Almond-Crusted Warm Goat Cheese Spinach Salad with Cherries

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Almond-Crusted Warm Goat Cheese Spinach Salad with Cherries is elegant and mouthwatering. Sweet, creamy, crunchy, and satisfying!

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I usually meal plan for the upcoming week sometime on Saturday afternoon so I can write out my grocery list and be ready to shop first thing Sunday morning.

If Ben’s around, and I’ve planned on making a ‘I’m pretty sure he’s going to hate this’ recipe that week (Veggie Burgers, anyone?) I’ll run it by him to gauge how horrified he’d be if I actually went through with it.

It always sounds like a good idea at the time, until the following inevitably happens…

Me: “Babe will you eat an Almond-Crusted Warm Goat Cheese Spinach Salad with Cherries if I make it this week?”

Ben: “Mmmm…yeah.”

Me: “Really?!”

Ben: “Yeah. You mean like as an appetizer? Totally.”

Me: “No I mean like for dinner.”

Ben: “Oh you mean like before dinner…”

Me: “NO I MEAN AN ALMOND-CRUSTED WARM GOAT CHEESE SPINACH SALAD WITH CHERRIES AS OUR ENTIRE DINNER.”

Ben: “Oh…no. Pssht. NO!

At this point he’s so horrified at the thought of only eating goat cheese, leaves and fruit for dinner, that I figure I’ll have to scrap the entire recipe because he’s lost ALL taste for it.

Unless…

Unless I can quickly & cleverly modify the meal in some way that will swiftly bring him back around, and glory can once again be mine!

Ok, “cleverly” usually entails just adding a chicken breast. I know. Seriously though, it works. Every time.

Me: “What if I add a chicken breast on top?

Ben: “Fine.”

Victory!

Thus, Almond-Crusted Warm Goat Cheese Spinach Salad with Cherries (and Chicken Breast) made it back on this week’s menu before it ever even really left.┬áThis might be my very favorite salad of the entire summer!

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Think velvety goat cheese draped over torn baby spinach, accented with juicy cherries and toasted almonds.

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Drizzled with balsamic reduction.

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AHHH!!!

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Almond-Crusted Warm Goat Cheese Spinach Salad with Cherries

Print this recipe!

Serves 2

Ingredients:
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1-9oz bag baby spinach, torn
20 cherries, pitted & halved
5oz chevre goat cheese (I use Trader Joe’s brand)
extra virgin olive oil
handful sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Simmer balsamic vinegar in a pan over medium-high heat and reduce until it reaches the consistency of thin maple syrup. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice goat cheese into 6 slices and line up on the baking sheet. Brush tops of goat cheese with olive oil and top with sliced almonds. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until goat cheese is warm and softened.
  3. Divide spinach between two plates. Top with cherries, warm goat cheese, and balsamic reduction.

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4. If you have a meat-loving, spinach-cheese-and-fruit-aint-gonna-cut-it-for-dinner husband, cook up a chicken breast and place it on top. :)

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His & Hers!

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I cannot profess my undying love for this combo enough. The balsamic reduction and melty goat cheese combine to make the must luscious salad dressing. MMM! :D

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It’s great when everybody wins, no? Which reminds me, here’s how to satisfy your man’s appetite AND save your waistline. :D

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In other news…I had a change of heart. I’m back to watching the Bachelorette, and the season finale is on tonight!

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I know! I feel as though I was too harsh on Ashley. True, she’s a little ditzy, but put me in front of a camera and I’d probably act the same way. She’s doing her, and who am I to hate? Plus she has fantastic hair.

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Team JP! :D

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OH, and I KEEP forgetting to announce the winners of the 1-Day PopChip Giveaway – SO SORRY! Congrats to:

Elizabeth: I like to get together with my friends and enjoy not having work the next day!

Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters: Favorite way to spend a Friday:
1. Take Paid-Time-Off from work
2. Sleep In
3. Lay poolside
4. Get a massage
5. Nice dinner with friends
6. Fro yo!

Email your mailing address to iowagirleats@gmail.com, and enjoy your PopChips, ladies! :)

Have a great night!

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Does your significant other/roommate eat similarly to you?

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