Spinach Citrus & Goat Cheese Salad

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The forecast for this weekend is supposed to hit the mid 80’s (!!!) and I’m not sure how I feel about it (!!). So when thinking of a new recipe to post, my brain went straight to fresh salads and smoothies.

I used an heirloom spinach for the first time that was a stunning beet red. There’s definitely a more earthy/grassy flavor going on with this variety, but it makes a beautiful salad, don’t you think? If you don’t see heirloim spinach at the store, fret not, regular baby spinach does this salad well and is my regular go-to.

This salad has thin ribbons of carrots, a little creaminess from goat cheese, crunch from walnuts, and bright bites of orange slices that were all tossed in a light citrus champagne vinaigrette.

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Sometimes I laugh at how peaceful and serene the pictures look on my blog when usually it’s just total chaos behind the lens. I mean, let’s be real here, I’m a mama of two little boys. Here’s a glimpse of a typical day of photographing food for my blog.

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This little guy and his firetruck with ALL the noise buttons, right by my side while I photographed this salad. We were fighting for table space. He won.

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And my littlest, by my feet, about to climb up my leg.

Mom life.


Heirloom Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad


3-4 cups spinach, heirloom or regular

1 peeled orange, cut into small chunks (I use Cara Cara oranges while they're still in season)

1/4 cup goat cheese, broken into small chunks

2 carrots, thinly shaved (use a potato peeler for this)

1/2 shallot, chopped fine

1/3 cup toasted walnuts, whole or chopped

Citrus Champagne Vinaigrette

1/4 cup champagne vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

1/2 shallot, minced

1 tablespoon orange juice

Place salad ingredients into a large bowl.

Fill a mason jar with the ingredients or the dressing, seal with a lid, and vigorously shake.

Drizzle amount desired on top of salad and toss well.


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  • Posted February 18, 2015 at 1:27 PM | Permalink

    I love goat cheese, so no question I have to make your recipe. Thanks for sharing this delicious idea

  • Posted March 2, 2015 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

    Hope you like it!

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