Looking for a an elegant spin on your basic spinach salad recipe? Try this Spinach, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Pecans recipe. It's fresh, delicious, plus very quick and easy.


Credit: Yunhee Kim

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10 mins
12 mins
22 mins
Makes 4 servings


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  • Toast the pecans in a skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes or until fragrant; set aside. Add 2 teaspoons canola oil to the same skillet, and increase heat to medium-high. Add pears, and sprinkle with brown sugar; do not stir. Cook the pears 5 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom. Stir to melt the brown sugar. Transfer the pears to a plate.

  • Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan. Add shallot, salt, and pepper. Stir 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add apple juice, cider vinegar, and mustard. Whisk; simmer 3–4 minutes or until slightly reduced. Add pears.

  • Place spinach in a large serving bowl. Pour pears and dressing on top, and toss. Divide salad evenly among 4 plates. Arrange Gorgonzola and pecans on top. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

256 calories; fat 13g; saturated fat 3g; mono fat 6g; poly fat 3g; protein 5g; carbohydrates 32g; fiber 7g; cholesterol 15mg; iron 2mg; sodium 382mg; calcium 128mg.