This bright, tangy, and nutty apple walnut goat cheese salad has crisp apples, toasted walnuts, tangy goat cheese, and a spicy ginger vinaigrette. Perfect as a side salad or main entrée!
My husband I just returned from a glorious trip to Cape Cod. For the first few days of our vacation I walked around with a big grin on my face. I kept remarking to Mr. K that something would inevitably go wrong on this trip since everything up to that point had been so perfect. He would simply respond by shaking his head at me. Whether slurping down raw oysters, savoring an IPA, or breathing in the smell of salty ocean air, I was in a kind of vacation trance, whereby everything we did seemed to be the perfect thing to be doing at that exact moment.
And, although all vacations must come to an end, I love recreating restaurant dishes that I enjoy while on vacation. It gets my creative juices flowing and allows me to reminisce. I ate a salad in Cape Cod that was so flavorful and yet so simple that I knew I wanted to develop my own recipe for something similar. This apple walnut goat cheese salad is the result, and I have been enjoying it all week. It’s crisp, slightly sweet and tart from the apple, tangy from creamy goat cheese, crunchy and nutty from the toasted walnuts, and it has a delicious bite from ginger vinaigrette. And it can be prepped in just 10 minutes!
How To Make Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Salad
Wash spinach and pat it dry. Place spinach on 4 plates.
Add goat cheese, walnuts, and apple, distributing evenly amongst 4 plates.
Add olive oil to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in lemon juice, ginger, sea salt and black pepper. Dress salads, toss, and serve. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
Variations & Substitutions
Add 1/2 cup of cooked chicken, tofu, or chickpeas for extra protein.
Substitute your favorite cheese in place of the goat cheese. Blue cheese would be delicious in this salad.
If you are not a fan of ginger or don’t have it on hand, make a simple lemon vinaigrette in its place.
Swap in your favorite nut in place of the walnuts. Toasted pistachios, almonds, or pecans would all work well.
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Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette
- 5 oz. baby spinach
- 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
- 1 Fuji apple, quartered and diced
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsps lemon juice
- 1 tbsp ginger, minced
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/8 tsp. black pepper
- Wash spinach and pat it dry. Place spinach on 4 plates.
- Add goat cheese, walnuts, and apple, distributing evenly amongst 4 plates.
- Add olive oil to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in lemon juice, ginger, sea salt and black pepper. Dress salads, toss, and serve. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.