Spinach Salad With Candied Pears, Pecans and Brie

"The combination of these ingredients is fantastic. The candied pecans give a nice little crunch to the salad. Add some seafood or grilled chicken and you have a full meal. To save time buy the prepackaged washed baby spinach. This recipe came from Rose Reisman's "Secrets for Permanent Weight Loss" cookbook."
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  • Candied Pecans

  • 13 cup pecan halves
  • 3 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 14 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 18 teaspoon allspice
  • 18 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salad

  • 8 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 cup diced radicchio
  • 1 large ripe pear, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 ounces brie cheese, diced
  • 4 ounces sliced grilled chicken (optional) or 4 ounces seafood (optional)
  • Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 12 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 12 teaspoon liquid honey


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with vegetable spray.
  • To make the candied pecans, rinse the pecans with cold water.
  • Drain but do not let dry.
  • In a small bowl, combine the icing sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
  • Dip the pecans in this mixture to coat well.
  • Spread them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Cool and Chop.
  • To make the salad, combine the spinach, radicchio, pear and brie in a large bowl.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together the orange juice concentrate, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, honey and mustard.
  • Pour over the salad and toss to coat.
  • Garnish with the candied pecans and chicken/seafood (if using.).

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  1. I had a dinner party last nite & finally fulfilled my intent to make this salad. It was well-rec'd by my guests. While I loved the combo of ingredients (fruit, cheese & the candied pecans were really a spec part), I found myself wanting to salt this salad to help balance the overall sweetness of the salad + dressing. I know such things are matters of individual pref, but I'm thinkin maybe replacing the OJ conc w/some soy sauce might do that. Just a thot. Thx for posting.


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