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Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

This salad is amazing and a family favorite – even my kids love this salad!

I’m a big fan of having a tasty salad before all the Thanksgiving festivities. This fills up my stomach so I don’t overeat and also gives me a healthy dose of spinach.

This salad is amazing and a family favorite – even my kids love this salad! If you looking for something different to bring this Thanksgiving, look no further!


For Poppy Seed Dressing:

1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
1 teaspoon grated onion
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine sugar, vinegar, salt, dry mustard and onion and process for 20 seconds. With blender or food processor on high, gradually add oil in a slow, steady stream. Stir in poppy seeds.

For Salad:

8 cups baby spinach leaves, stems trimmed, washed, and dried
1 cup dried sweetened cranberries or fresh pears work well with this
1/2 cup whole or chopped toasted walnuts
1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese

  1. Put all but a large handful of the spinach in a large bowl. Toss with most of the dressing. Add remaining spinach and continue tossing until well coated.
  2. Serve immediately topped with goat cheese, cranberries and walnuts.


This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on November 18th, 2012

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