From Christina Pirello, Emmy Award–winning host of Public Television’s Christina Cooks
20 minutes prep time Serves 4
1/3 c granulated maple sugar
6 Tbsp organic extra-virgin olive oil, divided
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, divided
1 c organic shelled unsalted peanuts
6 to 8 oz organic baby spinach, rinsed very well
1 large, ripe organic mango, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
Cracked black pepper
1. Lightly oil sheet of aluminum foil.
2. To make peanuts, combine maple sugar, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1 tablespoon vinegar in skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring until syrup develops, about 3 minutes.
3. Add peanuts and cook, stirring constantly, until nuts are coated with syrup and toasted, about 7 minutes. Spread nuts on foil and using a fork, separate them so they don’t stick together. Set aside to allow coating to harden.
4. To make salad, combine baby spinach, mango slices, and cooled peanuts in mixing bowl. Toss gently with remaining oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve.