Fresh Spinach Salad with Grapefruit and Pecans Recipe

Fresh Spinach Salad with Grapefruit and Pecans

Fresh Spinach Salad with Grapefruit and Pecans Recipe
Preparation time: 15 minutes | Servings: 4


Fresh Spinach Salad with Grapefruit and Pecans
Fresh Spinach Salad with Grapefruit and Pecans

Fresh Spinach Salad with Grapefruit and Pecans is a refreshing and nutritious salad that combines the earthy flavor of spinach with the tangy sweetness of grapefruit and the crunch of toasted pecans. This salad is perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish for a dinner party.


This recipe is a modern twist on the classic spinach salad, which has been a popular dish for decades. The addition of grapefruit adds a burst of citrus flavor, while the pecans provide a satisfying crunch. This recipe is a favorite among health-conscious individuals looking for a delicious way to incorporate more greens into their diet.


How to prepare

  1. Tear the spinach leaves from the stems.
  2. Wash and completely dry them.
  3. Place the spinach in a large salad bowl, tearing any large leaves into bite-size pieces.
  4. Toss the grapefruit sections with the spinach.
  5. Combine the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, maple syrup, and serrano pepper. Whisk them together or shake them in an airtight container until the salt is dissolved.
  6. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss it to evenly coat all the ingredients.
  7. Garnish the salad with chopped pecans.


  • Swap out the pecans for walnuts or almonds for a different flavor profile.
  • Add crumbled feta or goat cheese for a creamy and tangy element.
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze or honey for a touch of sweetness.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to thoroughly wash and dry the spinach leaves to remove any dirt or grit.

- Toasting the pecans before adding them to the salad enhances their flavor and crunch.

- For a spicier kick, increase the amount of minced serrano pepper in the dressing.

- Use a sharp knife to carefully peel and section the grapefruits to avoid any bitter pith.

Serving Suggestions

This salad pairs well with grilled chicken or fish for a complete and satisfying meal. Serve it alongside a bowl of soup or a crusty baguette for a light lunch.

Cooking Techniques

To toast the pecans, spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 5-7 minutes, or until fragrant.

- Use a sharp knife to carefully peel and section the grapefruits, removing any white pith.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use baby spinach or mixed greens in place of the fresh spinach.

- Substitute orange or blood orange for the grapefruit for a different citrus flavor.

- Use honey or agave nectar in place of maple syrup in the dressing.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the dressing and toast the pecans ahead of time and store them in separate containers until ready to assemble the salad. Wait to toss the salad with the dressing until just before serving to prevent wilting.

Presentation Ideas

Serve this salad in a large, shallow bowl to show off the vibrant colors of the spinach and grapefruit. Garnish with additional pecans and a sprinkle of fresh herbs for an elegant touch.

Pairing Recommendations

This salad pairs well with a crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. For a non-alcoholic option, try serving it with a sparkling water infused with fresh herbs or citrus.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Leftover salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The spinach may wilt slightly, but the flavors will still be delicious. Do not freeze this salad, as the texture of the spinach and grapefruit will be compromised.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Fresh Spinach Salad with Grapefruit and Pecans contains approximately 250 calories.


This salad is low in carbohydrates, making it a great option for those following a low-carb or keto diet. Each serving contains approximately 10 grams of carbohydrates.


The main source of fat in this salad comes from the olive oil and pecans. Each serving contains approximately 20 grams of healthy fats.


While this salad is not a significant source of protein, each serving contains approximately 5 grams of protein from the spinach and pecans.

Vitamins and minerals

Fresh spinach is a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron and calcium. Grapefruit is high in vitamin C and fiber, while pecans provide magnesium and antioxidants.


This recipe contains nuts (pecans) and may not be suitable for those with nut allergies. Be sure to check for any other allergens in the ingredients used.


Overall, this salad is a nutritious and delicious option for a light meal or side dish. It is high in vitamins and minerals, low in carbohydrates, and moderate in calories.


Fresh Spinach Salad with Grapefruit and Pecans is a light and refreshing dish that is perfect for a healthy meal or side dish. Packed with vitamins and minerals, this salad is as nutritious as it is delicious. Enjoy the combination of flavors and textures in every bite!

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Martha for lunch. As we sat down to eat, she brought out a beautiful bowl filled with vibrant greens, juicy grapefruit slices, and crunchy pecans. The combination of flavors and textures was like nothing I had ever tasted before.

I asked Martha where she had learned to make such a delicious salad, and she told me that it was a recipe she had picked up while traveling in California. The fresh spinach was from a local farmer's market, the grapefruit was picked from a nearby orchard, and the pecans were harvested from a farm down the road. Everything was so fresh and flavorful, it was no wonder the salad was so delicious.

I couldn't stop thinking about that salad after I left Martha's house. I knew I had to recreate it at home. I went to the farmer's market the next day and bought a big bunch of spinach, a few grapefruits, and a bag of pecans. I was determined to make the salad just like Martha had.

As I started prepping the ingredients, I realized that the key to this salad was the freshness of the ingredients. The spinach was crisp and vibrant, the grapefruit was juicy and sweet, and the pecans were perfectly toasted and crunchy. I carefully washed and dried the spinach, segmented the grapefruit, and toasted the pecans in a dry skillet until they were fragrant and golden brown.

I tossed everything together in a big bowl and drizzled on a simple vinaigrette made with olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a touch of honey. The flavors melded together beautifully, each bite a burst of freshness and crunch.

I was so proud of how the salad turned out that I couldn't wait to share it with my family. I served it as a side dish for dinner that night, and everyone raved about how delicious it was. My husband said it was the best salad he had ever tasted, and my children couldn't get enough of the sweet and tangy grapefruit slices.

From that day on, Fresh Spinach Salad with Grapefruit and Pecans became a staple in our household. I made it for every family gathering, every potluck, and every holiday meal. It was a dish that brought us all together, a dish that reminded us of warm summer days and good times with friends.

Over the years, I have made this salad countless times, each time tweaking the recipe ever so slightly to suit my taste. Sometimes I add a handful of crumbled feta cheese for a creamy tang, other times I sprinkle on some dried cranberries for a sweet pop of flavor. But no matter how I choose to make it, the salad always brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart.

I am grateful to Martha for introducing me to this wonderful recipe, a recipe that has become a beloved tradition in our family. I hope that one day, my own grandchildren will learn to make this salad and pass it down to future generations, just as I have. Because good food is meant to be shared and enjoyed, and this Fresh Spinach Salad with Grapefruit and Pecans is a dish worth savoring.


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