cranberry, almond & goat cheese salad

May 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Everyone should have a couple go to salads, ones that are easy to throw together but still pack lots of flavor. These types of salads will come in handy all the time when you can’t be bothered to think of something new to make for lunch or as a nice dinner addition. You’ll end up making them all the time, so pick good ones.

I have two salads that I love and make all the time, each one only has three main ingredients and can be tossed together in less than 10 minutes. I may treat these salads as fallback recipes, since I have made them so many times, but I am always surprised by how tasty they are. The combination of flavors never seems to get old.

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What’s great about this salad is you have a bunch of possible substitutions; you can use spinach in place of the mixed greens and roasted beets in place of the dried cranberries (you just need something sweet). That’s what’s so nice about salads, the combinations of ingredients are endless, and this is a simple base to play with.

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mixed greens
slivered almonds, toasted
dried cranberries
goat cheese

balsamic vinegar (more acidic than sweet)*
good olive oil

In a large bowl toss mixed greens with balsamic and olive oil. Top the salad with toasted almonds and dried cranberries. Using a fork scrape small chunks of goat cheese over the salad. Serve immediately.

*You need less dressing than you think. You want to be able to really taste the other ingredients, so just a touch of olive oil and balsamic will do the trick!

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