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Autumn Spinach Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette

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I have never been one to only eat salads in the warm weather months. Maybe that’s because I live in Florida and we have warm weather almost all year long?

I’d like to believe that I would enjoy a salad here and there in the cold winters that some of you experience in the North (and/or West I guess I should say). For me, building a salad comes from whatever is in season, looks good in the produce section or whatever you are craving really. I can never say no to a crisp bowl of crunchy salad veggies with a good homemade dressing or vinaigrette.

Autumn Spinach Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette | www.aggieskitchen.com #thinkfisher

Now, though I can eat salad any day of the year, I don’t necessarily always want to make a salad for myself. That’s another story. Lately I have been in a salad rut, but was inspired to create this one with the newly arrived fruits of the season that I’ve been seeing lots of – apples and pears. What goes perfectly with a salad chock full of apples and pears? Why, pecans of course.

Autumn Spinach Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette | www.aggieskitchen.com #thinkfisher

I have a hard time choosing a favorite when it comes to nuts, but I will say that pecans are definitely up there on the list. Especially when it comes to fall inspired dishes, like this salad. I created a simple pecan vinaigrette using Fisher Nut Pecan Halves and it is absolutely delicious, as you can imagine a nutty vinaigrette to be. Toasting up the pecans and adding them to the vinaigrette base while still warm infuses a little extra flavor into the mixture – so good! It was a perfect dressing for this simple seasonal salad, but honestly I can’t wait to drizzle it over other fall roasted veggies like butternut squash and Brussels sprouts.

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Print Recipe

Autumn Spinach Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup light oil (I use grapeseed oil)
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
  • good pinch fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup Fisher Pecan Halves
For salad:
  • fresh spinach leaves
  • chopped apple
  • chopped pear
  • golden raisins
  • crumbled goat cheese
  • optional additions: sliced red onion, bacon

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except nuts in a sealed tight jar or container and shake well. Toast nuts in a small skillet over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes. Watch carefully. When nuts are fragrant and toasted, remove from pan and place on cutting board.
  2. Roughly chop pecans then add to vinaigrette while still warm. Serve over your favorite autumn inspired salad greens and fruits.

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14 Responses to “Autumn Spinach Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette”

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted October 11, 2013 at 7:52 am

    You had me at goat cheese and nuts! This looks incredible Aggie! Hope you are snuggling with that baby boy right now!! xo

  2. Amy @Very Culinary posted October 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Well, you know, I’m on the opposite side of the country but in the OTHER warm state, so I feel ya. I eat salads (and grill) all year long, too. Loving the combo you came up with – spinach and goat cheese? <3 Hugs to you and Micah!

  3. Katie posted October 11, 2013 at 11:02 am

    WOW this looks so refreshing and delicious great !!

    Love Katie

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  4. Kristin posted October 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Looks good! Great pear recipe!
    Pinned! ♡
    Ty,
    K-

  5. Julia posted October 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Love that salad dressing! Looks delicious!

  6. Deborah posted October 12, 2013 at 3:32 am

    I am all about salads year round. And this one looks perfect right now!

  7. Nutmeg Nanny posted October 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I am saving this vinaigrette recipe, yum!!!

  8. Kim | Just For Clicks posted October 14, 2013 at 8:19 am

    You are my Salad Idol Friend…. without you I may have never gotten hooked on salads. This looks SO good for Fall. I’m in need of a bit of a detox {been indulging on birthday celebration food} and a salad is the perfect solution. Very anxious to try this — adding the ingredients to my grocery list now! ❤

  9. Lin posted October 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Blessings to your family. We just had our first grandson last week also. Had this salad tonight and it was delicious.

  10. Mandy posted May 18, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    This goes straight to the the “must-do” list. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Melody posted September 30, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Hi great recipe!! I was wondering if i could use apple cider vinegar if theres no apple cider in the fridge??

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Hi Melody! Thanks so much for your comment and question…it actually is apple cider vinegar that I use in recipe (OOPS!!) and I just updated the recipe to say that. I am so sorry for the confusion, so glad you brought to my attention. 🙂

      • Melody posted September 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm

        Awesome!! Thank you for such a quick response! Im now a fan and started following and sharing your stuff on pinterest. I just love home made dressing. People dont realize how much additives and preservatives are in some store bought dressings. Great photos too by the way. I think it makes the food that much more attractive 😉

        • Aggies Kitchen posted September 30, 2014 at 5:35 pm

          you are so sweet Melody, thanks so much! I’m glad you are here!! (And totally agree about the salad dressings, it kind of grosses me out when I look at the ingredients.) I have a ton of vinaigrette recipes posted here! Have a great night!

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