I had a spinach salad at a restaurant the other day, and I mention this for a couple of reasons. One, I don’t normally buy a salad before my meal, and two, it was so delicious that I had to recreate it. The waitress totally convinced me to try it when she mentioned that there were dried cherries and goat cheese on it. I mean, I’m a sucker for goat cheese.
I’m not usually a fan of raw baby spinach, though I have been eating it more often lately and this salad is definitely a great way to get your greens. It’s also a perfectly light and fresh flavor for these warming months. This salad has walnuts for crunch, dried cherries for a bit of sweetness, and goat cheese for that hint of tang. The goat cheese is similar to feta, but creamier. It’s usually in the specialty cheese section, near the feta sometimes.
At the restaurant, they used a balsamic vinaigrette dressing, but I decided to use a raspberry vinaigrette at home. Either works well with the flavors, and you could even use a cream based dressing if you desire. I just felt that the cream based ones were a bit heavy for this, and wanted to keep it lighter. This salad takes almost no time to put together and is super satisfying. I’ll definitely be having this for quite a few lunches.