Monday, February 20, 2012

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Sugar Pecans

When I made this, I made a few alterations. I added dried Cranberries instead of Strawberries, and Kiwi. I also used blue cheese instead of the black pepper cheese. Just a note, don't over cook the pecans. They will become grainy.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Sugar Pecans

1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans (50ml)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar (30ml)
2 tablespoons water (30ml)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (15ml)
1 tablespoon liquid honey(15ml)
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard (2ml)
pinch salt (pinch)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (50ml)
4 cups baby spinach (about 4 oz/100g) (1L)
1 cup sliced strawberries (250ml)
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced (2)
1/4 cup soft black pepper cheese, (50ml) such as Boursin or crumbled chevre (optional)


  1. Place pecans, sugar and water in a small saucepan set on medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Simmer mixture, stirring occasionally, until golden and pecans are coated, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and cool. Crumble and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar with the honey, Dijon and salt. Slowly whisk in the oil until well combined. To serve, divide spinach among salad plates and top with strawberries, kiwis and sugar pecans. Drizzle with vinaigrette and garnish with the crumbled cheese, if using.  
    Tip: This salad is delicious with or without the cheese. For variety, a mild blue cheese such as cambozola could be used in place of the black pepper cheese or chevre. You could also cut the amount of strawberries in half, and make up the difference with raspberries or blueberries.

    Recipe and photo source: Food Network

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