Spinach and Orange Salad with Parmesan Pecans

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  • Servings: 12

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  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 medium navel or blood oranges
  • 1 pound baby spinach
  • 1 cup Sicilian green olives, pitted and chopped

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Toast the pecans on a baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a bowl, toss with the butter, honey, Parmesan and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper, then spread on the sheet and bake for 4 minutes, or until golden. Let cool.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the shallots and mustard. Whisk in the oil and season with salt and pepper.

  3. With a sharp knife, peel the oranges, removing all of the bitter white pith. Halve the oranges lengthwise, then slice crosswise 1/4 inch thick.

  4. In a large bowl, toss the spinach with the dressing, olives, pecans and oranges and serve at once.

Contributed By Published November 2002

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