Pure maple syrup, as opposed to artificially flavored and colored “pancake” syrup, is an extraordinary cooking ingredient. Here it adds body as well as rich flavor to the dressing, providing a perfect counterpoint to the smoked cheese.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1999

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Toast pecans in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring often, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

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  • Toss spinach and cucumber in a salad bowl.

  • Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add vinegar and maple syrup and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Immediately pour the dressing over the spinach and cucumber. Toss well and sprinkle with cheese and toasted pecans.

Nutrition Facts

163 calories; protein 4.3g 9% DV; carbohydrates 11.8g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 2.3g 9% DV; sugars 7.5g; fat 11.5g 18% DV; saturated fat 2.3g 12% DV; cholesterol 7.1mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 6764.1IU 135% DV; vitamin c 21.9mg 36% DV; folate 147.9mcg 37% DV; calcium 136.3mg 14% DV; iron 2.2mg 12% DV; magnesium 71.7mg 26% DV; potassium 530.9mg 15% DV; sodium 183.3mg 7% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV.

Reviews (5)

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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2016
Have been making this for years since it originally came out in EW magazine - always a hit! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2012
the go-to salad! I've made this for my family since it came out in the issue. I've brought to pot lucks for years and it's ALWAYS gone! People love it. Pros: easy and has all the stuff we like Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I don't even like spinach and I love this salad. I used GS apples instead of cukes as that is what I had on hand. Unfortunately I was also out of pecans which would make this even more yummy. Will definitely make this again. Lisa Westborough MA Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
LOVED this recipe! Great flavor and easy to make. I served it with Maple-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops which were also very good! Never would have thought of maple as an ingredient to sauce and especially not combined with mustard but it was just enough to give it great flavor. Will make the salad again for sure! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My 8 year old ate a plate full of this salad on Sunday and has asked me to make it again. Tonight we're trying it over regular leaf lettuce just to see how it goes. We highly recommend this salad! Read More