This apple spinach salad with pecans is one of the most delicious salads I’ve ever made. It has a delightful balance of sweet and savory, making it the perfect side dish.
Salads and Side Dishes
Most meals aren’t complete without at least one salad or side dish … or both. This yummy salad makes any meal special.
My husband says that the apple spinach salad 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.
If you’re looking for another side dish that provides a lot of nutrients, try this chickpea tuna salad. You don’t even need anything else.
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.
The ingredients list is surprisingly simple. All you need are apple slices, raw spinach, pecans, raisins, raspberry vinaigrette, and bleu cheese crumbles.
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.
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.
After that, pour the salad dressing over the spinach and apple pieces. I used raspberry vinaigrette, but you can also use balsamic vinaigrette.
Sprinkle the pecans over the top. If you want to add more dressing you may, but I didn’t.
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.
Finally, sprinkle the bleu cheese (or blue cheese) crumbles over the top. Now your salad is ready to eat!
More Delicious Recipes
Here are some delicious main dishes that pair really well with this salad:
3-Ingredient Crock Pot Pork Chops – Pork chops and apples? Yes, please. This flavorful combination is sure to lure the family to the dinner table.
Roasted Turkey Tenderloin – When you serve turkey along with the apple spinach salad, you don’t need anything else.
Crockpot Vegetable and Hamburger Soup – This wonderfully warming soup recipe from Back to My Southern Roots offers all the comfort you need. Pair it with the apple spinach salad, and you have a winner!
How to Cook Frozen Tilapia in an Air Fryer – There’s no need to thaw your fish before you cook it in an air fryer. These instructions are super easy, and the results are amazing!
Apple Spinach Salad with Pecans
- 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
- Evenly distribute the spinach leaves in two bowls.
- Add a layer of apple pieces, evenly between the two bowls.
- Pour 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette over each of the salads (for a total of 4 tablespoons).
- Sprinkle the pecans and raisins over the spinach and apples.
- Top with the bleu cheese crumbles, evenly divided between the two salads.
- Serve and enjoy!
If you want this to be a complete meal, add your favorite protein. I like this salad with chicken or shrimp.
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Nutrition InformationYield 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.