Spinach Salad with Pure Maple Syrup Dressing

Spinach Salad with Pure Maple Syrup Dressing

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 11 min
  • Total: 21 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

You can usually find pure maple syrup at your local supermarket, or at a specialty foods store. It should be the only item listed on the ingredient list.


  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1 10-ounce package fresh spinach, torn, or 12 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup shredded smoked Cheddar


  1. Using a small frying pan or sauté pan, toast the pecans over low heat, shaking pan contents back and forth, for about 2-1/2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool and set aside.
  2. Add the oil to the pan and heat over medium-low heat, then add the shallot and sauté for 4 minutes.
  3. Pour in the maple syrup, vinegar and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.
  4. Place the spinach and cucumber into a large salad bowl and toss to combine, then pour over the maple dressing and toss again.
  5. Scatter the pecans and cheese over the salad and serve immediately.


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