Autumn Salad with Cranberries and Goat Cheese

Most of us are always looking for a new and different salad to shake up the holidays, or just a weeknight dinner. The addition of dried fruit is a pretty and flavorful way to make a green salad much more special.

This autumn salad includes dried cranberries, which provide a burst of tart sweetness, some color, and lovely chewy texture. You could use dried cherries instead, or dried apricots.

Autumn Salad with Cranberries and Goat Cheese

Then, if you want, you can keep going. Top the whole thing with some crumbled cooked bacon (which has never not made salad—or anything else—better; yes, double negative intended). And/or add some crumbled goat cheese, which you can buy already crumbled, or just crumble yourself. I skipped it for these photos, because I was pairing it up with a chunk of cheesy lasagna and I felt the need to prove that I have a modicum of restraint left in my body.

Maybe some sliced fresh pear? Next time.

Adding dried fruit is a pretty and flavorful way to make a green salad much more special. Goat cheese and bacon optional.

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What the Kids Can Do

The dressing is easy for the kids to measure and shake up, and they may even be able to slice up the romaine with an age-appropriate knife. They can crumble goat cheese or bacon, if using.

Think of this salad for Thanksgiving, the December holidays, or whenever you need to spruce up a holiday table or a buffet. If you bring the dressing on the side, it makes a great potluck offering. Just dress and toss the salad right before serving and if you’re using the cheese and/or bacon for sprinkling, bring it along in a separate container.

Autumn Salad with Cranberries and Goat Cheese

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Autumn Salad with Cranberries and Goat Cheese

The addition of dried fruit is a pretty and flavorful way to make a green salad much more special.
Yield: 6 People
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

For the Balsamic-Shallot Dressing

  • 2 shallots thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey hot honey if you have it!
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the Salad

  • 2 hearts of romaine
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese optional
  • ½ cup crumbled cooked bacon optional

Directions

  • In a container add the shallots, red wine vinegar balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Shake to combine.
  • Thinly slice the romaine hearts crosswise. Turn it into a large bowl, and add the spinach, cranberries, and toss. Pour over the dressing and toss to combine well. Turn it into a serving bowl, or serve into individual salad bowls, and top with the goat cheese and bacon, if using.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 219mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 4687IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

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