Spinach Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 Serves


  • 4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 16-oz. cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 11-oz. cans mandarin oranges in water drained
  • 2 small red onions thinly sliced
  • 18 ounces baby spinach washed and dried


  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the pecans and cook about 3 minutes till golden. Remove the skillet from heat and using a slotted spoon, transfer the pecans to a plate.
  • To the oil in the skillet add the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Stir till the sugar is dissolved. Remove skillet from heat.
  • Rinse and drain the beans. Drain the oranges. Thinly slice the onions.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, beans, oranges and onions. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Sprinkle the pecans on top.


Per Serving: 413 Calories; 21g Fat; 15g Protein; 44g Carbohydrate; 13g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 526mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain (Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Fruit; 3 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.
SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve with TexMex Quesadillas (see recipe).
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