Warm Goat Cheese Spinach Salad With Cherries Recipe

Yields: 2 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

For the goat cheese

  • 4-5 oz log of chevre goat cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

For the balsamic reduction

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

For the salad

  • 6-8 cups fresh baby spinach, washed and dried
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion (optional)

Instructions

1. Make the balsamic reduction

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the balsamic vinegar to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the vinegar has thickened and reduced by about half, becoming syrupy (about 5-8 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

2. Prepare the goat cheese

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Cut the goat cheese log into thick rounds (about 1/2 inch).
  • Brush the rounds lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with the sliced almonds.
  • Place the cheese on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

3. Bake the goat cheese

  • Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until the cheese is softened and slightly golden.

4. Assemble the salad

  • Divide the spinach between two plates.
  • Top with halved cherries and red onion (if using).
  • Place the warm goat cheese rounds on top of the spinach.
  • Drizzle with the balsamic reduction.

Tips

Variations: Add walnuts or pecans instead of almonds, or try dried cranberries instead of cherries.

Make it a meal: Add grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp to make it a satisfying main course.

Get creative: Experiment with other additions like thinly sliced apples, pears, or a sprinkle of crumbled feta.

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