The apple obsession continues!

This time it’s a super simple dish that you can throw together in no time. And it includes cucumbers. Yes, cucumbers. Cucumbers are a veggie that have never made an appearance here because they used to make me want to vomit.

Then I bought some sweet cucumbers from Trader Joe’s and juiced them with an apple. And the juice was full of deliciousness. So I attempted to add these cucumbers in said salad. They were okay. I enjoyed them most when the bite was paired with the apple or pecans. No surprise there, right? I wonder if a day will come when I actually dump chocolate sauce on vegetables.

All this means is that you will love the cucumbers on the salad. I am not normal.
You must try this combo! I have waxed poetic about how I am a fan of sweet and savory mixes in the same dish, and this salad doesn’t disappoint. Sweet apples and crunchy pecans definitely makes this salad much easier for me to choke down burst with flavor.


Roasted Apple, Pecan and Chicken Spinach Salad

2 cups baby spinch

1/4 cup cucumber slices, chopped

1 apple, chopped

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 ounce pecans

3 ounces grilled chicken

Preheat oven to 425.

Chop apple, sprinkle with cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Roast for 15 minutes, or until caramelized.

Combine spinach, chicken, pecans and apples together. Top with dressing.
Apple Cider Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (I used red apple)

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients together and whisk well. If dressing is too sweet, add a pinch of sugar. I like my dressings very tart!

What fall flavors are you loving in a salad these days? I love me some apple. You know it’s really just a vehicle to get the spinach in my belly.
Note: If you want to try the Fustini’s vinegar that I’ve been raving about, you can enter the code howsweet10 and receive 10% off your order!

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78 Responses to “Roasted Apple, Pecan and Chicken Spinach Salad.”

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    Moni's Meals — October 7, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    Sweet salad! I am looking forward to Persimmons baby! :)


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    Yum Yucky — October 7, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    What’s with all this healthiness? You DO know spinach is a veggie, right? Are you turning over a new (spinach)leaf?


    • Jessica — October 7th, 2010 @ 12:01 pm



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    Emily Marie — October 7, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

    Hmm, all your talk about the cucumbers, and then I can’t find them in he ingrediant list! :)

    This salad does look fantastic, and I agree with someone’s comment about adding bacon!


    • Jessica — October 7th, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

      Oops! Fixed. ;)


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    amanda — October 7, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    I love fruit in salads. I know in the summer I will put strawberries in my spinach salad all the time. Delicious!


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    Andrea @ — October 7, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    aaahhh delicious!


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    Megan (Braise The Roof) — October 7, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    I love that you’re incorporating vegetables that some of the rest of us like- you’re such a team player. :) You know what would be really good on that salad? CANDIED pecans. What??


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    homecookedem — October 7, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

    What a yummy way to make a healthy meal! Looks great!! :)


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    Cara Craves... — October 7, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

    I love the crunch that apples and nuts give a salad.


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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 7, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    Jess, there have been A LOT of veggies on How Sweet Eats lately… this is NOT the same Jess whose blog I read a few months ago! Looks delicious!


  10. #
    stacey-healthylife — October 7, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

    What a gorgeous bright salad.


  11. #
    Diane — October 8, 2010 @ 6:47 am

    This looks DEE-LICIOUS. I think I will definitely give this one a go. Thanks for sharing.


  12. #
    Emily @ For Sweets Sake — October 8, 2010 @ 8:56 am

    Bacon would probably be delicious on this salad ;)


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    Gloria Kelley — October 8, 2010 @ 9:17 am

    The dressing recipe calls for 1 tsp. apple cider dressing. Do you mean apple cider vinegar? This is one salad that suits me well and I intend to make it – today!!


    • Jessica — October 8th, 2010 @ 9:20 am

      Yes so sorry – just fixed it!


  14. #
    Karen — October 8, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

    This salad looks delicious!! I can not wait to try it!!

    P.S. Love your blog!


  15. #
    Alexandra — October 11, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    I love how simple yet elegant it looks. Apples in a salad are such a pleasure.


  16. #
    Ingrid — October 12, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    Always love a great salad!


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    Bethany @ Accidental Intentions — October 13, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

    Jessica. Why are your recipes so mindblowing? Seriously dude. This was the best salad I’ve had in AGES. The apples…! omg. Dead with happiness.


  18. #
    Shasta Amoros — June 7, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    In the United States, the difference between apple juice and cider is not well established. Some states do specify a difference. For example, according to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, “Apple juice and apple cider are both fruit beverages made from apples, but there is a difference between the two.,*:”

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