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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 181.2
  • Total Fat: 16.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 3.3 mg
  • Sodium: 75.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 6.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 4.0 g

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Spinach-Berry Salad

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Spinach-Berry Salad

Introduction

Fresh and juicy during spring and summer months, strawberries are delicious when combined with tender spinach, creamy goat cheese and crunchy toasted almonds.
Fresh and juicy during spring and summer months, strawberries are delicious when combined with tender spinach, creamy goat cheese and crunchy toasted almonds.

Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1/3 cup almonds, slivered
    4 cups baby spinach
    3/4 cup strawberries, quartered
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 teaspoon honey
    3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1 ounce soft goat cheese
    Salt and pepper to taste

Tips

Instead of slicing strawberries for the salad, quarter them. Quartered strawberries are easier to pick up with a fork.

When you include caloric, high-flavor ingredients such as nuts or cheese in a salad, spread the flavor around by finely chopping, crumbling, or slicing those ingredients. A little will truly go a long way.

Top this or any salad with three ounces of your favorite lean protein to give it some staying power.



From The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose The Weight.


Directions

Place the almonds in a dry skillet or saute pan. Cook over low heat, shaking the pan the entire time until the almonds are toasting. The almonds are done when you start to smell a "nutty" scent.

Remove almonds from the pan to cool. (Do not cool in the skillet because they will burn from the heat that remains in the pan.)

Prepare the dressing by placing the vinegar, mustard, and honey in a mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil.

Place the spinach in a large bowl. Add the strawberries, almonds, and dressing. Toss to coat. Top with goat cheese. If desired, season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Serve immediately. 1 1/4 cups per serving






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  • Incredible!
    91 of 93 people found this review helpful
    I love this. I use the maple grove strawberry balsmic dressing (it is low cal) So even when strawberries are out of season, I use some grilled chicken with the strawberry dressing - 11/5/09

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  • 55 of 56 people found this review helpful
    I use a little low fat/low cal raspberry vinaigrette and add some low fat feta, it's very delicious! - 11/5/09

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  • Very Good
    49 of 49 people found this review helpful
    I used walnuts instead of almonds.GREAT! - 11/5/09

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  • 48 of 53 people found this review helpful
    I am too lazy to mix my own dressing. I use fat-free poppyseed dressing or Ken's Healthy Options Sweet Vidalia. It is also not necessary to toast the almonds--I prefer them anemic. Also when strawberries are out ot season, dried cranberries (craisens) are a good substitute. - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
    This is my favorite summer salad. I use Ken's lite raspberry vinegarette dressing...delicious!! - 11/5/09

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  • 28 of 30 people found this review helpful
    I have NOT tried this recipe but I have the same one using mandarin oranges in place of the strawberries. It is a family favorite. Thought others might like to try that version as well. - 1/31/10

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  • Incredible!
    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
    I LOVE this recipe! It was s-o-o-o GOOD, that I ate the whole thing throughout the day. I am going to make it again for my lunch this week, and add some grilled chicken. This one is definitely going to be made several times; a good summertime meal. - 3/14/10

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  • Very Good
    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
    I threw a bit of chopped cucumber on the top and didn't even need the dressing. Next time I may try shopped apples for a different sweetness - 8/5/09

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  • Good
    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
    Good combination of veggies and fruit but thought the dressing was way too oily. I will make this again but will use a Kraft light dressing of some kind instead. - 8/4/09

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  • 17 of 21 people found this review helpful
    Its a great recipe, its low carb. and thats what I need for my diet. - 10/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
    I added 1 cup of peeled/chopped cucumbers and 4 thin red onion slices. The salad was great and so was the homemade dressing. Kids loved it. Thanks BUNCHES!! - 3/12/10

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  • 14 of 15 people found this review helpful
    I've been making a similar salad for ages, but I only use the balsamic vinegar for dressing, no oil etc, it cuts down the fat calories and it's good without the oil. I've also used blueberries, pears or oranges if I didn't have strawberries. They're all good. - 2/3/10

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  • Very Good
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I have also made this with raspberries and roasted red peppers...yummy, kick it up and add some hot peppers roasted. - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    I love all of the ingredients in this! I doubled the recipe and really cut down the amount of oil, only used about 2 Tbs for double the dressing. I used more of a really high quality balsamic to make up for it. Would use less dijon next time, tasted to mustardy to me, everyone else loved it! - 5/1/10

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  • Very Good
    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    The dressing is super yummy but a bit too oily. I'm going to try it with less oil next time. Also, the salad is great with blackberries and pecans instead of strawberries and almonds. - 1/6/10

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! I had to make a couple of substitutions for the dressing since I didn't have honey or dijon mustard on hand. I used a pinch of sugar and mango-curry mustard. Still came out wonderful. Even my picky 11-year-old liked it. I added to my cookbook and will definitely make again! - 11/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    i made this for a group of people and they all loved it. i loved the dressing - very easy to make. - 12/10/09

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  • 7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Great base-I use walnuts or pecans and flavored vinegars - 2/1/10

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
    GREAT SALAD AND LOW CAL TOO ! MANY OPTIONS TO MAKE IT EVEN LOWER IN CALORIES. - 11/5/09

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  • 5 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I have had a similar salad before and it was delicious. I will probably add cucumbers, shredded carrots and some cherry/grape tomatoes to make it more filling and get more veggies in. I will probably also use one of the Ken's healthy choice salad dressings to make it lower calories and carbs. - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I have made this before and it's great. - 11/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I will have this again. - 7/31/09

