Did you know that cranberries promote heart health? Cranberries are high in flavonoids that reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis which reduces blood flow within the arteries. Ongoing research continues to suggest that cranberries may offer a natural defense against arteriosclerosis, which can lead to heart attacks, angina and blood clots.
- 1/2 pound hickory smoked bacon slices, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
- 2 (6-ounce) containers baby spinach
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup Danish blue cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 teaspoon honey
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Fry chopped bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until brown and crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined 1/4-sheet tray to drain.
Toast pecans in the oven on a 1/4-sheet tray until lightly golden and fragrant, about 6 minutes.
In a medium bowl mash the blue cheese with a fork. Mix in the buttermilk, sour cream, honey, salt and pepper, to taste.
Combine baby spinach, red onion, pecans, dried cranberries and bacon in large bowl. Toss with the dressing immediately before serving.