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Spinach Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Candied Pecans

A tasty spinach salad with an autumnal flair!


Salad dressing:

Candied pecans:



  1. To make salad dressing, combine the vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Drizzle in olive oil while whisking constantly. Set aside.
  2. To candy the nuts, melt butter in saucepan. Toss in pecans and mix till coated. Add brown sugar and cook, stirring, till caramelized. Place on parchment to cool.
  3. To assemble salad, toss spinach, onions and pears with dressing (rewhisk as needed). Top salad with cranberries and pecans.


Inspired by The New Thanksgiving Table by Diane Morgan.

You may soften your cranberries in a bit of salad dressing before adding to salad, if desired.