This citrus berry spinach salad is loaded with ingredients like pistachios, cranberries, goat cheese, oranges and blackberries and it’s perfect for a summer salad!
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge salad lover. My mom, on the other hand, loves salads and is always coming up with creative ones to go with dinner. We typically have a salad with dinner every night, whether it’s a homemade one or prepackaged and usually I let the bowl skip over me. I’m finicky about lettuce and really only like spinach salads. So if I’m ever in charge of the salad, it’s going to be a spinach salad.
A few months ago, a new soup, salad and panini style restaurant called Cafe Zupas opened down the street from us. We couldn’t wait to try it! At first, I was getting a combo of soup and sandwich, but as the weather has seriously heated up (hello 115 degrees this weekend!), I don’t have much of a desire to eat soups anymore.
So I started browsing the menu for a salad I might like. My eyes grew wide as soon as I stumbled across this spinach salad that has all of my favorite ingredients: fruit, goat cheese, spinach and a light, sweet dressing! Really what sold me was the goat cheese.
Anything with goat cheese and I’m in! I never know if I’ll like a salad enough to order it again, but this one definitely had me coming back for more and more.
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Juice from 1 orange
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 9 oz spinach
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- ½ cup goat cheese crumbles
- ½ cup chopped pistachios
- ½ cup canned mandarin oranges (no sugar added, drain juice)
- Measure red wine vinegar, olive oil, honey and orange juice into a salad dressing shaker. Add salt and pepper to taste. Shake to combine ingredients. Set aside.
Use a shaker to combine salad dressing ingredients.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
After ordering the salad a handful of times, I decided it was time to try to make it myself at home. Luckily this salad was so easy to replicate because it has simple, whole ingredients. If you like tangier dressings, you can easily add a bit more vinegar to make it a tangier dressing instead of sweet. I have really loved experimenting with salad dressings over the last few years of enjoying salads, so I always try to make simple vinaigrettes when I can. Once you’ve made them once, it’s really easy to substitute out the flavor (in this case orange) for something else that goes with your spinach salad.
This salad is just so light, I could literally eat a huge bowl of it myself. But if I have to share, I’m obsessed with this salad serving bowl right now! If you need an easy side salad to go with dinner this summer, this totally has to be it! It’s fruity, crunch, sweet and tangy, so it checks all of the boxes.
Are you a salad lover? What’s your favorite ingredient to add in?