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Salad with Grapes and Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese

This salad is fantastic. I was expecting it to be good because I love all of the ingredients (mmm, goat cheese), but it somehow managed to exceed my already high expectations. There is a restaurant near my apartment that serves a wonderful salad with nut-crusted goat cheese and I order it every time I go there, so when I saw this recipe from Cooking Light I couldn’t wait to make it. The little pistachio-crusted goat cheese balls were so cute and the herb vinaigrette was delicious (plus you get bonus leftover dressing). I served this as a first course before dinner to my sister and parents and we all agreed that it was a winner. This is a perfect Spring salad!


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Salad with Grapes and Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c shelled dry-roasted pistachios, chopped/crushed (I put mine in a ziplock and crushed them with a meat mallet)
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1/4 c Herb Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  • 1 (5 oz) bag spring mix lettuce
  • 1 c seedless red grapes, cut in half
  • ¼ t freshly ground black pepper (I forgot to add this and it was delicious anyway)

Herb Vinaigrette:

  • 9 T white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ T honey
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 c canola oil
  • 3 T chopped fresh basil
  • 3 T minced fresh chives

Directions:

Dressing Instructions: Combine the vinegar, honey and salt in a medium bowl and whisk in oil until combined. Stir in basil and chives. Store in refrigerator. Yields about 1-2/3 cups. 1 T = 2 P+

Salad Directions:

  1. Place crushed pistachios in a small dish. Evenly divide goat cheese into 12 pieces and roll each piece into a round ball. Roll each cheese ball in the pistachios until evenly coated. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the greens and the salad dressing and toss to combine. Divide salad evenly onto four salad plates and top each serving with ¼ of grapes and 3 cheese balls. Serve immediately.

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
6 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Source: Cooking Light

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8 Responses to “Salad with Grapes and Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese”

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    Sara BCF — March 28, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Where did you find that salad dressing bottle? I’ve been looking everywhere and I can’t find one.

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    emilybites — March 28, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    It’s a Good Seasons cruet. If you look by where they sell the Good Seasons salad dressing seasoning packets to make your own dressing they usually sell some packaged with cruets. It’s definitely a handy thing to have on hand if you like to make your own dressing! Hope that helps.

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    Katie — April 9, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    This salad was delicious!!!! My husband couldn’t believe it was low in points- perfect spring salad.

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    emilybites — April 17, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    Glad you loved it too! I love goat cheese and I thought the dressing was fabulous. Thanks for letting me know you liked it!

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    *Emily* — January 16, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    To clarify- the P+ for the salad DOESN’T include the dressing, correct? I will put it through my tracker anyways, but just checking! Putting this on the menu or lunch next week!

    • emilybites replied: — January 16th, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

      The Points+ includes the 1/4 cup of dressing listed in the salad recipe :)

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    J.Updyke — April 15, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Last time I made as written and it was divine. Tonight I made with pears instead of grapes and sprinkled the crushed pistachios and crumbled goat cheese over the salad instead of making the balls b/c of time. Still DELICIOUS!

    • emilybites replied: — April 17th, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

      Yum, I’ll have to try it with pears too. Glad you love this!

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