I have made this recipe several times, and it is always a huge hit. I add Gorgonzola crumbles and sometimes seared duck breast to make it a main dish. I have also used apricots in place of the plums and had great results.
Spinach Salad with Stone Fruits and Maple-Spiced Pecans
Serve with sautéed chicken or duck breast. You can make the pecans (through step 2) ahead of time and store them in an airtight container for up to one week.
Yield: 6 servings
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 121
- Calories from fat: 28%
- Fat: 3.8g
- Saturated fat: 0.4g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.2g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
- Protein: 1.3g
- Carbohydrate: 22.6g
- Fiber: 1.9g
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- Iron: 1mg
- Sodium: 253mg
- Calcium: 26mg
- 6 tablespoons chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper, divided
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 2 ripe peeled, sliced peaches
- 2 ripe peeled, sliced plums
- 6 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1. Preheat oven to 325°.
- 2. Combine pecans, 1 tablespoon syrup, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl, tossing well to coat. Spread pecan mixture evenly onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 15 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes. Cool completely on baking sheet on a wire rack. Break nut mixture into small pieces.
- 3. Combine remaining 1/3 cup syrup, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper, vinegar, mustard, and ginger in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
- 4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add vinegar mixture to pan; cook 1 minute or until hot. Add onion, peaches, and plums to pan; cook 1 minute or until warm.
- 5. Arrange 1 cup spinach on each of 6 plates; top each serving with about 1/3 cup fruit mixture and 1 tablespoon nut mixture. Serve immediately.
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