I made this salad yesterday for a teacher’s dinner put on by the PTA at our school. I started out following the recipe on Southern Living but ended up putting my own special twists on it.
I am in love with this Maple Syrup Vinaigrette! It might sound odd, but seriously guys, it is what makes the salad! And the Sugared Curry Pecans are out of this world!
My husband loved this salad, I of course am a pretty big fan as well! I can’t tell you what my kids thought about the salad because Dave and I ate it before they had a chance to taste it.
You can also top this salad with some grilled chicken for a main dish. Oh, baby doesn’t that sound amazing?
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope your weekend is filled with lots of fun Fall activities and of course a helping of Spinach Apple Salad with Maple Syrup Vinaigrette.
With love from my kitchen to yours,
Spinach-Apple Salad With Maple Syrup Vinaigarette
1 (10 oz.) bag of spinach leaves, washed and dried
2 small gala apples, sliced thin
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 (4 oz.) container of feta cheese
Sugared Curry Pecans
1 (6oz.) bag of pecan halves
2 tbsp. of butter, melted
3 tbsp. of granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. of ground ginger
1/4 tsp. curry powder
1/8 tsp. smoked paprika
Maple Syrup Vinaigrette
1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup of maple syrup
1 tbsp. of soy sauce
1/2 tsp. of curry powder
1/8 tsp. of smoked paprika
1 tsp. of salt
1/3 cup of olive oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1. Toss the pecans in the melted butter. Mix the sugar and the 3 spices together. Add the buttered pecans and toss to coat. Spread the coated pecans in a single layer over the baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes of until the pecans are lightly brown and toasted. Separate the pecans with a fork and cool completely.
2. For the vinaigrette: Whisk together the first 6 ingredients until well combined. Gradually whisk in oil until well blended.
3. To assemble the salad: In a bowl toss, the 4 salad ingredients. Drizzle the desired amount of Maple Syrup vinaigrette on top and sprinkle the Sugared Curry Pecans on top. Serve immediatly with the remaining vinaigrette on the side.
* The Sugared Curry Pecans can be made in advance for up to a week before and stored in a air tight container. The Maple Syrup Vinaigrette can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and covered and chilled until ready to use.