Combine the vinegar, syrup and spices in a small bowl with a whisk (or a fork) and set them aside.
The pecans can be crushed with a rolling pin in a Ziploc bag for a fine crush, or broken up by hand to make larger pieces. You can also find bags of crushed pecans in the baking section at the grocery store.
In a larger bowl, gently toss the salad ingredients.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.