This Strawberry Spinach Salad is an AMAZING twist on a summer classic! Loaded with fresh strawberries, goat cheese, pistachios, and a delicious honey balsamic vinaigrette….this salad is sure to become your new favorite go-to for picnics, cookouts, and everyday meals!
If you’ve been following me for a while now, you know that SALADS are one of my favorite foods ever. And not just because they’re healthy, and beautiful, and easy to whip up….but because the possibilities for them are endless. They’re like a blank canvas for creativity, which means I can basically do whatever I want with them! On any given day, I make at least one salad. Which I then eat for lunch. And about 50% of the time I make two. One for lunch, and one as a side for dinner! My kids are in awe….as are many of my family and friends….finding it hard to believe that I never get tired of eating so.much.salad.
Well. The truth is, every now and then I DO get tired of it. Seriously! Which is how I know it’s time for me to mix things up. Make something different. Make a salad that feels special….instead of just ordinary! I recently had the opportunity to visit the new Metro Market Shorewood (a sister store to my favorite Pick ‘n Save stores)….and let me tell you, if you are looking for a way to make things special, this store is IT! I almost don’t even know where to start, since literally EVERY square foot of the store is unique and fabulous….but I’ll do my best to walk you through it.
Imagine the BEST grocery store you’ve ever been to, with all the freshest produce and best selection, and then imagine that it also has Starbucks. And a juice bar. And gelato. And made to order sushi, in addition to a variety of other delicious restaurants. And a trail mix bar. And a cheese bar. With amazing cheeses you’ve never even heard of. And that’s just scratching the surface. (Do you see where I’m going with this??) I could spend all day there! (In fact, I almost did!) It’s EVERYTHING!
So, as you can imagine, I HAD to take advantage of the cheese. Because, after all, #Wisconsin. So I picked up some Nababbo Goat Taleggio, a washed-rind semi-soft goat cheese…..and after tasting it, I knew exactly what I needed to do with it. Make a *special* salad! With spinach. And strawberries. And pistachios, which to me, just scream spring! I knew that such an amazing salad also needed an amazing dressing, so I headed to Metro Market’s Italian aisle (which, by the way, is phenomenal) and grabbed some Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Colavita White Balsamic Vinegar. Wondering how I knew what to grab? I had the inside scoop that these are two special items ONLY available at Metro Market. Perfect for my special salad!
As you can see, the end result was gorgeous. And SO delicious!!! The goat taleggio has a distinct savory taste that pairs perfectly with the sweet strawberries….and the vinaigrette I made was the BEST I’ve ever had! (I guess that’s what happens when you splurge on the “good” stuff!) I can see myself making this salad ALL the time this summer. It’s light and refreshing, yet packed with flavor. Delicious. Memorable. Special.
Speaking of special ingredients, Metro Market has a number of items that you can ONLY find there! Items like Temptation Apples, which would also be amazing in a salad or a caramel apple sundae and Rapini, which would be delicious sautéed with lemon and garlic for an easy spring & summer side dish. You can also find Red Garnet & White Sweet Potatoes, which I can’t wait to make into sweet potato wedges, and Cranberry Borlatti, a beautiful bean that would make an amazing dip! Clearly this is a store I’m excited about. (Can you tell?) And just in case you’re still not convinced, here’s a sneak peek of the inside. Because once you see it, you won’t be able to resist! Kinda like this salad. ENJOY!
- 1 (8 oz.) bag fresh spinach
- 1½ c. fresh strawberries, quartered
- 4 oz. Nababbo Goat Tallegio
- ½ c. shelled pistachios
- ⅓ c. Lucini Olive Oil
- ⅓ c. Colavita White Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 2 tsp. poppy seeds
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- Fill a large salad bowl with fresh spinach.
- Top with strawberries, Goat Tallegio, and pistachios.
- Prepare dressing by combining all ingredients and shaking vigorously.
- Top salad with dressing as desired.