Spinach Salad with Apples, Pears, and Pecans

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Spinach Salad with Apples, Pears, and Pecans

Salads are a staple in our house. We find them especially good for serving to guests to round out a meal. However, I tend to fall into the trap of thinking the salad is the “easy” part and save it until the last minute…at which point I realize it has a lot more prep work than I realized!

While I love salads with many ingredients, usually I like something simple to put together so that I can concentrate on preparing the main dish. This salad fits the bill as fancy enough to serve to guests, but simple enough to put together in a reasonable amount of time. The idea came from my mother (thanks, Mom!), who is the queen of simple entertaining. She served hers with candied pecans, which I think would be a great touch (we didn’t happen to have any on hand so we made do with plain). It was a great combination of fall flavors!

Spinach Salad with Apples, Pears, and Pecans

Serves 4

What You Need
One apple
One pear
6 cups spinach
3 tablespoons pecans, candied if desired
3 tablespoons elderberry jelly (or other berry variety)
3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
3 tablespoons grape seed oil (other other neutral oil)
Kosher salt

1  Wash the spinach leaves and dry them in a salad spinner.

2  Core the apple and pear and cut them into thin slices.

3  In a microwaveable dish, microwave the 3 tablespoons jelly for a few seconds, until melted. Whisk together with 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar and 3 tablespoons grape seed oil. Add some salt and pepper to taste.

4 Place spinach leaves on plates and top with slices of apples and pears. Pour over the dressing, and top with pecans.

10 Comments on “Spinach Salad with Apples, Pears, and Pecans”

  1. Tokyo Terrace

    This is such a beautiful salad. There is nothing like apples this time of year, but I’m often overwhelmed by the endless number of desserts. This looks like a beautiful, fresh and healthy way to enjoy the flavors of the season!

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