Food Pyramid For Kids: Spinach And Pecan Salad

    Rich in antioxidants, iron, and vitamins, spinach is something of a miracle food. Unfortunately, as all parents know, it can feel like it would take a miracle to get the kids to eat it. But even the pickiest eaters have been known to love this sweet pecan spinach salad. Try it!


    • 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 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 shallot, finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    • Salt and fresh ground pepper

    Toast pecans in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes, and then set aside to cool. Toss spinach and cucumber in a salad bowl. Heat oil in the same skillet over a medium-low flame. Then toss in the shallots and cook until they soften (about 4 minutes). Add vinegar and maple syrup and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

    Don’t wait for the dressing to cool. Instead, pour it over the spinach and cucumber. Toss well and sprinkle with cheese and toasted pecans

    Serves 4

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