Adding smoked pecans to this salad is a healthier way to add bacon-like flavor to the dish because pecans are low in saturated fats, nutrient rich, and full of heart-healthy oils. You can substitute store-bought smoked almonds if you don’t have time to smoke the nuts yourself. Goat cheese is a soft, fresh cheese that adds creaminess with a tangy kick. Crumbling goat cheese can be tricky because it is so soft. A trick? Chill the log until it’s very cold, then pinch off small pieces with your fingers.

Robin Bashinsky
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Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Yield:
Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat a grill pan over high; coat with cooking spray. Grill onion slices, turning occasionally, until charred and very tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Place in a bowl; cover with plastic wrap, and let stand 5 minutes.

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  • Whisk together Smoked and Spiced Pecans, oil, vinegar, Dijon, and pepper in a large bowl. Add spinach and onions; toss to coat. Divide among 6 plates. Top evenly with goat cheese.

Nutrition Facts

136 calories; fat 12.7g; saturated fat 2.5g; mono fat 8g; poly fat 1.9g; protein 3g; carbohydrates 3g; fiber 1g; cholesterol 4mg; iron 1mg; sodium 101mg; calcium 41mg; sugars 1g.
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