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Provided by Ree Drummond : Food Network

Categories     side-dish

Time 35m

Yield 8 to 10 servings

Number Of Ingredients 20

1/4 cup shelled raw unsalted pistachios
1/4 cup chopped raw unsalted hazelnuts
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups baby arugula
2 cups baby kale
2 cups baby spinach
2 cups quartered and sliced radicchio
3 mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan


  • For the candied nuts: In a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, toast the pistachios and hazelnuts until fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar, salt, vanilla and 1 tablespoon water directly to the pan with the nuts and stir to coat them. Cook until the sugar has dissolved, about 1 additional minute. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to cool, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • For the dressing: Combine the olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper in a mason jar. Secure the lid and shake to combine. Set aside.
  • For the salad: Spread the arugula, kale and spinach over a large round platter, leaving space in the center of the platter (it should look like a holiday wreath). Top the greens with the radicchio. Arrange the mandarin segments over the greens. Sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds, cranberries, blueberries and cooled candied nuts.
  • Lastly, sprinkle with the Parmesan, creating the look of snow. Shake the dressing one more time and pour it into a serving bowl. Place the bowl in the center of the platter and serve.

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