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Monday, April 2, 2012

Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad with Dried Cherries

This is my new favorite salad. It's pretty easy to throw together and tastes wonderful! It's inspired by the house salad at the Tree Room restaurant at Sundance Resort. It was the best part of the meal there. The rest of the food we had wasn't that impressive, so save yourself some money and make this at home instead!

Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

10 oz spinach
2 oz goat cheese
1 cup toasted pecans
1/2 cup dried cherries
1-2 oz balsamic vinaigrette (as desired)

Dress the spinach with the vinaigrette. Spread the goat cheese around the leaves as well. Top with the toasted pecans and cherries. Enjoy!

Balsamic Vinaigrette
Adapted from Serious Eats

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon dried herbs (I used  basil, parsley and tarragon)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 Emulsify all ingredients. You can do that by whisking the vinegar, honey and water and drizzling in the oil in. Or, you can take the easy way out and combine everything in a bottle and shake it like crazy. 

1 comment:

  1. I definitely have to agree that this best out the Treeroom. The pecans and dried cherries were great toppings.