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Light and refreshing spinach salad with cherry balsamic vinaigrette

light spinach salad recipe

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course lunch
Servings 2 servings
Calories 287 kcal

what you'll need

  • 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

let's do it

  • 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!

One Last Thing

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


Calories: 287kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 7gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 710mgPotassium: 810mgFiber: 4gSugar: 32g
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