Special Occasion Salad Recipe
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Special Occasion Salad Recipe

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"This simple salad consistently gets rave reviews. Feel free to change the types of lettuce, dried fruit and even substitute candied pecans for almonds." – Jean Follmer, Lafayette, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 package (5 ounces) fresh arugula or additional baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 83 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 121mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a salad bowl, combine the spinach, arugula, cherries and almonds. Combine the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with goat cheese. Serve immediately. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Special Occasion Salad in Taste of Home December/January 2011, p86

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mamamowe15 User ID: 4646310 113558
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Made this last Christmas and everyone loved it. I thought it was funny because it was so easy and everyone raved about it. It's a keeper :)"

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Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"This salad is delicious and so easy and quick to prepare. It was a hit at the potluck."

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