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Mixed Greens Balsamic with Dried Fruit & Nuts

Mixed greens glazed nut, dried cherries goat cheese in white bowl.

This salad is a perfect complement to almost any meal and is a year around favorite. The flavors all really complement each other beautifully.

I’ve crafted this recipe to make all of the components from scratch, so it takes a bit more time than many of my other salads. I love to cook with real foods and ingredients that I get to hand select. That means choosing organic produce and nuts and unrefined oils, which are healthier for our bodies.

If you’re pinched for time and need to buy the glazed nuts instead of making them yourself, I totally get it!

I’d highly recommend spending the 5 minutes to make the balsamic dressing from scratch with a quality aged balsamic vinegar. It’ makes a huge difference in the flavor of this salad in my opinion.

What You’ll Need:

  • Mixed Greens
  • Glazed Nuts
  • Dried Fruit
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Goat Cheese
Aged Balsamic & Herb Vinaigrette Ingredients

Making the Recipe:

Start by making the glazed nuts, unless you chose to purchase them from your local grocer.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You’ll then mix together the honey and olive oil in a small saucepan over low heat until it’s simmering.

You will want to add the salt and nuts to the mixture next and stir until they are well coated. Finally, place them on the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Next, make the Aged Balsamic & Herb Vinaigrette. You’ll simply mix together all of the ingredients and whisk until blended.

Aged Balsamic & Herb Vinaigrette

Finally, add the mixed greens, glazed nuts and dried fruit to a large serving bowl. Drizzle with the Aged Balsamic vinaigrette and mix well. Top with crumbles goat cheese and enjoy!

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Mixed greens glazed nut, dried cherries goat cheese in white bowl.

Mixed Greens Balsamic with Dried Fruit & Nuts

  • Author: Cheryl Englebretson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This salad is a perfect complement to almost any meal and is a year around favorite. The flavors all really complement each other beautifully.


Ingredients

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Aged Balsamic & Herb Vinaigrette:

  • 3 Tbsp. aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil, organic
  • 1/2 tsp. basil, dried
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • sea salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Glazed Nuts:

  • 1 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil, organic and extra virgin
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • pinch of sea salt

Salad Base:

  • 68 cups mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit (cranberries or cherries)
  • 1/2 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans)
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the oil and honey until well blended and just about simmering (1-2 minutes). Add the salt and the nuts and mix well.
  4. Place the nuts on the lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Stir them halfway through.
  5. While the nuts are baking, whisk together the ingredients for the vinaigrette in a glass measuring cup or bow. Set aside.
  6. In a large serving bowl, add the mixed greens, dried fruits and nuts. Toss with the vinaigrette and then top with goat cheese.

Notes

A high quality aged balsamic vinegar really makes a difference in this recipe and is worth the investment.

Want to save time? Buy the glazed nuts instead of making. Or, you can toast the nuts in a small skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Pumpkin seeds could be substituted for the nuts to make this nut free.

Omit the goat cheese if you are eating dairy free.

Substitute maple syrup for the honey and omit the goat cheese to make this vegan.

Keywords: healthy salad, made from scratch

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