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Spinach salad with goat cheese, candied pecans, raspberries or strawberries, and easy healthy balsamic vinaigrette. | ifoodreal.com

I have been making this spinach salad with goat cheese and candied pecans for years. Every time I make it, it reminds me of a dinner at a high-end restaurant. This is how classy this salad is with fresh raspberries, crumbles of soft goat cheese and candied pecans.

I always have a box or two of organic fresh spinach and a box of organic mixed baby greens on hand. I add spinach to smoothies (superfood green smoothie), salads (spinach mushroom salad), casseroles (spinach chicken quinoa casserole), meats (brie stuffed chicken), eggs (spinach bird’s nest eggs) and dips (spinach shrimp dip and hot spinach dip). It’s so good for you, especially raw.

And I always buy organic, I don’t remember the last time I bought a box of a regular spinach. It is particularly important to buy the leafy vegetables organic as pesticides are sprayed directly on the leaves, not like you can peel the lettuce and it costs almost the same.

Spinach salad with goat cheese, candied pecans, raspberries or strawberries, and easy healthy balsamic vinaigrette. | ifoodreal.com

I used my homemade Coconut Rosemary Candied Pecans but you can use any kind. My favourite store bought brand is Trader Joe’s. Just remember they are high in fat and sugar, so use sparingly.

Raspberries seem to be in season now in California and Mexico so quite affordable around Christmas time. Who would think?! This salad is a great addition to steak, chicken or pork. I had it with spinach stuffed pork tenderloin on a bed of quinoa.

This week I really started working on my photos as it seems the key for success in a food blogging world. The composition, the light, the props, the camera, the lens, my head is spinning. And I have no background in photography or any kind of arts. So lots to learn, especially with 2 kids on hand.

Hopefully my pictures will be improving and you will want to eat my high protein and low carb meals with your eyes.:)



You could divide salad ingredients evenly between 4 bowls and pour the vinaigrette over each bowl.
Use honey instead of agave nectar.

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans


    For Salad:
  • 8 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 oz soft goat cheese
  • 20 raspberries
  • 1/4 cup candied pecans
  • For Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Spread spinach leaves in a serving dish. Top with goat cheese, pecans and raspberries.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, agave and black pepper and whisk it with a fork. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and give it a gentle toss just enough to distribute the dressing. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info

Servings per Recipe: 4

Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 212
Total Fat: 17 g
Cholesterol: 6 mg
Sodium: 122 mg
Total Carbs: 10 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 4 g
WW Points+: 6

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  1. Jesica Dolin

    Hi there!

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  2. Liz

    Just found your site and love your recipes! This one sounds delicious and I’m definitely going to try it. Will be using honey in the dressing tho. Agave nectar has way too much fructose for me – more than high fructose corn syrup. Since fructose has been linked to all kinds of health issues, I avoid it in a concetrated state like agave nectar or corn syrup. I’m a little surprised that you’re using it since your recipes seem to focus on healthy ingredients. Unless it’s in a fruit that provides fiber, vitamins and minerals along with the fructose, I think most people are better off staying away from it.

    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Hi Liz. Thank you.:) It’s an interesting fact about the agave nectar and I will look into it. You can definitely substitute agave with honey or maple syrup in this and other recipe.


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