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Spinach Salad with Apples & Pecans in an Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette #SundaySupper

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Don’t let the long name fool you! This deliciously flavorful spinach salad contains only 5 ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to make.

Spinach Salad with Apples & Pecans in an Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette |  #salad #sundaysupper

This week on #SundaySupper we’ve gathered some tasty new recipes for you to try that are perfect for picnicking; especially with National Picnic Day coming up on Thursday. When I think of picnics, my mind automatically goes to salads and I always like to find new ones to add to our al fresco dining each year. I decided to make this Spinach Salad with Apples & Pecans in an  Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette and I think this one is a definite keeper!

This spinach salad is so easy to make and with a few simple ingredients, it’s ready in about 5-10 minutes.  Start off by purchasing fresh baby spinach; then wash it in a salad spinner to make sure it’s clean. I never assume that pre-washed vegetables are totally clean (and after running it through a salad spinner, you’ll see why!). After your spinach is washed and fairly dry, add it to a bowl; then add the sliced apples and pecans.

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Next, whisk together the apple balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. You can either dress your salad right before serving or keep the vinaigrette separate so that your guests can add as little or as much as they want.

I was a little hesitant about posting this recipe because as you all know, I generally only like to use ingredients that you can find locally. I had purchased this vinegar from a specialty shop in Philadelphia several months ago and thought it would go perfectly with this salad so before posting I went online and found you can purchase this flavor vinegar at various stores online and even Walmart had a variety; though I’m not sure about the quality. If you can’t find apple balsamic, a regular balsamic will do just fine.

In any event, this simple Spinach Salad with Apples & Pecans in an Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette was delicious with the perfect combination of flavors. Because the salad is also vinegar based, it makes a nice salad to take to a picnic without worrying about keeping it on ice (that is unless you plan on leaving it out for several hours!). One other suggestion I have is if you are not going to serve it immediately, I recommend dipping the sliced apples in some lemon juice so that they don’t oxidize and turn brown before you’re ready to eat. ~Enjoy!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Spinach Salad with Apples & Pecans in an Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette #SundaySupper
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: Serves 4
  • 8 c. Baby Spinach, washed
  • 1 Apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ c. Pecan Halves
  • ¼ c. Apple Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste
  1. Add the cleaned spinach to a bowl; then top with sliced apples and pecans.
  2. Whisk together the vinegar, oil, salt and pepper; then pour over the salad (or place in a separate dispenser for later)
If you're not going to serve the salad immediately, I recommend keeping the vinaigrette on the side and dipping the apples in lemon juice so that they don't oxidize and turn brown before eating.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 216 Fat: 15.7g Carbohydrates: 15.7g Sugar: 8.1g Sodium: 65mg Fiber: 3.1g Protein: 3.9g Cholesterol: 0g

Spinach Salad with Apples & Pecans in an Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Don’t forget to stop by my fellow Sunday Supper Tastemasters this week to see what they’re serving up at their picnics. Thank you to T.R. from Gluten Free Crumbley for hosting this weeks’ event.


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  1. Nichole
    April 19, 2015 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Oh yum – I love the flavors in this salad!

  2. Betsy @ Desserts Required
    April 19, 2015 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Great tip about washing the spinach that is labeled ‘pre-washed’! I am wondering what I have been eating all this time.

    Your salad looks delicious and is a great idea for a picnic.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      April 20, 2015 at 7:39 am - Reply

      Thank you Betsy! They tend to package baby spinach in either bags or plastic containers. I would always rinse it in my colander, but after getting a salad spinner you can see just how much it really isn’t that clean.

  3. Tara
    April 19, 2015 at 11:57 am - Reply

    I love a fruit, nut and green salad, my ultimate fav!!

  4. Laura Dembowski
    April 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I agree that prewashed vegetables still need to be washed. I tend not to buy prewashed vegetables at all, but it would probably save some time. When I wash a bunch of kale, sometimes I have to wash it two or three times because it’s so sandy.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      April 20, 2015 at 7:38 am - Reply

      I always have to wash greens a few times and until I got a salad spinner, I never realized just how dirty it was! Thanks for stopping by Laura!

  5. Christie
    April 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Olive oil and vinegar specialty stores have gotten so popular. I haven’t seen apple balsamic before but am going to look for it. This salad is stunning.

  6. Cindys Recipes and Writings
    April 19, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I love quick recipes like this salad!

  7. Bobbi from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
    April 19, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    WOW does this salad sound clean and refreshing!! I love it Carrie!

  8. Liz
    April 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful salad, Carrie! I am a big fan of fruit and nuts with my greens—and your salad dressing sounds terrific, too!

  9. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
    April 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous salad! I love the apple and pecan combo with the balsamic vinaigrette! Yum!

  10. Mary Ellen
    April 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    This looks so good, I love the dressing!

  11. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
    April 19, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I love the apples and pecans with the balsamic vinaigrette! A flavor power house!

  12. Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm
    April 20, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

    What a great salad for anytime of the year.

  13. Tammi @Momma's Meals
    April 20, 2015 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    I’m making a similar salad for dinner tonight but I’ve got to try this dressing with it! Great picnic idea!

  14. Sarah
    April 20, 2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    I love spinach salads! Looks awesome!

  15. Amee
    April 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    I’d love a big ole’ bowl of your spinach salad!!! Love!

  16. Courtney @ NeighborFood
    April 21, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

    What a great salad! That dressing looks to die for!

  17. Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook
    April 24, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I didn’t know there was apple balsamic vinegar! That sounds incredible. Even still, all of these ingredients are a perfect marriage.

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