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Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pistachios

This Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese and Pistachios is the perfect healthy, summer salad! Add grilled tofu or chicken and you’ve got yourself a protein-packed workday lunch.

Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pistachios is a summertime crowd pleaser! Even your pickiest eaters will love the combination of sweet and tangy in this delicious and healthy salad. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I love cherries in the summer. They’re best between May and August, so I take full advantage during the summer months and buy them almost weekly. While delicious just for snacking, cherries are incredibly versatile and can be used in many different dishes, both savory and sweet. This Farro Salad with Cherries and Walnuts remains one of my all-time favorite summer recipes. If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend you do!

Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pistachios is a summertime crowd pleaser! Even your pickiest eaters will love the combination of sweet and tangy in this delicious and healthy salad. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Pro tip: when selecting the perfect bunch of cherries, look for the ones with shiny skin and green stems still attached. They’re the best.

Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pistachios is a summertime crowd pleaser! Even your pickiest eaters will love the combination of sweet and tangy in this delicious and healthy salad. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

This spinach salad has all of the necessary elements: sweetness from the cherries and blueberries, a bit of tang from the goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette, and a delicious crunch from the pistachios. Serve it alongside grilled chicken or fish for a healthy summer dinner.

Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, and Pistachios is a summertime crowd pleaser! Even your pickiest eaters will love the combination of sweet and tangy in this delicious and healthy salad. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

For the full recipe and some additional tips to perfecting this salad, head over to SoFabFood! I’m sharing the recipe on their site.

Let me know if you try this salad. I think you’re going to love it!

Main Meal Poultry Salads

Chicken Farro Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese

I just got back from the most wonderful vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico with Travis. I would say the number one highlight of the trip was the food. We did not have a single mediocre meal — every bite was delicious.  While we did a fair amount of research on local restaurants before we left, it was still surprising how much we LOVED everywhere that we ate. Maybe it was that we were on vacation mode, though 😉

Our favorite place from the trip was a small cafe called St. Germain right in Old San Juan.  It was only a two minute walk from our hotel, which certainly made it easy to go back more than once.

Their Sunday brunch was delicious. Every meal was served with fresh juices (we tried carrot-orange and pineapple), coffee (Puerto Rican coffee is amazing) and teas. We were also served fresh fruit with a drizzle of honey and homemade granola. This was my favorite part — it all tasted sofresh. Travis even gave me the rest of his to finish 🙂

We were so sad to leave such a beautiful place.

While nothing will ever taste as good than a meal on a tropical vacation, I’d say this farro salad is still pretty darn yummy.

Chicken Farro Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I started cooking with farro this summer and now I can say I am pretty much obsessed. I love the texture and it is so filling and fiber-filled!

Chicken Farro Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Every ingredient tastes fresh and perfect for summer.

Chicken Farro Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Arugula, grape tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, basil, oregano, YUM!

Chicken Farro Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I thought this was delicious with grilled chicken, but leave it out and you’d still have one heck of a vegetarian meal.

Chicken Farro Salad with Goat Cheese & Arugula Recipe -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Happy summer eating, friends. I’ve missed you.

Chicken Farro Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese
 
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup farro, uncooked
  • 3 cups sliced grilled chicken breast
  • 1.5 cups arugula
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion*
  • 2 T chopped fresh basil (or more if you like)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 T crumbled goat cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large pot combine farro, six cups of water, and a dash of salt. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 25-28 minutes, uncovered, until tender. Drain the farro and allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl combine the arugula, tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion, basil and oregano. Top with the chicken.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Drizzle on top of the salad. Toss well to coat. Finally, sprinkle with the goat cheese.
Notes
*I typically do not like raw red onion, but it tastes very mild in this recipe.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light