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Light and refreshing spinach salad with cherry balsamic vinaigrette

light spinach salad recipe

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Pack a tremendous amount of flavor into one simple but surprising recipe. This spinach salad with cherry balsamic vinaigrette is amazing! You’ll love it!
Course lunch
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 2 servings
Calories 287
Author Cheryl Najafi


  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cherries pitted and halved
  • 6 oz bag baby spinach
  • 1 - 2 oz goat cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 red onion sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup cherries pitted (for salad)
  • olive oil
  • salt to taste


  • In a small saucepan, bring vinegar and sugar to a boil over medium heat. When the mixture starts to bubble, add ½ cup fresh cherries and reduce heat to low. Simmer until the mixture has thickened and reached a syrupy stage, stirring frequently, for about 6–8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Divide baby spinach equally onto 4 plates. Top with dollops of goat cheese and a scattering of thinly sliced red onion.
  • Drizzle the salads with the cherry balsamic reduction then with extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately and enjoy!


Sprinkle toasted pecans on this salad for a nice added crunch.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 710mg | Potassium: 810mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 32g