Maple Pecan Spinach Salad

Cooking creatively for two can be a challenge at times, but when I serve this Maple Pecan Spinach salad my meal comes alive! It’s also beyond easy and takes just a few minutes to whip up.

The maple and olive oil dressing is sweet, yet tart, and goes beautifully with a plate of fresh baby spinach or a spring lettuce mix. Toss in a few nutritional powerhouses like fruits and nuts for extra nutrition.

Maple Pecan Spinach Salad shot on Espresso
Maple Pecan Spinach Salad on “Espresso 2.0

It’s so simple—start with baby spinach or a pretty baby spring salad mix, one that has arugula, spinach, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce etc., and add whatever fruits and nuts you like. My favourites are toasted pecans, walnuts, pears, and blackberries.

The dressing is what makes this salad. Whisk it up and serve it on the side—allow people decide how much, or how little they want.

Maple Pecan Spinach Salad

Prep Time 30 mins
Course Salad
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Salad

  • baby spinach or a spring salad mix with arugula, spinach, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, etc.
  • any combination of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, dried cranberries, etc.
  • pecans, walnuts

Instructions
 

  • Put olive oil, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl and whisk
  • Place spinach and/or spring salad mix on individual plates
  • Sprinkle desired fruits and nuts on top and place a sliced pear on the side
  • Allow people to drizzle on the dressing as desired

Notes

The dressing is what makes this salad. Whisk it up and serve it on the side … let people decide how much, or how little they want.

Nutrition Facts

Lettuce

  • high in Vitamin A

Spinach

  • low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol
  • good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese

Blackberries

  • rich in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C
  • have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits

Pears

  • high in fibre
  • high in Vitamin C
  • high in antioxidants (don’t peel and dip in a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning if desired)

Walnuts

  • high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and a good source of protein

Maple Pecan Spinach Salad shot on Espresso 2.0

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