Christina Schmidhofer
Total Time
15 Mins
Makes 6 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a shallow baking pan, bake pecans in a 350° oven until golden in the center (break one to check), 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.

Step 2

In a large bowl, gently mix spinach, pecans, cranberries, crumbled gorgonzola, olive oil, and vinegar. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper.

Ratings & Reviews

cookiequeen's Review

November 16, 2014
Delicious! Seems like a special occasion, fancy recipe but easy to make and doesn't require a lot of ingredients.

H2OQueen's Review

January 27, 2013
Outstanding flavors and textures!! So simple to make. I didn't have any pecan, so I substituted toasted walnuts - worked well. Served this with a Moroccan Chicken dish and israeli couscous.

CAgirlinIA's Review

December 26, 2011
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!

sharons2's Review

November 13, 2009
the recipe was very good and easy to make. you can substitute toasted walnuts for the pecans and it is still good. i served it with salmon and wild rice.

sccook's Review

November 18, 2008
Good, simple salad for fall or winter. Will definitely make again. I doubled the dressing.