Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Dressing


Pure maple syrup adds body and rich flavor to the dressing, providing a perfect counterpoint to the smoked cheese.

Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Dressing
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 12 cups torn mature spinach leaves or baby spinach

  • 3 mini cucumbers, sliced on the bias

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ cup shredded smoked cheese, such as Gouda or Cheddar

  • ¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Toss spinach and cucumbers in a large serving bowl.

  2. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring often, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add vinegar and maple syrup; bring to a boil. Stir in salt and pepper.

  3. Immediately pour the dressing over the spinach and cucumbers. Toss and sprinkle with cheese and pecans. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

132 Calories
10g Fat
9g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 132
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Vitamin A 3141IU 63%
Vitamin C 15mg 17%
Folate 98mcg 25%
Sodium 179mg 8%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 47mg 11%
Potassium 121mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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