Ingredients with Measurements:
- 6 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1/2 cup Pecorino Lucano cheese, shaved
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Salt and pepper to taste

Special equipment needed:
- None

Step-by-step instructions:
1. Rinse the baby spinach leaves and pat them dry with paper towels.
2. In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach leaves, shaved Pecorino Lucano cheese, chopped walnuts, and dried cranberries.
3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper until well combined.
4. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat.
5. Serve immediately.

- Time:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: None
- Room temperature
Serving size:
- 4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 190
- Fat: 15g
- Carbohydrates: 10g
- Protein: 6g
- Fiber: 2g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Baby spinach leaves can be substituted with arugula or mixed greens.
- Pecorino Lucano cheese can be substituted with Parmesan or Asiago cheese.
- Walnuts can be substituted with pecans or almonds.
- Dried cranberries can be substituted with raisins or chopped dried apricots.
- Balsamic vinegar can be substituted with red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
- Honey can be substituted with maple syrup or agave nectar.

- Add sliced red onions or cherry tomatoes for extra flavor and color.
- Top the salad with grilled chicken or shrimp for a complete meal.
- Use different types of nuts or dried fruits for variety.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to dry the spinach leaves thoroughly to prevent the dressing from becoming watery.
- Shave the Pecorino Lucano cheese with a vegetable peeler for a delicate texture.
- Toast the walnuts in a dry skillet for a few minutes to enhance their flavor.

Storage instructions:
- This salad is best served fresh and should not be stored for more than a few hours.

Reheating instructions:
- N/A

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the salad in a large glass bowl to showcase the vibrant colors of the ingredients.
- Garnish with fresh herbs such as parsley or basil.

- Fresh herbs such as parsley or basil.

- This salad pairs well with grilled meats or fish.

Suggested side dishes:
- Garlic bread or roasted vegetables.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the dressing is too tart, add more honey to balance the flavors.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to wash the spinach leaves thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris.

Food history:
- Pecorino Lucano cheese is a type of Italian sheep's milk cheese that originated in the Basilicata region of southern Italy.

Flavor profiles:
- The salad has a sweet and tangy flavor from the balsamic vinegar and honey, with a nutty crunch from the walnuts and a salty kick from the Pecorino Lucano cheese.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve the salad as a side dish or a light lunch.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Savory, Tangy, Salty, Nutty, Herbal