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Spinach and Citrus Salad with Sweet and Spicy Pecans

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3 cups fresh spinach, washed and dried, cut into chiffonade

2 green onions, chopped

1 orange, supremed and halved

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup pecan halves

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Citrus Dressing, recipe follows

Citrus Dressing:

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons orange or grapefruit juice (or a combination)

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Put the spinach and green onions in large salad bowl and sprinkle with the halved citrus supremes. In a small saute pan over medium heat, add the butter and sugar and stir until the butter is melted. Add the pecans and toss until the pecans begin to brown. Stir in the rosemary and cayenne and stir just a few seconds to release the aroma. Remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle the pecans on the salad while still warm. Drizzle the dressing over salad and serve.

Citrus Dressing:

  1. In a small bowl, add all the ingredients and whisk until emulsified.