WARM SPINACH SALAD WITH ROASTED BEETS, GOAT CHEESE & APPLES TOSSED WITH RASPBERRY VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

 

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Ingredients

  • -olive oil (to saute garlic & shallots)
  • -slivered garlic
  • -sliced large shallots
  • -sliced mushrooms
  • -baby spinach
  • -toasted pine nuts (pecans & walnuts go well too, even candied ones...)
  • -diced granny smith green apples (great for it's tartness)
  • -crumbled goat cheese (french feta cheese goes well too)
  • -roasted and sliced beets
  • (I use the eyeballing technique, please pardon me for not giving the exact measurements...)
  • quickly saute all of the first above 4 mentioned ingredients together, then add the spinach and give it a rapid toss on the stove, then transfer it to a large mixing bowl and toss in the beets, pine nuts, apples & goat cheese... at the end spread and toss well with the raspberry vinaigrette dressing (recipe follows) and transfer it to a decorative salad bowl and enjoy :-)
  • RASPBERRY VINAIGRETTE DRESSING:
  • -1.5 cups of fresh raspberries
  • -2 Tbls. raspberry vinegar or sherry vinegar
  • -2 Tbls. fresh lemon or lime juice
  • -a pinch of dry mustard
  • -1/2 cup of a mild oil such as canola or vegetable oil
  • -a touch a honey
  • -finely chopped parsley (optional)
  • -salt and freshly ground black pepper to your liking
  • Puree the raspberries and then strain to remove the seeds...
  • add all of the dressing ingredients (including the strained raspberries) in a blender & blend away :-)

Directions

  • directions are above with the ingredients...

Notes

A light summer salad, best enjoyed with good friends :-)

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