Salads and Dressings

Spiced Candied Almonds, Blueberry & Avocado Salad

Recipe and photo courtesy Jennifer Farley of Savory Simple

Ingredients

For the almonds:
●     1/2 tablespoon California Olive Ranch Arbequina Olive Oil
●     1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
●     1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
●     1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
●     1/4 teaspoon sea salt
●     1 cup California Almonds

For the salad:
●     6 ounce clamshell fresh blueberries
●     1/4 cup California Olive Ranch Arbequina Olive Oil
●     1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
●     Pinch of sea salt and pepper
●     4 - 6 cups baby arugula
●     1 California Avocado, sliced

Directions

1. Prepare the almonds: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl, combine the olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, cayenne and sea salt. Add the almonds and stir until coated evenly. Spread in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil. Bake the almonds for 10 minutes, stir, and then bake for an additional 10 minutes. Allow to cool.

2. Prepare the dressing: Turn the oven up to 400 degrees F. Place 1 cup of the blueberries onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Roast for 12-16 minutes, gently shaking the pan every 4 minutes so that the blueberries cook evenly. Allow to cool and then add the blueberries and pan juices to a blender. Add the olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.

3. Prepare the salad: Divide the arugula evenly onto 4 plates. Top with spiced candied almonds, avocado slices, the remaining blueberries and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Drizzle the vinaigrette on top and serve.

Time Level Yield
30 minutes   Easy   4 servings

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