Warm, toasty dressing tossed with the natural sweetness of dried figs and the salty flavor of feta cheese – what could be better? Serve this up for the holidays as a unique, heart-healthy salad!

Warm Spinach Salad with Dried Figs and Feta

Ingredients

1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup (about 10) Sun-Maid Calimyrna Figs or Mission Figs, stemmed and quartered
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons sherry or cider vinegar
8 cups (6-ounces) baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup toasted, chopped hazelnuts
Cracked black pepper

Preparation

In a medium skillet or saucepan over medium heat, SAUTE onion in olive oil for 2 minutes or until softened.
STIR in figs, brown sugar and sherry or vinegar.
SIMMER 30 seconds, stirring until figs are coated.
In a large bowl, TOSS spinach and warm fig dressing.
SERVE immediately sprinkled with feta and nuts.
SEASON with black pepper to taste.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Sun-Maid Raisins.*