salad. Pour in individual bowls.
  • Top with Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges and Cheese.
  • Finally, top with Walnuts.



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