PPQ: Field Greens with Spiced Walnuts and Goat Cheese

by Shawnda on November 27, 2011

in Lighter & Healthier,Project Pastry Queen,Salads,Vegetarian

Field Greens with Spiced Walnuts and Goat Cheese

My contribution for this week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe is last week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe. The group is baking up Snow-Tipped Sand Tarts this week. But I’m suffering from the usual post-Thanksgiving food coma burn out so turning on the oven for 5 minutes to roast a small batch of spiced walnuts was really all I could take.

Which is why there are two salad posts in a row. And I can assure you, that has never, ever happened here :)

This salad was a super welcome change from the previous day’s road trip food and the calorie-dense spread of Thanksgiving #2. Fresh greens tossed with a standard balsamic vinaigrette and topped with cranberries and spiced walnut-crusted goat cheese rounds. Fresh. Light. And not a block of cream cheese or slice of pie in sight.

You can get the recipe for the spiced walnuts (or pecans, as the original recipe called for), balsamic vinaigrette, and goat cheese rounds over at A Gilt Nutmeg.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 amanda @ fake ginger November 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Yummy! I sat this one out because I wasn’t feeling the greens but now I wished I’d participated! Yours looks delicious!

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2 Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau November 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I’m sighing with relief to see a vegetable that isn’t smothered in something creamy! The goat cheese rounds look delicious.

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3 Chelsea November 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm

That sounds perfect for the post-Thanksgiving-sluggishness I’m feelin! Yum!

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4 Joanne November 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I feel like spiced walnuts still make this kind of Thanksgiving-esque. In a refreshing, make my insides happy kind of way!

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5 Cara November 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Ahhh I bought purple paint long ago planning to do another mock tabletop, and it’s just been sitting around for months. You’re making me jealous with how good yours looks!

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6 Katrina November 28, 2011 at 6:25 am

Mmm such a yummy looking salad!

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7 Melissa @ Kids in the Sink November 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

I made up for all the thanksgiving food binging with a salad on saturday too! Mine was much simpler but this salad looks wonderful. I don’t much care for goat cheese but maybe with this salad dressing it could be good. Or maybe sub it for feta?

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8 peabody November 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Love me some goat cheese in salad. Looks great.

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