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Holiday Spinach Pecan Salad

Holiday Spinach Pecan Salad

This month’s Food ‘n Flix Challenge is the movie Clueless. The main character in the movie, Char, is constantly trying to help her father eat healthy. She often will make him or bring him a salad and makes sure that he eats it for dinner. Given her focus on eating healthy I was inspired to post the Holiday Spinach Pecan Salad recipe that I really love. This one is so yummy that I don’t think Char would have to twist her dad’s arm to get him to eat it. It’s full of candied pecans, blue cheese, apples and a light but yummy vinaigrette dressing. 

Clueless is a fun movie from the 90’s full of “trendy” fashion from the time and catch phrases such as “As If” or “Whatever”. It makes me giggle to watch and ultimately, we do actually like the characters who at first seem incredibly shallow. It’s a classic love story in that the last person the main character thought she would be interested in turns out to be a perfect match. I encourage you to watch the movie if you like romantic comedies. It is based on Jane Austen’s Emma. 

Holiday Spinach Pecan Salad Recipe

Holiday Spinach Pecan Salad

Holiday Spinach Pecan Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Holiday Spinach Pecan Salad includes sweet apples, tangy blue cheese and candied pecans, a perfect addition to the holiday table!


  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • ½ cup pecan halves
  • 7 oz. baby spinach, washed
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper


  1. Melt butter and sugar in a small skillet over low heat, stirring constantly. Add pecan halves; cook 2 to 3 minutes, turning to coat. Remove coated pecans from skillet, and cool on parchment or wax paper.
  2. Toss spinach, apple, cheese, and pecans in a serving bowl. Whisk oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; drizzle over salad, tossing gently to coat.


You can substitute the apple of your choice, whatever looks best in the market!

Adapted from Christmas with Southern Living 2003

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 327mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 6g

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Holiday Spinach Pecan Salad
Holiday Spinach Pecan Salad

Food ‘n Flix

Food 'n Flix
Food ‘n Flix

This month’s edition of Food ‘n Flix is hosted by All Roads Lead To The Kitchen with her pick, Clueless.

If you don’t have time to join us this month, but would like to start up in the new year, pick up a copy of Wreck It Ralph since that is January’s flick pick as chosen by our next hostess, Amy at Amy’s Cooking Adventures.

Fandom Foodies

I am also sharing this with the Fandom Foodies #JaneAustenBites link-up, right here at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen!

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  1. I don’t know about Cher’s dad, but I know my arm wouldn’t need any twisting to enjoy this salad. It’s perfect for the season – love all those ingredients!

  2. What a perfectly lovely salad…

  3. That looks totally worth it. -Kimberly (coffee and casseroles)

  4. I think a lot of us went the healthy route and were inspired by the food that Cher tries to push on her father. Your recipe is so going to be our lunch today as I have Harry & David pears I need to use up from a holiday box.

  5. This salad looks delicious and definitely would not require arm twisting. The combo of spinach, apples, blue cheese and pecans is a winner. 😉

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