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Strawberry, Almond, & Goat Cheese Salad

April 14, 2016
Enjoy this light and sweet strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad that has a bright and zingy strawberry vinaigrette. The almonds give it a great crunch!

Enjoy this light and sweet strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad that has a bright and zingy strawberry vinaigrette. The almonds give it a great crunch!

Enjoy this light and sweet strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad that has a bright and zingy strawberry vinaigrette. The almonds give it a great crunch!

We’re trucking along with our month of springtime salads, and today we’re enjoying a strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad.  This is the only “leafy greens” salad that we’ll be covering this month, but it’s a good one, and it builds on the strawberry and almond flavors in the strawberry vinaigrette.

Skills & Techniques

If you would like to master some other culinary talents, here are some things I recommend reading up on:

  • How To Make A Vinaigrette : This is great because you’re making an unusual vinaigrette for today’s strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad since it puréed.
  • How To Purée : That just makes sense following the one before…right?
  • How To Buy & Store Berries : Find out what to look for to get juicy and ripe strawberries

Enjoy this light and sweet strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad that has a bright and zingy strawberry vinaigrette. The almonds give it a great crunch!

Enjoy this light and sweet strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad that has a bright and zingy strawberry vinaigrette. The almonds give it a great crunch!Leftovers?

Here’s the deal with green salads; once they are dressed they begin to wilt.  That means that this salad isn’t very good as leftovers.  So what do you do if you have extra?  Planning ahead is really about all you can do.  I recommend dressing each salad individually in an extra bowl before serving.  It creates an extra dish, but it allows you to have leftovers.  It’s a bit of a you win-some lose-some situation, so pick which is more important with you and go with that.

If you don’t dress your strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad, it can sit in in airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, and the salad dressing can hold for up to 5 days in its own container.  You may start to notice that your vinaigrette separates over time.  A couple quick pulses through the blender will fix the problem quickly.

Enjoy this light and sweet strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad that has a bright and zingy strawberry vinaigrette. The almonds give it a great crunch!

Strawberry, Almond, and Goat Cheese Salad

Don’t get weirded out by the almond extract in the vinaigrette, it can add a bit of a sweetness to the strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad without adding in any actual sweetener.  It can also be easily overpowering, and to many people it tastes like Christmas, so this is an optional ingredient.  Taste the vinaigrette after you’ve put it in and adjust the seasonings accordingly.  If it ends up being to strong for you, add a few extra strawberries and that should help even it out.


Get your free printable grocery list for this Strawberry, Almond, and Goat Cheese Salad recipe HERE.


 

If you’ve never used one of your grocery lists before, all of the ingredients are listed in easy-to-find grocery store amounts.  Grocery shopping shouldn’t be stressful, so hopefully this will help out!  If no amounts are listed, that means you can buy the smallest amount available at the store and still have some leftover.

Enjoy this light and sweet strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad that has a bright and zingy strawberry vinaigrette. The almonds give it a great crunch!
Enjoy this light and sweet strawberry, almond, and goat cheese salad that has a bright and zingy strawberry vinaigrette. The almonds give it a great crunch!

Strawberry, Almond, & Goat Cheese Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

    

April 14, 2016

This sweet and tangy Strawberry, Almond, & Goat Cheese Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette is light enough for a hot day while staying filling.

  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

Toasted Almonds

1 cup sliced almonds

Strawberry Vinaigrette

1 cup chopped strawberries

3 tbsp white wine vinegar

3/4 cup flavorless oil, like avocado oil

1 clove of garlic, peeled

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)

salt & pepper to taste

Salad

8 cups baby spinach

2 pints strawberries (use whatever is leftover after making the vinaigrette) stem removed and quartered

5 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

1 small red onion, sliced

Directions

Toasted Almonds

1In a small sauté pan over medium heat, toast the almonds until they are golden brown, stirring occasionally.

Strawberry Vinaigrette

1In a blender, blend together the strawberries, garlic, mustard, white wine vinegar, and optional almond extract until smooth.

2While pulsing the blender repeatedly, slowly pour in the oil until the vinaigrette is combined. Season with salt & pepper and set aside.

Salad

1In a large bowl, combine the baby spinach, quartered strawberries, sliced red onion, and crumbled goat cheese.

2Toss the salad with the strawberry vinaigrette, garnish with the toasted almonds, and serve.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 serving
Calories666
Sodium280mg
Protein11.6g
Sugar8.6
Total Fat60.2g
Saturated Fat14.9g
Total Carbohydrates20.1g
Dietary Fiber6.7g

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Have you ever used an extract in a vinaigrette before?  What is your favorite “leafy greens” salad?  Tell me about it in the comments, or show me on social media – @foodabovegold.  If you made this recipe, show it off using the tag #foodabovegold.

Happy Cooking! 🙂

Strawberry, Almond, & Goat Cheese Salad

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 serving

Calories per serving: 666

Fat per serving: 60.2g

Strawberry, Almond, & Goat Cheese Salad

This sweet and tangy Strawberry, Almond, & Goat Cheese Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette is light enough for a hot day while staying filling.

Ingredients

    Toasted Almonds
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • Strawberry Vinaigrette
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup flavorless oil, like avocado oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Salad
  • 8 cups baby spinach
  • 3 cups strawberries, stem removed and quartered
  • 5 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 small red onion, sliced

Instructions

    Toasted Almonds
  1. In a small sauté pan over medium heat, toast the almonds until they are golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  2. Strawberry Vinaigrette
  3. In a blender, blend together the strawberries, garlic, mustard, white wine vinegar, and optional almond extract until smooth.
  4. While pulsing the blender repeatedly, slowly pour in the oil until the vinaigrette is combined. Season with salt & pepper and set aside.
  5. Salad
  6. In a large bowl, combine the baby spinach, quartered strawberries, sliced red onion, and crumbled goat cheese.
  7. Toss the salad with the strawberry vinaigrette, garnish with the toasted almonds, and serve.
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14 Comments

  • Reply Pie Rivera April 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    What a fabulous salad in an equally fabulous looking blog, Mackenzie! I totally love strawberries and almonds in my salad … the goat cheese and strawberry vinaigrette is such a great addition! Thanks for this 🙂

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan April 14, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you, Pie! I hope you get to try this recipe soon! 🙂

  • Reply Molly Kumar April 15, 2016 at 6:49 am

    What a gorgeous looking salad – love the combination of strawberries with goat cheese!

  • Reply Lucy April 15, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    What a perfect salad for spring! I love that there are strawberries actually in the dressing. Yum!

  • Reply Amy April 15, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Your photography is stunning. This salad is perfect for spring. Such bright and fresh flavors.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan April 15, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      You are so sweet, Amy! Thank you! I hope you get to try this salad soon! 🙂

  • Reply Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds April 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I love everything about this salad. The flavours of the goat cheese with the sweetness of the strawberries and the crunch of the toasted almonds is a match made in heaven.

  • Reply Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon April 15, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I love this spring salad combo! That’s a great way to use those local strawberries.

  • Reply Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily April 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    My new favorite salad combo! Perfect for the warmer months!

  • Reply Uma Srinivas April 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Looks so delicious 🙂 Like to try all kind of veg salad. 🙂

  • Reply Erin @ Thanks for Cookin'! April 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve never used an extract in a vinaigrette before. So smart to mirror the almonds in both the salad and the dressing. Sounds amazing!

  • Reply pooja@poojascookery.com April 28, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Wow That looks so wholesome.. Would love to prepare this today itself.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan April 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

      It is one of my favorites Pooja! I hope you get to try it! 🙂

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