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Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and Balsamic Vinaigrette

I love to eat a great salad for lunch or serve one as a side for dinner. And this spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette makes a frequent appearance on our table. I generally have spinach on hand for smoothies and to add to other dishes, so it is a snap to make this salad without having to race to the store. This balsamic vinaigrette in particular is my go-to dressing; it mixes up quickly and uses ingredients from the pantry. So easy and flavorful you’ll never go back to the bottled stuff again. It has a little dijon mustard in it to add some depth without overpowering it. Add some goat cheese, craisins and nuts, and you have yourself a fabulous salad. It’s packed with nutrients, full of flavor and so tasty – you really can’t go wrong.

Goat cheese not your thing? Feel free to add whatever you have on hand – feta, parmesan, gorgonzola – this spinach salad is so versatile, it goes with just about anything. Add some grilled chicken, and you have dinner already done. Be creative and do what works for your family. Spinach salads are a great (and tasty) way to get your greens in. Do you have a favorite dressing? Share it with us! We love new flavor combinations!

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and Balsamic Vinaigrette
 
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A spinach salad with goat cheese, craisins and a balsamic vinaigrette.
Recipe type: sides and salads
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Salad
  • 8 oz Baby Spinach, washed and dried
  • 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts
  • ½ cup craisins
  • Black Pepper to taste
Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1 T. Dijon Mustard
  • 3 T Balsamic Vinegar
  • 5 T Extra Virgin Olive OIl
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Place spinach, goat cheese, craisins, and nuts in a salad bowl. Whisk dressing ingredients together and drizzle over greens. Season to taste with fresh ground black pepper.
  2. Serve immediately

 

4 Comments

  1. This is very similar to one of my favorite salads, though I substitute Feta cheese for the goat cheese. I found my favorite brand of goat cheese is too soft. My salad is comprised of spinach, walnuts, feta cheese, and dried cranberries. Sometimes I’ll throw in some blueberries. The Balsamic Vinaigrette: 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar, 2 TBSP olive oil, ¼ tsp granulated garlic, ¼ tsp salt, 1 tsp brown sugar. Here’s another favorite salad: spinach, diced firm ripe pears, onion, dried cranberries, shredded parmesan. The dressing: 2 TBSP cider vinegar, 2 TBSP canola oil, 1 TBSP honey, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp ground black pepper.

    • Those combinations sound delicious! Thanks for sharing them!

  2. Had this salad for the first time at a wedding on the weekend. You can buy all the ingredients together from Loblaws in their pkg. salads. It is an organic salad kit. All I had to do was roast the walnuts and buy goat cheese. Going to accompany our pork loin roast with maple glaze and fresh green beans tonight!

    • Sounds delicious! Thanks for the tip! :)

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