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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.

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  • Reply
    Ravenous Rowie
    October 31, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    What a delicious sounding salad! I would probably smother it in goat cheese too! YUM!

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    Mrs Mix It
    November 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Looks yummy that sounds good for lunch.

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    November 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    This salad looks so delicious. I love pear in salads along with nuts. Beautiful photo too.

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    Tokyo Terrace
    November 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    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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    November 2, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Love this salad! Simple, elegant and delicious!

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    Medifast Coupon Codes
    November 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Very nice salad, love the apple and pear combination.

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    Jenny Nguyen
    November 3, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Lovely, fresh, healthy and beautiful photo… great post guys!

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    Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking
    November 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    This makes me think about the summer. I miss heat!! I’m in Sweden and it’s winter. I miss sunny California and fresh vegetables..

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    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox
    November 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    This salad looks so good! Perfect for any meal or even a snack. Beautifully plated.

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    November 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    The dressing is awesome! I copied this to my recipe book at cookmarked.com immediately after making! (http://cookmarked.com/recipe.aspx?eID=q0ZzoN8MJsK5Fq4q1i55Ucf5nc1TgTZ9BspOIUqHt00e)

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