Spinach, Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Spinach, Goat Cheese & Walnut Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette on white plates

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A simple spinach salad with goat cheese, walnuts, mandarin oranges and (the best) raspberry dressing.



For the dressing:

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • Zest and juice of ½ orange (about ¼ cup)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or sea salt

 For the salad:

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 5 cups fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup mandarin oranges, drained
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese


  1. Place the raspberries, orange zest and juice, olive oil, vinegar, honey or sugar, Dijon, and salt in the bowl of a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  2. Heat a small skillet to medium-low heat. Add the walnuts to the dry skillet and toast about 60 seconds, tossing frequently, until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
  3. Build salads in 4 bowls with spinach, oranges, goat cheese, and toasted walnuts. Drizzle with raspberry dressing.


Substitution Tip: Omit the goat cheese for a dairy free salad. Swap in maple syrup or sugar instead of honey for a vegan salad.

Variation Tip: Try a mix of chopped kale, Swiss chard and mustard greens rather than spinach.


Keywords: salad, salads, raspberry vinaigrette, raspberry dressing, spinach salad, spinach, walnut, walnuts