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Special Occasion Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


16 servings (3/4 cup each)

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
"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
Special Occasion Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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