This spinach and nectarine salad with an easy homemade orange citrus vinaigrette makes a delightful side or main dish.

Spinach and Nectarine Salad on plate

A spinach salad is so pretty topped with colorful fruit, crumbled cheese and candied walnuts.

The fruit in this spinach salad includes thick slices of nectarine and dried cranberries.

And the sweet and tart taste of nectarine and cranberry tastes so good together with the savory taste of the crumbled blue cheese.

Spinach and Nectarine Salad on plate

About the Candied Walnuts

Since nuts go so well with fruit and cheese, it only seems fitting that candied walnuts be added to the mix.

Candied walnuts are easier than you may think to make.

In this recipe the candied walnuts are made with granulated sugar and a pinch of salt in a skillet.

The walnuts and sugar need to be constantly stirred and watched so that they don’t burn.

The good news is that they only take 5 minutes to make.

Then they just need to cool before adding them to the salad.

But beware, it’s the “cooling” process where it can be risky for the chef because it’s REALLY easy to munch on them.

About the Orange Citrus Vinaigrette

This recipe also includes a delightful orange citrus vinaigrette that’s quick and easy to make.

The flavorful tang in this vinaigrette comes from grapefruit juice, orange juice and white wine vinegar which tastes fresh and delicious on this salad.

Here are more recipes with fruit you may like “Double Banana Pancakes“, “Mango, Blueberry and Ginger Galette” and “Grilled Nectarine and Blueberry Salsa“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Spinach and Nectarine Salad Ingredients

Salad – fresh spinach, chives (or the tops of green onions) crumbled blue cheese, dried cranberries, nectarines, walnuts, sugar, and salt

Salad Dressing Ingredients

Vinaigrette – grapefruit juice, orange juice, white wine vinegar, olive oil, sugar, and salt

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

For the Candied Walnuts:

Walnuts and Sugar in Pan

Heat a medium size skillet on low to medium heat.

Walnuts and Sugar in Pan

Add the sugar, walnuts and two dashes of salt.

Walnuts in Pan

Continuously stir until the sugar starts to liquefy.

Walnuts in Pan

Watch closely so that the sugar and walnuts don’t get too hot and burn.

Candied Walnuts on Plate

Keep stirring so that the walnuts are coated with the liquefied sugar (about 5 minutes).

Candied Walnuts on Plate

Once done, transfer the candied walnuts from the skillet onto a glass plate and spread them out so they’re not lumped together.

Set aside to cool.

For the Salad:

Spinach on Plate

On the serving plates,

Spinach on Plate

…add spinach leaves,

Spinach and Cheese on Plate

…blue cheese,

Cranberry Cheese Spinach on Plate

…and dried cranberries.

Chopped Green Onion on board

Chop the chives,

Spinach and Cheese Salad on plate

…and add them to the salad.

Cut Nectarines on board

Next,

Spinach and Nectarine Salad on plate

with the skin on, cut the nectarine fruit from the seed…

Spinach and Nectarine Salad on plate

…and cut the nectarines into fairly thick slices (about an inch thick).

Spinach and Nectarine Salad on plate

Lay the sliced nectarines on top of the salad.

Spinach and Nectarine Salad on plate

Then top with candied walnuts.

Spinach and Nectarine Salad on plate

Set aside for a moment.

For the Orange Citrus Vinaigrette:

Citrus Vinaigrette in Bowl

In a small bowl, add grapefruit juice, orange juice, sugar, white wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt.

Whisk together.

Spinach and Nectarine Salad on plate

Just before serving, drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad.

Spinach and Nectarine Salad on plate

And…

Spinach and Nectarine Salad on plate

…enjoy.

Spinach and Nectarine Salad on plate

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Spinach and Nectarine Salad

Spinach, Nectarine and Citrus Vinaigrette Salad

This spinach and nectarine salad with an easy homemade orange citrus vinaigrette makes a delightful side or main dish.
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Ingredients

For the Candied Walnuts:

  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 dashes salt

For the Salad:

  • 1/2 to 3/4 bunch fresh spinach
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives or the tops of 2 green onions
  • 3 nectarines fruit cut from the seed (skin-on) in fairly thick slices (1 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup Candied Walnuts

For the Orange Citrus Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice bottled or fresh squeezed
  • 1 medium to large orange, juiced (equals about 1/4 cup juice) or use orange juice from a carton
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 dashes salt

Instructions

For the Candied Walnuts:

  • Heat a medium size skillet on low to medium heat.  Add sugar, walnuts, and salt. 
  • Continuously stir until the sugar starts to liquefy. Watch closely so that the sugar and the walnuts don't get too hot and burn.
  • Keep stirring so that the walnuts are coated with the liquefied sugar (about 5 minutes). 
  • Once done, carefully transfer the walnuts from the skillet and spread them out on a glass plate. Set aside to cool.

For the Salad:

  • On serving plates add spinach, blue cheese, dried cranberries, and chopped chives (or the tops of green onions). 
  • On top of the salad, lay sliced nectarines.  Then top with candied walnuts.
  • Serve with drizzles of Orange Citrus Vinaigrette.

For the Orange Citrus Vinaigrette:

  • In a small bowl, add grapefruit juice, orange juice, sugar, white wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt. Whisk together.
  • Just before serving the salad, drizzle the vinaigrette on top.