A Springtime Treat: Spinach Salad and Moscato

Spinach salad with oranges and sesame seeds, top viewWines made from the Muscat family of grapes often exude aromas and flavors of fresh oranges.

That makes this dish — something you probably didn’t have over the long, cold winter — a perfect pairing partner for Moscato. This recipe yields about 5 servings.



  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 2 oranges, zested
  • 2 small oranges, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces spinach, pre-washed


  1. Toast nuts over low heat in a small skillet until crisp and fragrant.
  1. In a blender, combine the orange zest, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  1. With the blender running, add the olive oil in a steady stream until combined.
  1. Transfer to a container and store in the refrigerator.
  1. To serve, put the spinach in a large bowl, and toss with enough of the vinaigrette to coat. Sprinkle with the toasted walnuts, toss again, and serve.
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