Spinach Salad with Caramelized Pecans

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup Priester's pecan halves
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 6 ounce package fresh baby spinach
  • 1 each large Granny Smith apple, cored, sliced, and then cut each slice into bite-size
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar

Melt butter in small frying pan over low heat. Add pecans and brown sugar. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture is caramelized. Spread out on wax paper to cool. In a bowl toss together spinach, pecans, apple and cheese. Add oil and vinegar and toss again until everything is coated. Note: To make ahead for a special dinner, toss apple with dressing. Layer on greens, cheese, and pecans. Cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator until needed, tossing just before serving.