Spinach Salad with Fig Dressing


Here's a delicious salad I make when I want to serve a special Italian dinner. It makes a wonderful Insalata course.

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons fig jam
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 pounds fresh spinach
1 cup toasted English walnuts
1 cup dried figs, chopped
Fresh Parmesan, slivered

In a high speed blender, combine olive oil, vinegar, jam, mustard, and salt and pepper. Mix together until smooth. In a large bowl, toss spinach with dressing and top each salad serving with walnuts, figs and slivered Parmesan. Sprinkle with ground black pepper if desired. 
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