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The dream team of creamy goat cheese and juicy sweet strawberries combine forces in this summery Strawberry Goat Cheese Spinach Salad covered in a refreshing mojito dressing.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Spinach Salad with Minty Lime Dressing via Neighborfoodblog.com

I’m back again this week with another recipe that includes strawberries and goat cheese, and you know what? I’m not one bit sorry. Because it’s June and strawberries and goat cheese are my life.

I’ve always been rather partial to my Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sweet Lemon Dressing. It’s a summer staple around these parts, but even the most beloved recipes need a little shake up every now and then. This salad is similar to my favorite, but made a little heartier with some new characters.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Spinach Salad via NeighborFoodBlog.com

The spinach and the strawberries form the base of this salad, but greens and fruit do not a lunch entree make. As much I love it, this preggo lady cannot be sustained for several hours by the bits of spinach leftover in her teeth after eating it. So in goes hearty, filling chunks of avocado, creamy goat cheese, and protein-packed pecans.

Then, because our “garden” this year is made up primarily of overgrown mint plants, I decided to tear up the leaves and add them directly to the salad. The whole thing gets tossed with a tangy sweet lime dressing and then forked directly into my mouth.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Spinach Salad | NeighborFoodBlog.com

This is the first time I’ve ever added whole mint leaves to a salad, and I assure you it won’t be the last. The combination of the lime dressing and the mint leaves gives this salad a mojito style vibe. It’s fresh, fast, and lovely for a summer time lunch.

I promise it’s best not to question the quantity of strawberries and goat cheese being consumed and just go with the flow. After all, it’s only June for 30 days. We’ve got to live it up!

Strawberry, Avocado, and Goat Cheese Spinach Salad
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 4 sprigs mint, leaves removed and torn
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 8 strawberries, sliced
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • ⅓ cup halved pecans
For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, toss together all of the salad ingredients. In a small jelly jar with a tight fitting lid, shake the dressing ingredients until well combined. Pour over the salad right before serving. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

 Recipe by NeighborFood

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  • wearenotmartha June 15, 2015, 7:54 AM

    This is most definitely the dream team of salad ingredients and I LOVE the addition of mint!!

    Sues

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog June 16, 2015, 10:02 AM

    Love this vibrant salad recipe! The dressing sounds amazing, and I love that you added whole mint leaves.

  • Michelle (Blackberry Babe) June 16, 2015, 10:35 AM

    This truly sounds like my PERFECT salad! And the dressing is so simple and healthy. Thank you for sharing!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 16, 2015, 1:32 PM

    I need this! I love everything right down to the minty dressing. It’s like an edible healthy mojito.

  • debattinella June 16, 2015, 9:21 PM

    This is a great summertime salad!

  • Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. June 16, 2015, 10:00 PM

    It’s never occurred to me to add whole mint leaves to a salad, but what a great idea! And strawberry spinach salad is my absolute favourite, especially at this time of year when they’re both so good!

  • Beth B June 16, 2015, 10:02 PM

    I’m so hungry for this summer salad!

  • Melanie | Melanie Makes June 16, 2015, 10:59 PM

    This salad looks amazing, Courtney – love the mint leaves!

  • Ginny McMeans June 17, 2015, 12:36 AM

    I am ready to live it up. What a beautiful salad!

  • Meg June 17, 2015, 6:57 PM

    Oh I hear ya…I need a hardy meal or I will be making my way to the pantry an hour later!! This salad looks perfect!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood June 23, 2015, 4:15 PM

      Haha! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who goes pantry searching after a light meal!

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling June 17, 2015, 11:42 PM

    All my favorite ingredients! This looks delish!

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