I wanted to include a version of charoset in my book, but I decided to take it a step further, so I created this charoset-inspired salad, with all of the flavors you expect to find: cinnamon, wine, nuts, apples, and more. During our photo shoot preparation, the kitchen support staff all raved about this salad and kept wanting to remake it just so they could enjoy it again and again.
- Be careful when working with the candied almonds, as hot sugar can cause a painful burn.
- This recipe makes a large quantity of dressing. Keep any extra in the fridge and use it to dress salads all week.
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- 1 cup blanched, sliced almonds
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup cream Malaga or sweet red wine
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¾ cup oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 5-6 ounces baby spinach OR choice of lettuce
- 3 Granny Smith apples, with peel, diced
- 8 dried dates, pitted and diced
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
2. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add almonds, sugar, and cinnamon; cook for approximately five minutes, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved — do not overcook or sugar will burn.
3. Spread the nuts in a single layer on prepared baking pan; set aside to cool.
4. Nuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week.
1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a container; cover tightly and shake to combine.
2. Dressing can be prepared ahead and stored in the fridge for about a week.
1. Add spinach, apples, dates, and candied almonds to a large bowl. Just before serving, drizzle with desired amount of dressing (you will have extra); toss to combine.
Recipe reprinted from Perfect for Pesach: Passover recipes you'll want to make all year by Naomi Nachman (Mesorah Publications 2017).