With washed spinach--baby and otherwise--available in most supermarkets these days, a fresh spinach salad is almost no work at all. Adding just a few great ingredients like cranberries and gorgonzola makes it a very special salad. Toasting the pecans brings out their rich, sweet flavor.
This was a very good (winter) salad and I had everything on hand for a spontaneous dinner with friends. Used Maytag Blue Cheese (duh!) and used just half a cup of that and of the pecans. Used the lemon zest as I didn't have the lemon-flavored oil. Perfect! Served with CL's White Bean and Turkey Chili and my friend brought fresh baked bread. It's a keeper!