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Ham-Pecan Tossed Salad

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 20 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 5 servings
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Sweet and crunchy caramelized pecans and fruit make this spinach-iceberg lettuce salad ideal for a special luncheon. Pass a basket of assorted small rolls or miniature muffins as an accompaniment.

Ingredients

DRESSING

1/4
cup oil
2
tablespoons cider vinegar
1
tablespoon sugar

SALAD

3
cups torn iceberg lettuce
3
cups torn fresh spinach
2
cups cubed cooked ham
1
cup seedless red grapes, halved
1/4
cup sliced green onions
1
(11-oz.) can mandarin orange segments, chilled, drained
1/2
cup caramelized pecan halves*

Steps

  • 1 In small jar with tight-fitting lid, combine all dressing ingredients; shake well.
  • 2 In large bowl, combine all salad ingredients except pecans; toss gently. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat.
  • 3 Just before serving, add pecans; toss gently.
  • 1 In small jar with tight-fitting lid, combine all dressing ingredients; shake well.
  • 2 In large bowl, combine all salad ingredients except pecans; toss gently. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat.
  • 3 Just before serving, add pecans; toss gently.

Expert Tips

* To make caramelized pecans, in small heavy saucepan, heat 1/4 cup sugar over medium-high heat for 4 minutes or until sugar melts, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 cup pecan halves; stir until coated. Remove from heat. Pour onto waxed paper. Cool completely; break apart.

Pecans are native American nuts that grow on a species of hickory tree. Rich and buttery in flavor, they're prized for their taste and texture. Most pecans are grown in the southern United States, with Georgia the leading producer. Pecans have a fat content of more than 70%, higher than any other nut. Because of this high fat content, store pecans carefully to prevent them from becoming rancid. Store unshelled pecans in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to six months. Store shelled pecans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three months or in the freezer for up tp six months.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
360
Calories from Fat
190
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
32%
Saturated Fat
3g
15%
Cholesterol
25mg
8%
Sodium
830mg
35%
Total Carbohydrate
29g
10%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
24g
24%
Protein
14g
14%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%
60%
Vitamin C
50%
50%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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