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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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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; carbohydrates 11.8g; dietary fiber 2.3g; sugars 7.5g; fat 11.5g; saturated fat 2.3g; cholesterol 7.1mg; vitamin a iu 6764.1IU; vitamin c 21.9mg; folate 147.9mcg; calcium 136.3mg; iron 2.2mg; magnesium 71.7mg; potassium 530.9mg; sodium 183.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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  • 5 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
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: 5 stars
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
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
Rating: 5 stars
Have been making this for years since it originally came out in EW magazine - always a hit! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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