Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

  • For the dressing
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot or red onion
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons quality walnut oil, (see Cook's Note)
  • Salad
  • 8 cups baby spinach leaves, stems trimmed, washed, and dried
  • 1/2 cup whole or chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat's cheese

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, shallot, mustard, salt, and pepper. Gradually whisk in the oil to make a creamy dressing.

Put all but a large handful of the spinach in a large bowl. Toss with most of the dressing. Add remaining spinach and continue tossing until well coated.

Serve immediately topped with goat's cheese and walnuts.

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Cook's Note: If your walnut oil is very strong, use half walnut oil and extra-virgin olive oil.

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