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Warm Apple, Walnut and Goat Cheese Salad
Warm Apple, Walnut and Goat Cheese Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

This warm apple, walnut and goat cheese salad is so simple, flavorful and perfect for Winter as an appetizer, side, or a light lunch! The easy balsamic vinaigrette is the perfect dressing for it.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salad, Warm Apple, Walnut and Goat Cheese Salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 653 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 whole apple cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 6 ounces goat cheese crumbled
  • 2 cups baby spinach packed
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 a shallot peeled and minced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and line a sheet tray with aluminum foil. Spread the diced apple and walnuts in an even, single layer on the tray and let them toast in the oven for about 5 minutes. The apples should just be a little soft and the walnuts fragrant but not burnt. When they are done let the tray cool for a minute, then add the crumbled goat cheese to it to just warm it slightly without melting it. Add the mixture to a large salad bowl with the spinach and toss it all together well.
  2. While the apple and walnuts toast up, quickly make the simple vinaigrette. Combine the balsamic, Dijon, shallot and salt together in a bowl and whisk them together well. Continue to whisk as you pour in the olive oil to bring the dressing together. This is an emulsion and after a while it will separate. That's ok, it just needs a good shake in a sealed bottle to bring it together again! Serve the salad immediately with the dressing and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Warm Apple, Walnut and Goat Cheese Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 653 Calories from Fat 603
% Daily Value*
Fat 67g103%
Saturated Fat 14.6g91%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 193mg8%
Potassium 176mg5%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4.7g5%
Protein 11.9g24%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.