Smoked Almond and Goat Cheese Salad

Smoked almond and goat cheese salad on a white plate with a fork.

1 year: Stuffed my face with cake.

5 years: Indulged in greasy pizza and glittery prizes at Chuck E. Cheese.

10 years: Opened my best present yet: a set of Pogs (not to be confused with Pugs).

Smoked almond and goat cheese salad.

15 years: Celebrated with a murder mystery party. Don’t ask. And mom and dad – thanks.

20 years: Was serenaded with “Happy Birthday” by the staff at Buca di Beppo… in the ladies’ room. Yes, they came in and found me.

25 years: See year 1.

Smoked almond and goat cheese salad on a plate with a fork.
Smoked Almond and Goat Cheese Salad

Smoked Almond and Goat Cheese Salad


This smoked almond and goat cheese salad pairs colorful and flavorful ingredients for a stunning meal with a simple homemade shallot dressing.



  • 1 lb. fresh baby spinach and/or spring mix
  • 3 tbs. fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup crushed smoked almonds (about 10 pulses in a food processor)
  • 4 oz. crumbled goat cheese


  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 2 tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 4 tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper


  1. Saute shallot with 1 tbs. olive oil. Add 1 tbs. honey. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Transfer to a small bowl and whisk together the vinegar, mustard, and rosemary. Add olive oil and whisk again.
  3. Combine the spinach/spring mix and parsley. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  4. Plate the spinach mixture on plates. Top with crushed almonds and goat cheese.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: goat cheese salad, healthy salad recipe, smoked almond recipe

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You might be wondering why a goat cheese salad (even if it is completely delicious) on my birthday? And you shall find out tomorrow!

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