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Drunken Apple Spinach Salad with Spiced Vinaigrette

Spice Islands®

Drunken Apple Spinach Salad with Spiced Vinaigrette


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

6 servings


1 cup cranapple juice

1/2 cup cherry flavored brandy

1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract

2 medium apples (use a crisp variety, such as Braeburn)

1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 cup Mazola® Pure Olive Oil

1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pumpkin Pie Spice

5 ounces (4 cups) fresh spinach leaves, rinsed and patted dry

1 cup pecan halves, toasted

2 ounces (1/4 cup) sharp cheddar cheese, diced


Bring juice, brandy and vanilla to a boil over high heat in medium saucepan. Peel and core apples. Cut apples in fourths, then slice each fourth into 1/4-inch slices. Add apples to saucepan; reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cool for 1 hour (for optimum color).

Whisk balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl.

Divide spinach leaves evenly between 4 to 6 salad plates. Sprinkle pecans and cheese over top. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Place an equal amount of apple slices on top of each salad. Serve.

Recipe Note: To toast pecans, place in a single layer in a baking pan. Bake at 375˚F for 5 to 7 minutes. Cool.

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