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Spinach-Apple Salads are classic, and for good reason. They’re simple to make and taste delicious, and that comes in handy especially when entertaining. During the holidays we like to serve something special like a standing rib roast, beef tenderloin, or maybe even a turkey. The “star of the table” may be great but it still needs a good supporting cast like this Spinach-Apple Salad with Maple Vinaigrette.
While the salad is simply made with delicious fresh ingredients, the dressing is perfectly amazing too with a combination of apple cider vinegar and maple syrup. Throw in some sugared pecans and fresh soft crumbled goat cheese and your guests will think you’re a genius!
I like to use a HoneyCrisp Apple in salads. They stay crisp with a nice snap and don’t turn brown as quickly as other varieties.
Spinach-Apple Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
For the sugared pecans
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
For the maple-cider vinaigrette
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 cup olive oil
For the salad:
- 10-12 ounces fresh baby spinach
- 1 Honeycrisp apple sliced thin
- 1 small red onion thinly sliced
- 4 ounces fresh goat cheese crumbled
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Toss the pecans in the melted butter. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt and stir to coat. Spread the pecans in a single layer on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned and toasted. Set aside to cool.
- To prepare the vinaigrette whisk together the vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper until blended. Slowly whisk in the olive oil just until blended.
- To serve the salad combine the spinach, onion, sliced apple and goat cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Toss and serve passing extra dressing around the table.
I think I’m all cookie’d out. I’ve been making tons of fudge and toffee (which is gifted to friends and co-workers) and I’m almost done. Are you done with your baking, shopping, wrapping and preparations? Do you send out Christmas cards? I think we get about 1/10 of the cards we used to receive before the internet and Facebook. People stay in touch more often now days so I think fewer cards are sent. Just wondering 🙂 Take care and thanks so much for stopping by!