Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins
Snowflakes and crimson bulbs atop Christmas trees...figuratively speaking. I accidentally invented this savory salad which can also be used to explain the significance of Christ's birth to children. Amounts are approximate (I never measure!).
- 8 cups fresh spinach, cleaned
- 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
- 1⁄4 cup sliced almonds
- 1⁄4 cup feta
- 1⁄4 cup green onion (scallions)
- 6 slices bacon
- hot bacon salad dressing or sweet and sour dressing
- Microwave bacon for about five minutes (cover with paper towel) or until almost crisp.
- Reserve bacon grease for hot bacon dressing (if making).
- Microwave almonds for two minutes (stirring once) in same plate used for cooking bacon.
- While those items are being microwaved, wash and chop green onions finely.
- Put spinach in large serving bowl.
- Explain that it represents the Christmas tree which will later be made into the cross of Christ.
- Add green onions.
- Add dried cranberries.
- Explain that the red symbolizes Christ's blood shed on the cross to pay the price for our sin.
- Crumble in bacon.
- Crumble in feta.
- Explain that the white stands for Christ's innocent blood washing away our sins and making us pure.
- Sprinkle with almonds.
- Stir in dressing (there are many great recipes for hot bacon and sweet and sour dressings on Zaar, but if you're in a hurry, just mix up vinegar, oil or bacon drippings, sugar, salt).
- Toss well and serve immediately.
Delicious recipe. Made it a few times for pot-lucks and everyone raves. Need to complete the symbolism for all the ingredients, however, which would be cool for Sunday kids.
With Easter coming up I thought I'd give it a try...fantastic colours, great flavours. I work in a primary school so intend to make it at cookery club. I will let you know what they thought...either way it's a keeper for me! Update: I have made this salad many times although I never got round to make it at cookery club, but a definate keeper at home. Great served as a side salad to accompany chicken or as a stand alone lunch dish. Thanks Pichonline.