SALAD WITH CRAN-RASPBERRY DRESSING
1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened raspberries, thawed and drained
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup vinegar
1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
1/3 cup dried cranberries
3 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup sunflower kernels
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 Place raspberries in a blender; cover and process until pureed. Strain and discard seeds; set puree aside.
2 In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, celery seed, cinnamon and cloves. Stir in the cranberry juice, vinegar and reserved raspberry puree. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat; cool. Cover and refrigerate.
3 In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, oranges, cranberries, onions, sunflower kernels, pecans and almonds. Drizzle with dressing; gently toss to coat. Refrigerate any leftover dressing.
Yield: 12 servings.