Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Sissy Lamberton
Prep Time
20 Mins
Total Time
50 Mins
Makes 8 servings

This deluxe version of spinach salad features a tangy sweet maple syrup vinaigrette,  sliced apple, onion and and goat cheese and is topped with sweet curried pecans.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare Pecans: Preheat oven to 350°. Toss pecans in butter. Stir together sugar and next 4 ingredients in a bowl; add pecans, tossing to coat. Spread in a single layer in a nonstick aluminum foil-lined pan. Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until lightly browned and toasted. Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes; separate pecans with a fork.

Step 2

Prepare Vinaigrette: Whisk together cider vinegar and next 4 ingredients. Gradually whisk in oil until well blended.

Step 3

Prepare Salad: Combine spinach and next 3 ingredients in a bowl. Drizzle with desired amount of Maple-Cider Vinaigrette; toss to coat. Sprinkle with pecans. Serve salad with any remaining vinaigrette.

Step 4

Note: Pecans may be made up to 1 week ahead. Store in an airtight container. Vinaigrette may be made up to 3 days ahead. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Ratings & Reviews

altitudemama's Review

December 06, 2014
Fast, easy and very flavorful. I used blue cheese instead of goat cheese and it was fantastic. A new go-to salad for me!

TravelGardenEat's Review

March 04, 2014
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.

AlyssumFlowers's Review

March 05, 2013
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.

Mojo16's Review

January 27, 2013

ang2000's Review

January 10, 2013

AmyNJames's Review

January 03, 2013
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's Review

December 24, 2012
I fixed this for our family Christmas Eve dinner. Nothing but raves and it was all gone! A wonderful combination of flavors.

lrenfroe's Review

December 23, 2012
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.

creaghzy's Review

November 29, 2012
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.

Lana1530's Review

November 26, 2012
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!