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Candied Pecan, Pear, and Spinach Salad

Serves 6

Total Time
30 mins

A little corn syrup is the secret to keeping the candied nuts in this salad from crystallizing. (And they make a great quick appetizer or gift from your kitchen too.)

Candied Pecan, Pear, and Spinach Salad

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
 2 tablespoons sugar
 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom, divided
 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
 1 cup pecan halves
 3 tablespoons roasted pecan oil or extra-virgin olive oil
 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
 1/8 teaspoon pepper
 1 tablespoon minced shallot
 8 ounces baby spinach leaves
 2 medium firm-ripe pears, thinly sliced
Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup, 1/4 tsp. each salt and cardamom, the cayenne, and cloves. Stir in nuts. Spread onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 2

Bake, stirring once in a while with a fork, until syrup is deep golden, about 15 minutes. Stir again, then transfer nuts on paper to a work surface. Let nuts cool, breaking them up after 5 minutes.

Step 3

Whisk oil, vinegar, pepper, shallot, and remaining 1/4 tsp. each salt and cardamom in a large bowl. Gently toss with spinach, pears, and nuts. Serve immediately.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 261Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g30%

Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 259mg11%
Total Carbohydrate 25g9%

Dietary Fiber 5.2g21%
Protein 2.7g6%

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