Spinach Salad with Pears, Pecans and Goat Cheese

This delicious spinach salad gets crunch from toasted pecans, creaminess from goat cheese and sweetness from juicy ripe pears!
Course Salad
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 453kcal


For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard , optional (helps to emulsify the dressing though)
  • pinch of salt and pepper

For the Salad:

  • 8 cups baby spinach , washed and dried
  • 1/2 cup pecans , toasted and chopped
  • 2 large ripe pears , peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 1/3 cup plain goat cheese , crumbled


For the Dressing:

  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. Alternatively, you can add the ingredients to a mason jar, screw the lid on tightly, and shake to combine.

For the Salad:

  • Place spinach and pecans in a large bowl. Add a few spoonfuls of dressing, then use your hands to toss the salad to combine the ingredients. Add the pear slices to the salad, and toss again, gently.
  • Divide the salad among serving plates, and top with goat cheese and extra dressing as needed. Serve immediately.


Please note that the nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate, and has been calculated using a plugin. 


Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 116.9% | Vitamin C: 25.1% | Calcium: 10.7% | Iron: 15.1%