Sunday, October 12, 2008

Spinach Salad with Spiced Pecans

This week was my MIL's birthday, so in lieu of buying her a present like a normal person, I offered to make her lunch. We had this spinach salad with our lunch that everyone seemed to like.
The salad itself consists of a bag of baby spinach, 2 apples chopped (I used gala) and tossed with a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a cup of chopped celery.
The dressing is a combination of 1/4 cup apple juice, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar , 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 3/4 cups canola oil, and 2 tablespoons poppyseeds.
When you combine everything together, you'll have leftover dressing.
For the nuts, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, 1/2 teaspoon, garlic salt, 1/8 teaspoons cayenne pepper.
Stir over medium heat about 2 minutes.
Add 2 cups of pecans (or walnuts if you prefer) and stir around over med heat about 4 minutes.
Ooh, an action shot!

After the pecans are removed from the heat, sprinkle them with a tablespoon of sugar so they'll be all sparkly.

These are pretty good just for snacking on by themselves!


csquad said...

thank you for your comment on my cookies! and your salad looks delicious - i like how you changed up those pecans! yum yum

Julie said...

Thanks, they really are yummy!

Tiffany said...

I'm going to have to try this salad. It looks like a more savory version of a strawberry spinach salad with glazed pecans that I've made. Thanks for sharing it!

Stacey Muir said...

Wow! Look at all these fantastic dishes! I will for sure be visiting often! thanks for stopping by my blog. ;)

Meaghan said...

yummy yummy yummy! Welcome to SITS :)


Karen said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog yesterday . :-)

Oh yum, that spinach salad looks really good. I love spinach ! I need to try this.

I really like your blog, BTW.

Julie said...

Thanks for the nice comments!

robin said...

Hi Visiting from SITS... I am the comment below you on Friday. That salad looks totally yummy! I love spinach... pecans are a nice touch!
:) Robin
cinnamon & honey

Tiffany said...

I gave this recipe to my mom because she needed a salad to take to a lunch. She said it was great! I think I'm going to make this one to take to my inlaws for Thanksgiving.

Tiffany said...

I made this to take to my in-laws for Thanksgiving. It was amazing! I'll be making it again for sure!

Julie said...

I'm glad you liked it. I made it again for thanksgiving too :)