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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
  • 1 apple
  • 1 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
  • Pepper
What To Do
  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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