I came up with the recipe for this salad one day when I was craving something light and fresh for lunch that still took advantage of some fun fall ingredients I had in my fridge. Let's be honest, here in the Midwest this is the time of year that is frigid in the morning and sunny and 75 degrees by afternoon. So on this warm afternoon I didn't necessarily want to cozy up with some soup. I needed something lighter! So I rounded up some fabulous ingredients and whipped up this Harvest Spinach Salad.
When building a salad I always need something green, something crunchy, something creamy, something salty or acidic and a protein! So this one has spinach, walnuts, goat cheese and squash, olives and balsamic vinaigrette, and finally, prosciutto! I've also settled on the fact that this Aged Balsamic Dressing from Aldi's is the best balsamic vinaigrette. It has just a few simple, clean ingredients and its delicious!
It could not be easier! I made this quickly for a lunch but that same week also prepped it for a dinner party. It keeps amazingly well, I would just suggest waiting until serving time to dress it. So let's cook!
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Harvest Spinach Salad
- 4 oz Goat Cheese
- 1/4 butternut squash cubed and roasted
- 1 bag of spinach
- 5-6 slices of prosciutto torn up
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup green olives
- 4 tablespoons Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Chop up your spinach and add it to a large salad bowl
- top with goat cheese crumbles, squash, walnuts, proscuitto, and olives.
- Wait until serving time to dress the salad with the Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette