Thursday, May 23, 2013

Toasted Hazelnut & Summer Berry Salad with Frangelico Dressing

Toasted Hazelnut & Summer Berry Salad with Frangelico Dressing

I often think after visiting the West Coast that I would love to live on the west coast.  Sunny skies, sandy beaches, mild temperatures, etc.  But then I come back to my Midwest home and remember why I love living here – the change in seasons.

We have a very distinct, especially this year it seems, separation of spring, summer, winter and fall.  And most of all, I love that, toward the end of one season, everyone has a huge anticipation for the following season.  And while fall will probably continue to be my favorite, weather-wise, Spring wins the award for best produce.

My friends, the farmer’s markets are open, my herb garden is planted, the trees and plants and shrubs in our yard are in bloom and I’m determined to grow a green thumb!  But regardless of my current gardening abilities, I can make a mean salad.  I love, love, love throwing fresh berries onto a salad of spinach, which is the base for this one.

Toasted Hazelnut & Summer Berry Salad with Frangelico Dressing

And I decided to take a little risk with this dressing.  Working with Frangelico has opened my eyes to new salad dressing possibilities.  The idea popped into my mind when I thought about adding toasted hazelnuts to a salad – so why not make a dressing out of hazelnut liqueur?

Fortunately, Frangelico is not a cream-based liqueur so the dressing is low in calories, light-tasting, sweet and spring-y. I was afraid it would be way too sweet but the oil and herbs balanced it perfectly and this will definitely be a favorite go-to salad this summer!

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Toasted Hazelnut & Summer Berry Salad with Frangelico Dressing

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Toasted Hazelnut & Summer Berry Salad with Frangelico Dressing

Yield: 2 as a main dish; 4 as a side

Total Time: 20 min

A summer-inspired salad with fresh baby spinach, strawberries, blueberries, asiago cheese, toasted hazelnuts and a homemade Frangelico Vinaigrette.

Ingredients:

for the dressing:
1/4 cup + 2 Tbs. grapeseed (or olive) oil
1 Tbs. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 clove garlic, grated

for the salad:
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
4 cups baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
2 cups fresh strawberries, quartered
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup grated asiago cheese + more for serving

Directions:

Mix the dressing in a jar or dressing cruet until combined.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the hazelnuts to the dry pan and toast for 5-6 minutes, shaking often, until then hazelnuts are golden brown and fragrant. Remove from the pan.

In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries, blueberries and toasted hazelnuts. Toss with tongs until all ingredients are distributed evenly. Add 1/4 cup asiago cheese and serve with the prepared dressing. Garnish with additional cheese as desired.

Serve with the dressing.

Cassie’s Notes:
If you plan to serve this salad as a main dish, you might try adding some grilled chicken or shrimp just before serving.

Toasted Hazelnut & Summer Berry Salad with Frangelico Dressing

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Frangelico.  All opinions are my own. 

 

45 Responses to “Toasted Hazelnut & Summer Berry Salad with Frangelico Dressing”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 23, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    So perfect for summer! Love that dressing especially.

  2. #
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — May 23, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    What a great flavor combo for summer! Love the hazelnut twist!

  3. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 23, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    Nice! I just posted a Frangelico recipe today as well! Your dressing sounds drinkably good 🙂

  4. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — May 23, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    Yum – loving the flavors in this!! My mom loves hazelnut oil on salads. I bet she’d like this too!

  5. #
    Tieghan — May 23, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    This dressing sounds incredible!! I too love fresh spring produce and the change of seasons!!

  6. #
    Cookin Canuck — May 23, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Frangelico dressing…now that is brilliant! You are truly making those farmer’s markets ingredients shine in this salad.

  7. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 23, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    I feel just the same way about the seasons! The farmers market is heaven right now.
    Hazelnuts have become my latest spurge, and I’ve been adding them to just about EVERYTHING, and Frangelico dressing…genius Cassie!

  8. #
    Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine — May 23, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    wow cassie! This looks so good! I would add some shrimp to mine! Would make a perfect summer lunch!

  9. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — May 23, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    Hazelnut liquor for the dressing? Sounds incredible and something I totally need to try!

  10. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 23, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    This salad looks delicious!

  11. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 23, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    I’d miss the seasons too! 🙂

  12. #
    Cookin' Cowgirl — May 23, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Hazelnuts, YUM! What a perfect addition to this lovely salad! Perfect, Cassie!

