Winter Spinach Salad

By the time you read this I will hopefully have just about finished a 13 hour car ride to Utah.  Please feel sorry for me! Fortunately I have a good book on tape to listen to and hopefully we won’t have hit too much snow.  But it will all be worth it because I get to see my three college kids! (o.k. so one is graduated from college but it’s just easier to say three college kids!)

I got off pretty easy this year in the Thanksgiving food preparation department.  The only thing I was asked to bring was a salad although I did volunteer to make apple dumplings too!

Since a Thanksgiving plate can be a little lacking in color – turkey, gravy, potatoes, dressing, rolls – all pretty colorless food the salad needs to provide the color on the plate.

A nice green spinach does just that!  Throw in some sugared pecans, crispy green apples, red grapes, Gorgonzola cheese and some dried cherries and you have a pretty and yummy combination.  I buy my dried cherries at Trader Joes but you could always use craisins  too. Not only does this salad provide some pretty color for the dinner plate but it adds some wonderful texture and flavor!

Winter Spinach Salad

This recipe is a combination of two different salad recipes from a church cookbook I have.  The salad recipe is from my friend Jeanne with just a few tweeks.  I used Gorgonzola cheese instead of Goat cheese and pecans instead of walnuts.

The dressing is from another recipe.  I thought the addition of maple syrup to the dressing was perfect for Thanksgiving and the fall.  The dressing is very light and instead of sugar you use maple syrup (be sure and use the real stuff).  I love anything with maple syrup!

So if you need a last minute salad addition to your Thanksgiving menu give this one a try and if you don’t, this salad is perfect anytime even if it’s not winter!  Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Winter Spinach Salad
  • 1 bunch baby spinach
  • ½ C dried cherries or craisins
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 green apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ C seedless red grapes, cut in half
  • ¼ C sugared pecans
  • ½ C crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • ½ C olive oil
  • ¼ C cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp shallots minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  1. Combine spinach, cherries, green onions, apple slices, grapes and pecans
  2. Add dressing and toss
  3. Garnish with Gorgonzola cheese
  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake until evenly combined


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Mary Kathryn says

    Thank You!!! This is the last thing I needed. Unfortunately I am very sick. I am hoping to be better so we can have a Thanksgiving. Also I came up with a dessert. I will let you know if it works out. :)

  2. says

    MMM delicious! I think the problem is I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving WAY too much. Such a great time for food and goodness! :p

    Thanks for the fantastic recipe! You have a great thanksgiving!

  3. says

    Sounds and LOOKS delicious. I’d make it for tomorrow, but I think the one more trip to the store might overtax the patience of my husband, who does all of the grocery shopping for me…he went last night for the promised “This is the last thing I need! – fresh pineapple, papayas and powdered sugar. Promise!” LOL. Have a great reunion with your college aged children…Happy Thanksgiving! (I’ll try this one next week…when I’m still thankful, as always, with your blog.)

  4. Valerie H. says

    Thanks for sharing your holiday recipes Leigh Anne. They sound great!
    My stuffing recipe that I’ve used for years is similar to yours but has some
    differeces too. Here it is:

    Thanksgiving Stuffing

    1 large onion, chopped
    8 stalks celery, chopped or diced
    1 stick melted butter
    2 lbs. pork sausage (Like Jimmy Dean)
    2 pkgs. bread coutons (Pepperidge Farm Stuffing)
    Dry sage to taste (use lots!!!)
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Cook Stuffing as directed on package. Saute’ onion and celery in butter. Brown
    sausage and drain fat. In bowl mix all ingredients together adding a little water and bring to desired consistency. Valerie H.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving in Utah!

  5. says

    that is so funny! i am bringing the SAME salad to our Turkey Feast, and i was going to email you TODAY for a good dressing recipe! so funny. great minds think alike! thank you for having ESP and rescuing me :) have a great day and i’ll see you when you get back in town. p.s. you were missed at yoga last night!


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