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Apple-Brie Spinach Salad

 Apple-Brie Spinach Salad
In the summer, I don't like to prepare or eat large meals, so I often make salads. I'm always on the outlook for new and interesting recipes, and this one is a winner that I like to make for company. —Rhonda Crowe Victoria, British Columbia
10 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 large apples, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
  • 8 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 round (8 ounces) Brie cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/4 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Directions

  • Place apples on an ungreased baking sheet; brush with 2 tablespoons
  • syrup. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 3 minutes. Turn; brush with
  • remaining syrup. Broil 3-5 minutes longer or until crisp-tender.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, cheese, pecans and
  • apples. In a small saucepan, combine the dressing ingredients; bring
  • to a boil. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Yield: 10 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 242 calories, 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 176 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.