I created this salad based on a number of factors: Having a bag of spinach in the fridge that I needed to use. Seeing dried cranberries on sale at the local Sunflower market. Needing to use some feta cheese and sliced almonds that I had on hand. And isn't everything better with bacon on it?
This is also one of the simplest meals to put together. It takes a matter of very few minutes. And the only thing to watch out for is overdoing the salad dressing--too much and you'll have wilty spinach.
Here's how the finished product looks:
And here's the recipe:
Spinach and Cranberry Salad
8-10 cups fresh spinach
1/3 cup dried cranberries
¼ cup bacon crumbles (I use the Costco kind, but fresh cooked would no doubt be delightful)
¼ cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
2-3 Tbs. raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing (I use Sunflower’s brand because it’s cheap and tasty; I think any brand or homemade recipe would work fine).
The measures here are pretty approximate. I just put stuff in until it looks balanced (or until I run out of whatever ingredient). Add all the ingredients and toss with dressing just before serving.