A perfect summer salad with ripe peaches, baby spinach, and roasted pecans

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Arrange pecans on a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes, until they just begin to darken. Remove from oven and set aside.

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  • Peel peaches (if desired) and slice into bite-sized segments. Combine peaches, spinach and pecans in a large bowl. Toss with dressing until evenly coated, adding a little additional dressing, if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

253.1 calories; 2.9 g protein; 11.4 g carbohydrates; 5.3 mg cholesterol; 131.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2006
This salad was awesome and got rave reviews from the ultra picky husband! The only things I changed were adding fresh parmesean cheese and I drizzled honey over the pecans before baking. Also, the 1/4 cup of poppy sead dressing seemed to be too much and made the spinach leafs a little soggy, so I had to add a cup more spinach. So you might want to add dressing to taste instead of pouring the whole 1/4 cup in like I did. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/25/2005
Nice combination of flavors and colors but...is the dressing part of the recipe missing? I bought a bottle of poppyseed dressing and it was ok but not great. I bet a great dressing recipe would make this sing. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2006
This salad was awesome and got rave reviews from the ultra picky husband! The only things I changed were adding fresh parmesean cheese and I drizzled honey over the pecans before baking. Also, the 1/4 cup of poppy sead dressing seemed to be too much and made the spinach leafs a little soggy, so I had to add a cup more spinach. So you might want to add dressing to taste instead of pouring the whole 1/4 cup in like I did. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2007
We are in LOVE with this recipe. It is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Who would think so few ingredients could make such an impact. The first night we ate so much of it we were too full for the rest of our dinner, so the next time I made it I grilled some chicken to serve on top and that was our dinner - very yummy! I used Paula's Poppyseed Dressing recipe from this website and it was fantastic. We avoid sugar so I substituted Splenda in the dressing recipe and we all loved it! One time I was out of pecans so I used walnuts and it was just great - the important part is the toasting. Thanks so much for this new staple in our house. Edited to add that I have now tried it with grilled steak on it as well. We will use this every way we can think of. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2004
Terrific recipe. Great tasting and super quick. I also make a variation of this using strawberries and pink grapefruit sections everything else is the same. The color of the peaches against the spinach was beautiful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2010
FABULOUS salad combination!! My husband, who is a salad connoisseur, said that it is perfect as is. Believe me, this is very high praise coming from him! I served with a strawberry vinaigrette I'd made for another salad - it was perfect! Here's the recipe for it for those who are interested: In a small jar, combine the following ingredients and shake thoroughly (can use a blender for an even smoother consistency): 2 tsp. strawberry jam 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar 1/2 tsp. sugar 3 Tbsp. olive oil Salt and Pepper, to taste Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2006
Excellent combo of flavors and colors. I used Brianna's poppyseed dressing- it was $3 for the bottle- very good. I think adding strawberries would be a nice touch too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2004
I made this recipe for a family July 4th get-together. Super easy and very good. I bought a large bag of pre-washed baby spinach and used a good bottled dressing and this salad was ready in minutes. A nice and different combination of flavors. Make sure you roast your pecans. Will make this again especially when fresh peaches are in their prime. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2003
Yummy yummy yummy! This is fabulous! It is our new favorite salad. Perfect with salmon and some crusty bread. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2004
YUM YUM YUM - this salad dressing is the BEST! I am not a big fan of fruity salads - but this one really is great! I love the spinach the nuts eveerything! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Spinach and peaches??? Whowuddathunk? It's fantastic though...:-) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/25/2005
Nice combination of flavors and colors but...is the dressing part of the recipe missing? I bought a bottle of poppyseed dressing and it was ok but not great. I bet a great dressing recipe would make this sing. Read More
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