Save Apple Pecan Feta Spinach Salad

Yield:

  • About 7 – 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 10 oz baby spinach
  • 3 small gala apples or 2 medium , cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pecans , toasted
  • 4 oz feta cheese , crumbled (don’t use the pre-crumbled stuff)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 12 oz bacon , cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • 1/2 small red onion , sliced into thin strips (optional)

Maple-Cider Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Step 1

Prepare Pecans: Preheat oven to 350°. Toss pecans in butter. Stir together sugar and next 4 ingredients in a bowl; add pecans, tossing to coat. Spread in a single layer in a nonstick aluminum foil-lined pan. Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until lightly browned and toasted. Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes; separate pecans with a fork.

Step 2

Prepare Vinaigrette: Whisk together cider vinegar and next 4 ingredients. Gradually whisk in oil until well blended.

Step 3

Prepare Salad: Combine spinach and next 3 ingredients in a bowl. Drizzle with desired amount of Maple-Cider Vinaigrette; toss to coat. Sprinkle with pecans. Serve salad with any remaining vinaigrette.

Step 4

Note: Pecans may be made up to 1 week ahead. Store in an airtight container. Vinaigrette may be made up to 3 days ahead. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Source : cookingclassy.com

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