Add some new flavors and textures to perk up a classic spinach salad: fresh basil adds an unexpected flavor boost, the broiled grape tomatoes add warmth, and the candied walnuts, enhanced with a pinch of cayenne, are sweet, salty, and earthy.
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Wonderful salad! It was definitely the favorite dish of the entire evening and everyone commented on it. The basil brings such a fresh note to the plate and is a great surprise with each bite. The nuts were also a huge hit. I put the remaining nuts out with the cheese platter to start and they were gone before dinner was even served.
This is now my husband's favorite salad. And our company raved about it as well. The combination of flavors just seemed to work so well together.
We loved this salad. It's such a nice change. I didn't have access to alot of fresh basil so I used what I had and stacked the leaves and sliced them thinly. It distributed better in the toss. The candied walnuts are to die for. The broiled tomatoes are warm and creamy in the salad. My husband loved this salad because he said it tasted so fresh. I dressed enough spinach for two but made up the entire dressing recipe so we could use a little extra dressing. The results were yummy.
Each component of this recipe was good, but I didn't care for everything together. The combination of spinach, basil, and the dressing was simple and perfect, but the flavor was lost when combined with everything else.On a humorous note: One of my three teenage boys said it tasted like lawn care with dressing, but you can look at this positively if you apply the comment to freshness.
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