This is not your ordinary Spinach Salad - so this is perfect for me! I also said that I don't enjoy things as much if I make them. Today I'll have to retract that statement. This salad not only makes a great presentation but is quite yummy even if you make it yourself. This is the salad I made for the Conversation Heart Valentine Party, a Spinach Salad in a Parmesan Frico Cup, take a look~Parmesan Frico Cups
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan
Place a silpat mat on a baking sheet. Place 6 (1/4-cup) mounds of Parmesan cheese on the mat and gently tap down until each mound is flat and 4 1/2 to 5 inches in diameter.
I used a cookie cutter to make them uniform in size.
Remove Cookie Cutter
Working quickly, use a thin spatula to transfer the Parmesan Frico to a muffin tin (I used a small bowl). Gently place a small drinking glass on top of the Parmesan Frico to mold it into the shape of the muffin cups. Let cool until firm, about 5 minutes. Continue with the remaining Parmesan cheese.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (I only used 2 Tlb.)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a jar or a tight-sealing plastic container.
Shake to blend.
6 ounces baby spinach leaves (about 6 cups)
1 orange, cut into segments
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss to combine. Divide the salad among the Parmesan Frico Cups and serve immediately.
Recipe By Giada De Laurentiis
Until today, I had no idea what a Frico was. So I will tell you what I learned.
A Frico, known in America is a cheese crisp.