By Sharlene~W on May 30, 2002
Photo by Sharlene~W
Photo by Sharlene~W
"Spinach, apples, red onion & pecans in a sweet-tart dressing. To make this salad extra special, I like to glaze the pecans by stirring them with 1 tablespoon sugar in a medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar melts. Pour them out on waxed paper and separate with your spoon while still warm. If you do this, you don't need to toast the pecans. It takes about 5 minutes or so for the sugar to melt."
Serving Size: 1 (177 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"A very nice autumnal salad. Served this last night with sausage and pumpkin pasta (#15276) for our annual pumpkin carving dinner party. All went well and I recieved compliments all around. A few changes I made to the salad: I was out of pecans so I used walnuts and as one of my dinner guests is alergic to raw apples I replaced them with pomegranate seeds- pretty and TASTEY! This is a keeper."
"If I could give this recipe more than 5 stars I would! The dressing is wonderful - sweet yet slightly tart, too, and the combination of apples, toasted pecans and spinach is terrific. I doubled the dressing ingredients (the single recipe just did not look like enough), substituted a Granny Smith apple, and used a 6 oz. package of baby spinach. Perfection! My kids gave it a thumbs up as well. We will definitely be making this one again and again."
"Sharlene, you and Junebug made me a star at a family get together. I used organic baby spinach about 12 ounces. This salad should receive more than 5 stars. I let the apples and onion marinade in the sauce. Junebug's Baked Corn Casserole #36673."
"Wonderful salad and dressing! Only change I made was that I used walnuts because I didn't have pecans. The whole family loved it, and I have another half of a package of spinach to use to make it again tonight!!"
"I served this over the weekend w/chicken and cannellini soup. Yummy! Thanks for posting!"
"I served this to my husband for our second anniversary dinner. We both enjoyed it. My husband called it a do-over, meaning that he wants me to make it again. What a delicious salad. Thanks for contributing to a romantic evening."
"Only change I made was using a blend of wine and white vinegar in place of the apple cider. Turned out great- everyone loced this. Served it with a gingered carrot soup and cheese lasagna. Thanks!"
"This salad is awesome! I made a double batch and took it to a party and it was wonderful. As per a suggestion, I soaked the purple onions in ice water to take out some of the "sting" while I prepped the rest of the ingredients. I also added 4oz of crumbled blue cheese to my double batch and it was just the hint of cheese I like, but is not necessary at all - the other flavors are great together. Definitely a keeper! Thanks, Sharlene."
"Definitely lives up the the reviews! Was nervous the dressing may not make enough, but it was perfect. Soaked the onions in the dressing for about 20 minutes, which took out the bite. Also substituted honey for sugar and candied the pecans. Will definitely make again, possibly including goats cheese."
"Wonderful salad! My husband especially loves it. It is so simple and delicious. I have used walnuts and macadamia nuts when I did not have pecans and it was still great."
"Awesome salad, loved the freshness & tartness of this. Great fall salad, will be serving @ Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks for the wonderful recipe Sharlene!"
"Yummy but hard to pick up the nuts on your fork. DD (toddler) even liked it a lot too. I did add sweetened dried cranberries like another reviewer but would not do so again. I used unrefined extra virgin olive oil, organic apple cider vinegar, regular mustard, local liquid honey instead of sugar to be much healthier, sea salt, peeled Mackintosh apple because it was not organic and the type I had on hand but I would like to try this with the called for kind of apple, vindalia onion instead of red onion out of preference, baby spinach mixed with baby arugula as that is what I had on hand (was fine and may do so again), I toasted the pecans in a dry pan, no sugar for health reasons, plus the freshly ground black pepper. I will try this again with the called for type of apple insha Allah (God willing)."
"Quick, easy and great tasting salad. I toasted the pecans for 10 minutes at 350 and as suggested by a fellow reviewer, I added blue cheese crumbles - great addition. I served it as part of my Valentine's menu - filet of beef, garlic roasted potatoes, mushroom gravy. Sharlene, thank you for the posting."
"This might be my favorite salad. Thanks!!!"
"excellent salad, great with blue cheese crumbles!"
"This is definitely a do-again! Made for Valentines Day 2010. I actually had cranberry stilton in my cheese drawer - a good suggestion. Thanks for sharing!"
"Wonderful dressing! Since you liked the dijon, I used a seeded stone ground, this could not have been tastier. I added sliced egg since I had it on hand, I couldn't stop eating this! Thanks for sharing"
"Yum, yum, yum! I only had Braeburn apples and it came out terrific. The dijon is perfect with this too. The only different twist I did was adding just a touch of cinnamon to the nuts at the end of the toasting. They smelled so good and I also finished them with a pinch of salt before cooling. If you are worried about the red onions being to strong, soak them in cold water for a few minutes. Will definately keep this recipe on file."
"Made this for a girls get-together to complement a quiche. Very very good! We loved the sugared pecans and found ourselves licking the salad bowl clean =)"