Spinach-Apple Salad With Maple-Cider Vinaigrette

  • Layla207 Posted: 12/07/09
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    It looked beautiful and tasted great! I followed everything to the T except for using green onions instead of red. My husband said it was one of the best salads he's ever had. The flavors all compliment eachother amazingly. I'll definitely make this one again!

  • EllenM Posted: 12/09/09
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    Best salad ever. Add grilled chicken for a complete meal. Easy to prepare, beautiful presentation. I substituted feta cheese in place of the the goat cheese, simply because I like it better. The dressing adds a wonderful finishing touch. Great way to impress dinner guests.

  • stencraz Posted: 11/29/09
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    My sister in law brought this salad to Thanksgiving dinner and it was wonderful. A big hit with everyone. Great combination of flavors!

  • SharonWilliams Posted: 12/24/10
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    This is wonderful! My family and friends loved it made with pears. The dressing is especially good. I made it for Thanksgiving and will make it for Christmas.

  • carmelita Posted: 06/10/10
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    I first made this for Thanksgiving - RAVE reviews... even my picky Dad liked it and talked about it to everyone. My son asks for it all the time. It's a winner. YUMMMMMMMM

  • Innlover Posted: 01/05/10
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    The only reason I give this a 4 star is because I felt the cider vinegar overpowered the dressing flavors. Otherwise, the salad, as a whole, is excellent. I added a bit more maple syrup and mustard to quiet the strength of the vinegar. The sugared pecans were outstanding. I served this at a luncheon of innkeepers and a couple of them requested the recipe. I also used baby romaine instead of spinach as that's what I had on hand and it was excellent. Definitely will be making again with a little change on the vinaigrette.

  • amdphoto Posted: 02/09/10
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    This was great. Three of us here at the office ate it for lunch and it was great. I did add a little more mustard and syrup to the dressing after reading the suggestion. It was perfect with some grilled chicken. We also used feta cheese.

  • Harleymama Posted: 12/14/09
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    Loved the salad. I made it for friends and everybody wanted a copy of the recipe.

  • mom2four Posted: 02/18/10
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    Everytime I have made this salad it has gotten rave reviews. Even the men like it! This is 1 of my top 10 favorite recipes.

  • CookinginPF Posted: 08/10/10
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    Excellent salad. I received many compliments when I served it. I substituted mixed greens for the spinach. I'm planning on making a batch of the pecans for snacking - yum.

  • hbanderson Posted: 11/25/10
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    So, so good! Everybody loved it at Thanksgiving dinner. I made the recipe as written. I did keep the nuts separate because we had one allergy, but the rest of us put them on our salad servings, and I think the nuts really make the salad. They were so delicious, we couldn't stop eating them out of hand before dinner. I think some mixed nuts with the sugared curried treatment would be great for snacking.

  • ellie58 Posted: 12/26/10
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    Served this for Christmas. WOW! Made pecans and dressing a day ahead. Very simple to put together. Taste explosion,all ingredients worked so well together. I will be making this often.

  • cindylou52 Posted: 08/13/11
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    This is a wonderful salad. I added arugula to the spinach and had sliced grilled chicken on top to make it a complete meal. The dressing is amazing. I didn't make the pecans....I used peppered and orange pecans with cranberries from Costco - This salad is SO easy and delicious - worthy of five stars and a great addition to serve your guests.

  • monstead Posted: 01/09/12
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    Made this Christmas Day and it was a big hit. Both my Mom and SIL wanted the recipe. A few days later, I made it for a couple of friends and they "oohed and aahed" and also requested the recipe. The dressing is fantastic! You will have plenty left-over which you can use for other salads. The pecans were a hit as well. They are a little sweet (not too much though) with a hint of a little kick from the red pepper. I omitted the curry the first time as my brother doesn't care for it. The next time I used it, despite not being a fan of curry myself. I decided what the heck...1/8 tsp isn't much and I wanted to see if it made a difference. My (admittedly unsophisticated) palate didn't notice much of a difference from the first batch, so if you or your family/guests are "curry-phobic", it shouldn't turn anyone off. Since it was Christmas, I added dried Cranberries...a very nice touch. This one is definitely a "keeper"!!

  • sandramcnutt Posted: 12/14/11
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    Fabulous. Everyone loved it . I might cut back on the curry powder and could add pears also next time.

  • pongsmom Posted: 05/20/12
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    this salad was so delicious it was delightful

  • Lana1530 Posted: 11/26/12
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    Great tasting salad! The Pecans really make it, and I made an adjustment and used a little less dressing, so it wouldn't be soggy! Glad I did. I also used a little more syrup and mustard to tone down the vinegar. Very tasty, a keeper!

  • lrenfroe Posted: 12/23/12
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    Very good salad and easy to make! The entire family loves it!! I use an arugula/spinach mix and omit the onions but otherwise everything else is the same.

  • StephMerrifield Posted: 11/01/12
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    this is our top salad recipe. We sub pears and blue cheese, but follow all other ingredients and directions exactly. Cut dressing recipe in half - makes a ton.

  • AlyssumFlowers Posted: 03/05/13
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    Easy and a bright fresh taste. Awesome spin to liven up a salad and even my boyfriend who hates any type of veggie approved.. I think it was the delicious candied pecans.

  • AmyNJames Posted: 01/03/13
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    I served this salad Christmas day. It was so good, several people went back for seconds. Now when does that happen with salad?! This is my all-time favorite salad recipe.

  • GolferBabe21 Posted: 12/24/12
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    I fixed this for our family Christmas Eve dinner. Nothing but raves and it was all gone! A wonderful combination of flavors.

  • creaghzy Posted: 11/29/12
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    This recipe has already become a favorite. The nuts are a great snack on their own and the dressing could complement many salads. Use a good quality apple cider vinegar and you won't be disappointed. A really great, simple, and versatile recipe.

  • TravelGardenEat Posted: 03/04/14
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    Made this salad recipe for book club, and people asked for seconds. Excellent year-round salad option, with light but flavorful dressing. The candied/baked pecans add a flavorful touch, not too much curry or ginger, but a nice complexity of spices balancing the base ingredients. I added a little blue cheese to the cheese mix, rather than just goat cheese, which I would do again. Great do-ahead salad, baking pecans and mixing dressing in advance and just tossing before serving. Quick, easy yet sophisticated enough to take to a dinner party.

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