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Autumn Spinach Salad

For a company-special dish, whip up this simple homemade dressing the night before and toss with autumn salad just before serving. —Greta Igl, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 medium pear, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash hot pepper sauce


  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the vinaigrette ingredients. Pour over salad; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 173 calories, 13g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • kimspacc
    Dec 29, 2019

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  • KristiBenshoof
    Jan 9, 2016

    Made salad as written. Very good.

  • luigimon
    Oct 26, 2014

    This is one of my husband's favorites! Last time I made it, I added cubed Gouda and crumbled tomato and basil feta cheese. The flavors are out of this world!!

  • Jan Charton
    Nov 11, 2013

    excellent recipe. I used apple instead of pear and walnuts in place of pecans. Very good flavor. I will certainly used this for family dinners.

  • joycerm53
    Nov 10, 2013

    Great flavor and so easy. I only use 1 Tablespoon of sugar - the pear and cranberries add sweetness to the mix. Will make this often!

  • bziol
    Nov 18, 2012

    I don't put any celery in since my son doesn't like raw celery. I like sliced raw white button mushrooms with my spinach salads so I add that instead. I also decrease the sugar a bit since it is a tad sweet for our tastes. Otherwise this is definitely a keeper!

  • eawinters
    Apr 25, 2012

    We have made this several times, changing the fruit and once substituting celery see for the celery. Always good. I think it is the dressing that puts it over the top. We have decreased the sugar in the dressing as we found it too sweet.

  • tilbuma6
    Nov 20, 2011

    Great flavor. Forgot the celery when I made it and it was still good.

  • bjsilve0
    Nov 19, 2011

    Tried this as a possibility for Thanksgiving. The flavor was WONDERFUL and it looks pretty. I am using this recipe for Thanksgiving.

  • GeauxTigers
    Oct 30, 2011

    Made this last night and it was amazing!!! We did not have canola oil so used extra virgin olive oil instead and it was soooo good!!!