Apple-Cranberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese

Apple-Cranberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese

1 Review
From:, October 2019

The tangy-sweet dressing in this spinach salad beautifully amplifies the apples and cranberries—and the creamy goat cheese transforms it into the perfect salad. Tasters raved about this easy fall salad. If you can't find Pink Lady apples, any sweet, crisp apple is a worthy substitute. Want to make this salad a main meal? Top with some rotisserie chicken, chickpeas or tofu.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • 4 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot (from 1 small shallot)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (10 ounce) package fresh baby spinach
  • 2 large Pink Lady apples, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped toasted pecans, divided
  • 2½ ounces semi-soft goat cheese, crumbled (about ⅓ cup)


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  1. Whisk together vinegar, mustard, syrup, shallot, salt and pepper in a small bowl; slowly whisk in olive oil until completely blended.
  2. Toss together spinach, apples, dried cranberries, half of the pecans and dressing in a large bowl. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with goat cheese and remaining pecans. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 214 calories; 13 g fat(3 g sat); 4 g fiber; 22 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 16 g sugars; 9 g added sugars; 74 mg calcium; 210 mg sodium; 129 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:

Reviews 1

October 14, 2019
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By: MeganOS
This salad is delicious -- the perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors and the goat cheese makes it wonderfully creamy. I made it twice this weekend -- once as written for a dinner party (it was a hit) and then a second time with the addition of chickpeas and hard-boiled eggs to make it a dinner salad.
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