Autumn Spinach Salad Recipe

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Autumn Spinach Salad - an easy fall salad recipe with spinach, pear, blue cheese, pecans, red onion, and an easy sweetened vinaigrette.

Fall is here, and I have a fabulous Autumn Spinach Salad for you all today. Full of fresh flavors like baby spinach, toasted nuts, crumbled blue cheese, red onion slices, fresh pear, and mixed with an easy homemade dijon vinaigrette sweetened with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener. This spinach salad is like Autumn in a bowl. You will want to put this salad not only on your holiday menu, but your weekly menu!

Autumn Spinach Salad - an easy fall salad recipe with spinach, pear, blue cheese, pecans, red onion, and an easy sweetened vinaigrette.

Hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner, isn’t it? I’m super excited about all the holiday baking and cooking; actually, I’ve already gotten started. That’s not strange, right? This year is going to be a little different for me. Unfortunately, I had a small scare at the doctor’s office earlier this year. Everything turned out ok, but knowing diabetes and other conditions run in my family, I knew I had to take my health a bit more seriously. Conducting a healthy lifestyle is a daily struggle, but I’m doing great. I have my occasional setbacks, but I’m eating healthier, exercising more, and watching my sugar intake. I’m eating a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables, and less sugar and desserts on a daily basis. I know, no fun right? Wrong! I feel better than ever and there are so many food possibilities. I’m still enjoying some treats on occasion, but I’m eating better on a regular basis and swapping out sugar where I can.

Autumn Spinach Salad - an easy fall salad recipe with spinach, pear, blue cheese, pecans, red onion, and an easy sweetened vinaigrette.

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Autumn Spinach Salad - an easy fall salad recipe with spinach, pear, blue cheese, pecans, red onion, and an easy sweetened vinaigrette.

So let’s talk about this Autumn Spinach Salad recipe! I’ve been making this salad and vinaigrette for years. This spinach salad is bursting with flavor and fresh ingredients including loads of fresh spinach, toasted pecans, sliced fresh pears, crumbled blue cheese, and red onion slices. How easy is that? It’s the perfect fall dish. It’s a great side dish for any meal OR as a main dish. You could even add a little precooked chicken for a heartier main dish.

Autumn Spinach Salad - an easy fall salad recipe with spinach, pear, blue cheese, pecans, red onion, and an easy sweetened vinaigrette.

After you get your salad together, make the vinaigrette in a separate bowl. Typically, there’s a lot of added sugar in the dressing. I generally use granulated sugar, but I thought I’d swap out the sugar in the recipe for SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener. The salad dressing is super easy and only takes a few minutes to put together. Most of the ingredients you probably have in your house. The salad turned out fabulous! I really couldn’t tell the difference without the sugar and neither could my family. It was just as delicious as ever. There’s a good chance that if you’re at my house this fall you’ll be having this salad. :)

Autumn Spinach Salad - an easy fall salad recipe with spinach, pear, blue cheese, pecans, red onion, and an easy sweetened vinaigrette.

Here’s to a healthy and happy holiday season! Hope you enjoy my Autumn Spinach Salad!

Autumn Spinach Salad - an easy fall salad recipe with spinach, pear, blue cheese, pecans, red onion, and an easy sweetened vinaigrette.

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Autumn Spinach Salad Recipe
5.0 from 9 reviews
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep time:
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Serves: 8 servings
Autumn Spinach Salad, an easy salad recipe with fresh spinach, pecans, red onion, blue cheese, and a quick vinaigrette sweetened with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener.
  • 12 cups (about 12 ounces) fresh baby spinach leaves, washed & dried
  • 2 ripe pears, cored & thinly sliced
  • 1½ cups pecan halves, toasted
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 small red onion, peeled & thinly sliced
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil
  1. In a large serving bowl, toss together spinach, pear slices, pecan halves, blue cheese, and red onion sliced until well combined.
  2. In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together vinegar, SPLENDA®, mustard, salt, and pepper. Gradually whisk in olive oil until well combined.
  3. Pour desired amount of dressing over salad, and toss to combine. Serve with any remaining dressing.
SNAPPY TIPS: Vinaigrette may be made ahead and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days.

SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Instead of pecans, you could use walnuts. SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend may also be substituted for the SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener.

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  1. That looks so delicious and perfect for Fall! I can taste it already. That vinagrette looks delicious for other salads too and so easy! BTW- I absolutely love your food photography. You always make the food come alive!

  2. Looks so delish! Making this tonite!! Thanks

  3. Would goat cheese be a good substitute for blue cheese, I’ve never been that find of blue cheese?

    • Hi Lisa! Yes, goat cheese would be great too. I never liked blue cheese growing up and now love it. Maybe give it another try or definitely go for the goat cheese.

  4. I love this combination of crunchy nuts, pears, and cheese….it’s even better when you can cut back on the sugar!

  5. If I had spinach in my fridge, I’d make it today! Looks yummy and pretty too!

  6. This looks amazing!! And I love that you cut out the sugar and a bunch of calories – will definitely try it out!

  7. This is one of my favorite ways to get my daily quotient of blue cheese. Mmm, mmmm, good!!

  8. Looks delish! Spinach looks super fresh! Dressing with Splenda is a must try for me!

  9. Yippee! I just bought a huge pack of baby spinach! I might try with apples and walnuts instead (pears and pecans look delish, but going to give it a shot with what I have on hand.

  10. Carole Resnick says:

    I have a similar recipe with dried cranberries, mandarin oranges. candied pecans and blue cheese crumbles, Cranberry Vinagrette.

  11. Have never used splenda. Salad looks delicious

  12. Lisa- another beautiful and healthy creation! I have most of the ingredients on hand already so also easy!

  13. Love the easy swap to make it fewer calories!

  14. Merry Graham says:

    Your salad looks perfect for a party I will soon be having. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Lara Paschalidis says:

    Darn it Lisa – I just went to the grocery store twice today and now you are going to make me go back and get all of this. Looks awesome – can’t wait to try it out – I LOVE SPINACH SALADS!

  16. Amy Gettler says:

    So pretty and seasonal! I also need to cut back on the family sugar intake – I haven’t used Splenda in a recipe yet but I think I’ll try it!

  17. Sounds like the perfect fall salad.

  18. This looks delicious! I’m making this!

  19. What a delicious salad. My husband says this will be his new favorite. We love all of these ingredients and he has been using Splenda for years. I can think of several recipes I can use this vinaigrette on. Thank you

  20. Veronica Callaghan says:

    I think this looks like it will be a family favorite!

  21. Looks gorgeous! The dressing is classic – no one would miss the sugar … :)

  22. Nice way to slash calories without missing them.

    To me, Splenda tastes best in things with a little tartness or acid. I used to make a really good barbecue sauce with it.

  23. This looks great, Lisa! I am planning to test out the dressing recipe soon. I love Splenda and have been using it in place of sugar in many of the recipes I’ve made over the past few years.

  24. I love spinach salad and this recipe looks so delicious!

  25. Oh wow, this salad looks so yummy! I love pears and pecans together!

  26. Peggy Garbus says:

    Dear Snappy Gourmet,

    This is one of my all time favorite salad combinations and I’m glad to see this recipe using Splenda. Good for the tastebuds; even better for the waist-line! Can’t wait to serve it to my family!

  27. Wonderful idea Lisa! Never thought to use Splenda in dressing! Now I’m hungry for a yummy salad!

  28. Can’t wait to make this tonight. Lucky me, I just happen to have all the ingredients. I’ve been craving Ambler Farm Maple syrup though so I may swap it in as my sweetener. Thanks Lisa!

  29. Good for you for swapping out the sugar! This is a beautiful salad and can imagine how tasty, too! Love the simple dressing! Great!

  30. What an amazing looking salad! I love the addition of fresh fall pears….yum!

  31. What a lovely salad! I love fall salads with pears! So smart! And a simple dressing to boot! perfect!

  32. Looks super easy and super yum! thanks! :)

  33. Delicious salad! Was immediately asked to bring to another Christmas dinner!

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