Festive Holiday Salad

Festive photo by Chelsea Lane, Christmas 2010.

1 bag fresh baby spinach
seeds from one whole pomegranate
1/2 medium sized red onion, finely sliced

1/2 pint fresh raspberries
1/2 c candied pecans (recipe follows)
croutons, optional
Lightly toss spinach, pomegranate seeds and onion together and drizzle on the dressing or serve on the side. Top with raspberries, candied pecans and croutons.

the other half of the red onion, coarsely chopped
1/4 c sugar
2 T vinegar
1/2 t ground mustard
1/2 t salt
1T poppy seeds
1/2 c olive oil
Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

1 T olive oil
1 T balsamic vinegar
1/4 c sugar
1/2 c (heaping) whole pecans
Mix oil, vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan and heat. Add pecans and stir frequently until liquid is crystallized and absorbed by the pecans. Spread out on a plate and allow to cool.

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