This is a great spring or summer recipe that will make you wanna eat your spinach! This salad is great with or without grilled chicken, and you can really add more or less of any of the ingredients according to your preferences. In the balsamic vinaigrette, you can replace the shallots with 1/4 or 1/2 cup finely diced red onion if you don’t have any shallot on hand, but it will have more of an onion flavor if you do this. This is a great balsamic vinaigrette recipe that my sister told me about years ago. You can use it for more savory salads or meat marinades too!
1 Granny Smith Apple, quartered or diced stored in a bowl of water and lemon juice til ready to use
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4-1/2 cup of goat cheese cut into pieces
(just eyeball it)
3/4 lb baby spinach
balsamic vinaigrette: http://www.cooksrecipes.com/salad/balsamic-vinaigrette-recipe.html
Put the rinsed and dried spinach in a bowl. Add all ingredients. Make vinaigrette according to recipe. Pour vinaigrette over the salad. Toss together, making sure all ingredients are lightly coated. The goat cheese will sort of break down and almost liquefy. Serve and enjoy a taste and texture party in your mouth!