Spinach, Pear, and Gruyere Salad with Sweet Dressing
Note: This recipe is especially for pregnant and breastfeeding women, but it can be a nutritious part of almost anyone's diet.
Prep time: 10 minutes
8 c. raw spinach
2 medium pears, sliced thin and cut into ½" pieces
2 oz. Gruyere cheese, sliced very thin (use potato peeler to slice)
4 tbsp. chopped candied walnuts (or regular walnuts or almonds)
freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp. canola oil
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. maple syrup
Whisk ingredients together in a microwave-safe container; heat on high 30 seconds.
Wash and dry spinach; tear into smaller pieces and place into large bowl.
Add sliced pear.
Toss spinach and pears with warm dressing.
Divide salad onto four plates; top with sliced Gruyere, nuts, and freshly ground pepper.
Makes: 4 servings
Serving size: 2 cups
Nutritional analysis (per serving):
8 g protein
16 g fat
3 g sat. fat
22 g carbohydrate
4 g fiber
15 mg cholesterol
96 mg sodium
220 mg calcium
2 mg iron
126 mcg folic acid
Note: Nutritional analysis may vary depending on ingredient brands used.
Why this recipe is good for pregnant or breastfeeding women:
This recipe is an excellent source of calcium, folic acid, and vitamins A, K, and C, all of which are important nutrients during pregnancy and breastfeeding.