  13. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 23, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    Absolutely loving this salad!

  14. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 23, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    This salad is so gorgeous. Those berries are incredible!

  15. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 23, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    What a fun idea to put Frangelico into a dressing – it sounds perfect for spring! I have never actually tried Frangelico, but it sounds delicious.

  16. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 23, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    Ditto on the season thing! If I lived on the west coast I could wear my faux furs and super cute boots! Oh, and this salad, love!

  17. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — May 23, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    What a creative recipe for salad! I never get to creative when it comes to my greens but this post is inspiring me to do so.

  18. #
    Joanne — May 23, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    I would totally be happy to throw some chickpeas or white beans into this and call it a main dish! Adding berries to dinner makes it so much more fun.

  19. #
    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! — May 23, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    Looks so fresh and delicious. Great idea to use Frangelico in a dressing! I never would’ve thought of it!

  20. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — May 23, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    CA born and raised. I lived in Minnesota for 12 years, though. I’d love to say I enjoyed the seasons, but…nope. While absolutely beautiful, yes, I couldn’t take the winters. I am weak and apparently don’t have enough body fat. And I can enjoy this salad all year long!

  21. #
    DessertForTwo — May 24, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    This sounds fantastic! Yes, spring has been quite nice in the midWest, right? I don’t miss California summers at all! 🙂

  22. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — May 24, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    Great salad recipe, Cassie! Love the Frangelico dressing!

  23. #
    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — May 24, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    What a nice summer salad!

  24. #
    Deborah — May 24, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    I love having all 4 seasons as well, although the Spring and Fall tend to be too short! This salad is gorgeous – love the fresh berries in it!

  25. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — May 24, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    This looks absolutely beautiful, Cassie! And I love the Frangelico! 🙂

  26. #
    nessa — May 24, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    I’m allergic to nuts; can I leave them out? Thanks!

  27. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — May 24, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    The West Coast would love to have you! But you would probably miss the trees changing color in the fall and the feeling of spring. I love this dressing you made, homemade dressing are the best.

  28. #
    ashley - baker by nature — May 24, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    You always get me with your pretty salads, Cassie! This one is so perfect for Summer!

  29. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — May 24, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    This looks like the perfect summer lunch salad! It sounds so good with the hazelnuts and berries. Perfection! Pinned 🙂

  30. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — May 24, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    Oooh, Frangelico dressing, so very clever Cassie! Hazelnuts are one of my faves, what a yummy looking salad!

  31. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 24, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    Such a gorgeous salad, I love it!

  32. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — May 24, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    what a lovely salad!! i love hazelnuts but don’t ever buy them, no idea why since they are so tasty!

  33. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — May 25, 2013 @ 2:30 am

    Frangelico dressing?! Wow! So creative, Cassie 🙂

  34. #
    Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare — May 25, 2013 @ 11:42 pm

    What an awesome twist on a regular spinach salad! I love hazelnuts and Frangelico.

  35. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — May 26, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    I love a good salad! These flavors sound soooo darn good!

  36. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — May 27, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

    Beautiful salad 🙂 I have to try that dressing, sounds fantastic!

  37. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — May 27, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    It was just pure brilliance to add Frangelico to salad dressing and this is a gorgeous salad.

  38. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — May 28, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Frangelico dressing?! That sounds pretty awesome. I don’t like any type of dressing but involve some booze and there’s a possibility I might like it. 😉

  39. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — May 28, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Never, never did I think of using Frangelico in salad dressing, I absolutely love that idea. And this is a beautiful salad by the way.

  40. #
    Megan {Countrycleaver} — May 28, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    You’re on a roll with the Frangelico – and I love it!!

  41. #
    angela @ another bite please — May 28, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    being from WI I too love the change of seasons in the midwest…winter could always be a bit shorter though 😉 then we can get more local produce to make this salad…looks great.

  42. #
    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — May 29, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

    Oh, Cassie! You are now my salad dressing guru as well as popcorn guru! Looooove Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur…whether in cold or hot drinks, or in my baking. It’s even in my Pumpkin Pie Martini! Def going to make this dressing using olive oil (I don’t think it’s too heavy for salads like some do)…with chopped hazelnuts, or toasted hazelnuts. What a fabulous twist on Greek Salad Dressing which we are having tonight! BRAVO! xo

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