Annie's Scrumptious Maple Pecan Spinach Salad W/Maple Dressing

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

UPDATED -- Please note: The nutritional information (fat and calories) on this salad for each serving is incorrect because it was calculated using all the salad dressing for 4-6 servings of the salad. The recipe makes lots of extra dressing. This salad is wonderful! My husband and I came up with the ingredients for the salad itself to go along with a delicious maple dressing from the book "What's cooking America". All the flavors of the different ingredients blend and coalesce into the most mellow, nutty sweet flavor, that is very autumnal and heavenly! And very nutritious too. You really need all the ingreds. to achieve the wonderful flavor. Make sure you toast the pecans, as the toasting really brings out the flavor, and let the jicama matchsticks sit in the ice water a bit to really intensify their crunchy sweetness.Make sure all the ingredients are very fresh. (I buy prewashed/packaged baby spinach to speed things up and dispense with the rinsing and drying). Vary salad ingredient amounts to taste (we never measure). I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Salad

  • 1 (12 ounce) package baby spinach leaves (very fresh)
  • 1 red onions (chopped) or 1 other mild sweet onion (chopped)
  • 1 jicama, cut into match sticks (let sit in ice water awhile, to crisp)
  • 1 sweet red pepper (chopped)
  • 34 cup carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into halves (preferably vine ripened)
  • 1 cup toasted pecans (whole or chopped)
  • Maple salad dressing

  • 34 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cup rice vinegar (I use brown rice vinegar)
  • 1 cup canola oil (other mild flavored vegetable oil OK)
  • 1 12 teaspoons ground mustard


  1. FOR SALAD: Mix all vegetable ingredients together in large bowl.
  2. MAPLE DRESSING INSTRUCTIONS: In a blender, food processor or with hand held immersion blender, combine maple syrup, salt, rice vinegar, canola oil, and ground mustard.
  3. Blend 1 minute or until well mixed.
  4. Yields 2 Cups TO TOAST PECANS: Place whole pecans on baking sheet in single layer, toast in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes, stirring a couple times during toasting time.
  5. Let cool TO ASSEMBLE: Serve salad in individual bowls or salad plates.
  6. Sprinkle with desired amount of pecans.
  7. Top with desired amount of Maple dressing.
Most Helpful

FANTASTIC!! If I could give it more stars,I would. The dressing is absolutely out of this world, and takes only seconds to make. I will use this dressing on other salads as well. Thanks soooooo much!!

Sarah Chana December 08, 2005

a beautiful salad! Great combo of veggies.I might have liked some other salad greens mixed in with the spinach. The dressing was quite good as well. Of course if your family is anything like mine, have some Ranch dressing on hand as well.

tara portee May 09, 2005