Raspberry and Spinach Salad

This salad is the perfect balance for me. I think salads are best when they have a nice mix of different flavors and textures. This one has it all! Spinach is my favorite base for salads, plus there are plenty of digs (the fun stuff that keeps you digging in salads to find them). Feel free to mix up the ingredients to please your palate.

I always like little pockets of sweetness. If it weren’t a great time of year for berries, my go to would be sweetened and dried cranberries. I caught these raspberries right at the end of their season and I say if you can find any kind of fresh berry use them here. The other fun “dig” for me in this salad is the goat cheese. Use any kind of cheese you like, or leave it out if you’re not a cheese in my salad kind of person. Mine is a mild and creamy goat cheese from a local dairy farm Capra Gia that my husband and I both love.

Another wintertime solution would be using your favorite bottled raspberry vinaigrette. Really there are tons of dressing flavors that would work great here. I’ve used my homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette. If you’ve got some berries and an extra ten minutes check out the recipe here.

Raspberry and Spinach Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • fresh spinach (chopped)
  • fresh raspberries
  • red onion (thinly sliced)
  • crumbled goat cheese
  • marcona almonds (chopped)
  • Raspberry Vinaigrette

Directions

Step 1
It's a salad. So I'm afraid there's not really much to the steps. It's not so much making it as it is assembling it.

Start with your chopped spinach.
Step 2
Sprinkle on the sliced red onions.
Step 3
Add the raspberry polka dots.
Step 4
Crumble over the goat cheese. Blue cheese would work great here also if you'd like a bit more punch.
Step 5
Now for the crunch!
Step 6
I've chosen chopped marcona almonds, but I came really close to using sunflower seeds. Feel free to add any or all crunch you'd like.
Step 7
Drizzle over as much or little of the vinaigrette as you choose.
Step 8
This is great as a fresh side,
Step 9
or make it the main attraction and feel really good about yourself!
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