Spinach and Melon Salad with Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 6 servings

Looking for a great summer salad that’s refreshing, colorful, and jam-packed with flavor? Give your taste buds a thrill with this fruity spinach salad accented with Maple Pecans, if desired.


Mapel Pecans
1/4 cup pecan halves
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Honey Citrus Vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
dash hot sauce
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
1 cup cubed seeded watermelon
1 cup cubed cantaloupe
1 small cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup thin red onion slices, halved
Honey Citrus Vinaigrette (recipe below)
Maple Pecans (optional, recipe below)


  1.  Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix pecans and syrup in a small bowl. Spread across pan and bake 10 minutes, or until toasty brown.
  3. Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss with pecans and dressing.




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