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Apple Spinach Salad with Pecans

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This apple spinach salad with pecans is one of the most delicious salads I’ve ever made. It has the perfect amount of sweetness without taking it over the top.

Apple spinach salad with pecans and bleu cheese

In fact, my husband says that it ties with this nutritious tomato cucumber salad and this super delicious BLT salad on his list of favorites.

I also happen to know he likes the Mediterranean salad just as much because he keeps asking for it. Another salad we enjoy is this Greek olive and feta salad.

Benefits of Spinach and Pecans

According to the Arthritis Foundation, leafy green vegetables are beneficial when you’re fighting inflammation. The spinach contains vitamins such as A, C, and K that help protect the cells in your body from free radicals.

Many types of nuts also help decrease inflammation. Whether you use the pecans in this recipe, walnuts, or other nuts, you’ll be doing your part to keep your body healthy.

Ingredients

The ingredients list is surprisingly simple. All you need are apple slices, raw spinach, pecans, raisins, raspberry vinaigrette, and bleu cheese crumbles.

3 red apples on a plate

I used raw pecans this time. However, if you have time to make these roasted pecans, use those. You’ll undoubtedly add an extra layer of flavor.

Or if you want to add even more sweetness, use these candied pecans. This is your salad, so make it the way you want it.

How to Make an Apple Spinach Salad

This salad is super easy. In fact, you basically just assemble the ingredients. That is, unless you prefer to roast or cook the pecans.

Since there are only two of us in the house, I just made two salads. However, it’s just as easy to make more.

So all you have to do is multiply the recipe by however many people you’re serving.

Divide the spinach between the two bowls (or however many salads you’re making). I like to tear the spinach leaves to make them easier to eat.

Spinach leaves in a bowl

Next, add a layer of the bite-size apple pieces. Spread them around so you can get some apple in every bite.

I like to use an apple cutter that slices and cores an apple in one swift motion. It’s super easy and saves time.

After I have the first slice, I can chop the apple into bite-size pieces or leave them as-is.

Cut apple slices on a plate with a knife

After that, pour the salad dressing over the spinach and apple pieces. I used raspberry vinaigrette, but you can also use balsamic vinaigrette.

Vinaigrette poured over apples and spinach

Sprinkle the pecans over the top. If you want to add more dressing you may, but I didn’t.

Pecans, apples, spinach, and vinaigrette in a bowl

Next, sprinkle the raisins over the salad. You can use as many as you like. But since there were pieces of apple in the salad, I went light on the raisins.

Raisins, pecans, apple slices, spinach, and vinaigrette in a bowl

Finally, sprinkle the bleu cheese (or blue cheese) crumbles over the top. Now your salad is ready to eat!

Apple spinach salad with pecans and bleu cheese

More Delicious Recipes

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Apple Spinach Salad with pecans and bleu cheese
Yield: 2 salads

Apple Spinach Salad with Pecans

Apple spinach salad with pecans, raisins, and bleu cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of chopped raw spinach leaves
  • 1 apple cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 tablespoons of pecans
  • 2 teaspoons of raisins
  • 4 tablespoons of raspberry vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons of bleu cheese crumbles

Instructions

    1. Evenly distribute the spinach leaves in two bowls.
    2. Add a layer of apple pieces, evenly between the two bowls.
    3. Pour 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette over each of the salads (for a total of 4 tablespoons).
    4. Sprinkle the pecans and raisins over the spinach and apples.
    5. Top with the bleu cheese crumbles, evenly divided between the two salads.
    6. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

If you want this to be a complete meal, add your favorite protein. I like this salad with chicken or shrimp.

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 263Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 6mgSodium 225mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 6gSugar 5gProtein 9g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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