Fall Salad with Maple-Balsamic Dressing


An unusual mixture that creates a perfect fall salad!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
6 servings



  • 1 (10 ounce) package baby spinach leaves

  • 1 ¼ cups diced apple

  • 1 ¼ cups diced sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup dried cranberries

  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine spinach, apple, Cheddar cheese, cranberries, and pecans in a large salad bowl. Toss well.

  2. Combine balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and mustard in the bowl of an electric blender. Blend on medium speed until mixed well. While the blender is running, add olive oil in a steady stream. Blend until oil and vinegar are no longer separated. Add salt and pepper to taste and emulsify until creamy. Drizzle over salad and serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

You can tear the baby spinach leaves if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

637 Calories
52g Fat
37g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 637
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52g 67%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 243mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 284mg 22%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 441mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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