Spinach, Apple & Pecan Salad Recipe
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Spinach, Apple & Pecan Salad Recipe

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Company was on the way, and I forgot to buy salad fixings. Scavenging the fridge for ingredients, I pulled it together and invented a salad superstar. —Kelly Walsh, Aviston, IL
Featured In: 30 Fall Harvest Salads
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup glazed pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 5 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, optional
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 109 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; stir in bacon if desired.
  2. For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk vinegar, sugar, mustard and pepper until blended. Gradually whisk in oil. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Spinach, Apple & Pecan Salad in Simple & Delicious December/January 2015

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marilynmccamish User ID: 8831400 257977
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2016

"I did not like the apple cider vinegar taste, and had to keep adding

Some honey to make less vinegar tasting, and even added balsamic aged vinegar. The salad was a hit, and I did not even put the bacon in it, and also just toasted almonds."

kimspacc User ID: 1340117 257458
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2016

"Loved the pecans and mustard in this! It was delicious with just the right blend of sweet and tart flavors."

hkpepin User ID: 3030797 248371
Reviewed May. 18, 2016

"Substituted walnuts for pecans and reduced the dressing to simply olive oil. Delicious! My husband and I both enjoyed the salad, even going back for seconds. I could take or leave the dried cranberries, but otherwise, I would leave it as is. So good!"

ahhschucks User ID: 6443665 119267
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"This salad sounds kind of "ho-hum"... BUT...It is absolutely delicious! The crunch of the apples and glazed pecans are amazing with the tartness of craisins and saltiness of the feta and bacon. The dressing is light and delicious! Be sure to try this one!"

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