Picual Oil Recipe

Spiced Candied Almonds, Blueberry & Avocado Salad

Recipe and photo courtesy Jennifer Farley of Savory Simple

    INGREDIENTS

    For the almonds:

    • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 cup California Almonds

    For the salad:

    • 6 ounce clamshell fresh blueberries
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • Pinch of sea salt and pepper
    • 4 – 6 cups baby arugula
    • 1 California Avocado, sliced

    PREPARATION

    1. Prepare the almonds: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl, combine the extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, cayenne and sea salt. Add the almonds and stir until coated evenly. Spread in a single layer on a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil. Bake the almonds for 10 minutes, stir, and then bake for an additional 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
    2. Prepare the dressing: Turn the oven up to 400 degrees F. Place 1 cup of the blueberries onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Roast for 12-16 minutes, gently shaking the pan every 4 minutes so that the blueberries cook evenly. Allow to cool and then add the blueberries and pan juices to a blender. Add the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.
    3. Prepare the salad: Divide the arugula evenly onto 4 plates. Top with spiced candied almonds, avocado slices, the remaining blueberries and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Drizzle the vinaigrette on top and serve.

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