Our simple Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and a Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe is our go-to side dish for entertaining!
Need an easy way to add greens to your entertaining menu? This Spinach Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe 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 for dinner without having to race to the store.
How to make a balsamic vinaigrette
It’s so easy and flavorful you’ll never go back to the bottled stuff again. This balsamic vinaigrette recipe, in particular, is my go-to dressing; it mixes up quickly and uses ingredients from the pantry. It has a little dijon mustard in it to add some depth without overpowering it. Simple and delicious.
What add-ins are good in a spinach salad?
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. Add some grilled chicken, and you have dinner already done. How’s that for easy?
I’m not a goat cheese fan. Can I use a different kind of cheese in this spinach salad?
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. Be creative and do what works for your family.
Spinach salads are a great (and tasty) way to get your greens in.
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- 8 ounces baby spinach, washed and dried
- 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
- 1/2 cup craisins
- pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 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.
Serving Size:2 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380 Total Fat: 30g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 23g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 380mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 17g Protein: 8g