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  • 4 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I have had spinach and strawberry salad before but I bet the almonds give it a different flavor, will try this weekend. - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    going to fix again for lunch today! YUMMMMMMY - 11/5/09

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  • Good
    4 of 37 people found this review helpful
    The only reason I rated it good was because I actually have not tried it yet. It sounds excellent though, once we try it I will probably change my rating to a 5 star. - 7/30/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    too funny I made this for the easter dinner family get together and it was the first thing gone....i used twice the amount of spinach but kept the oils and vinegar the same...it was the hit of the dinner. it was light going up against veggie casserols. very very good - 4/25/10

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I had a salad similiar to this at Wheatfields (but it also had chicken). It's awesome!!! Wheatfields has a strawberry rhubarb vinagrette, so I just made some on my own by cooking strawberries and rhubarb with no cal. sweetner, blending it and adding fat free yogurt and red wine vinagrette. Amazing - 3/21/10

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  • 3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is right up my alley! I can't wait for the next strawberry crop from Florida. - 11/5/09

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  • 3 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I'll try this for good. I love all 3 ingredients and it sounds like a good mixture. Can't wait to try. - 11/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Love, love, love, love this recipe. I like to add a little red onion as well. - 2/23/11

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  • Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    good for me but not for my picky eaters. I'll make it again for myself and add some fresh mint for a different flavor. - 6/13/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I beefed this recipe up this weekend for a more robust lunch salad. I used cantaloupe, strawberries and pineapple chunks instead of just strawberries. I also added slivers of swiss cheese and chicken breast out of a can...drained. Poppy seed dressing with pineapple juice, lime juice and pepper. - 5/24/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is one of our go to salads most of the year. My 8 year old is not a big fan of lettuce, but loves spinach salads. Sometimes we add fresh mango, oranges or blueberries instead. Throw some grilled or left over roasted chicken and this is a meal. We use low fat bottled dressing instead, though - 5/18/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I added thin slices of purple onion to it. - 4/25/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    very good - 10/25/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Loved it!!! - 2/9/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I substituted Wish-Bone Light Raspberry Vinaigrette and used plain pumpkin seeds instead of almonds, but still very good and I felt great afterward as well!!! - 2/8/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I absolutely LOVE this salad recipe! Thanks, Chef Meg. - 2/7/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    so good....love all the ingredients and together they are amazing..... - 1/25/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My strawberries weren't the ripest, but it was still very yummy. I also added a little bit of feta cheese. I had some left over so I made it the next day and added a cashews instead of almonds. - 1/17/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love this recipe! I add a 6 oz pkg of Tyson Diced Chicken to make this a full meal in a bowl and it is delicious! I also have adapted the "dressing" for use as a marinade for chicken or pork and it tastes wonderful! - 1/14/11

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Let me say that if you've never tried this recipe, but you love Strawberries, Almonds and Spinach, you'll LOVE this salad! It's so tasty and healthy for you. I make this salad four times a week for me and my family. Do me a favor, TRY THIS RECIPE if you haven't already! - 1/5/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Love this recipe. I've used it changing the fruit and /or nuts - 11/16/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Amazing! Brought this to a dinner party and everyone LOVED it. I added feta cheese and made the dressing separate so people could use as much as they wanted. - 9/13/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    sooo delicious!!! - 7/1/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Really good. The combination of toasted almonds, strawberries and balsamic dressing all go very well together...sweet, tangy, nutty. My husband and I enjoyed it very much. Makes a good meal if you're not really hungry. Good for those nights when you need something light and healthy. - 6/30/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I increased the strawberries to a full cup.Even my pasta loving husaband is asking when will I make this again! - 6/9/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made this and the dressing is great! I also added chicken breast to it since it was my dinner. Still great tasting. However, my teen son did not like it - in spite of that, I gave it a 5 star rating. - 5/26/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I served my family this salad with the dressing tonight. What a hit!! I substituted the strawberries for canned mandarin oranges and fresh blackberries, as someone suggested. I had been to two potlucks this week where it was served, and so I came here looking for the dressing. AWESOME! - 5/24/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made this last night and it was delish! Didn't have almonds, so I used chopped hazelnuts. Also decreased the oil in the dressing to 2 tbs and it tasted great. This would be great to used as an entree if you added cooked shrimp, chicken (as others have said) or even some canned or baked salmon. - 5/19/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Really good and so colorful. Because I did not have fresh spinach on hand the day I made it, I used romaine lettuce. Reading a suggestion made by other members I did add some fresh orange segments (cut into bitesize pieces)--and based on personal preference, I used less olive oil. - 5/19/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe. - 5/18/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    love the spinach and strawberry combination. I make my own dressing with a mix of vinegar, splenda and a little oil - 5/18/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This sounds delish, can't wait to try! 2 of my favorite ingredients, strawberries, and almonds. fresh spinach, good too. I am giving 5 stars, how can you go wrong with
    these wonderful ingredients! - 5/15/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This salad was served at a Baby Shower Brunch I recently attended and it was excellent! Next is my turn to make it at home! - 4/29/10

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Hope the almonds are on my diet! - 4/26/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yum! My favorite recipe made better with a lo-cal version of the dressing. I agree about adding mandarin oranges - it adds more color & a different taste. - 4/25/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My son is a great lover of spinach and strawberries so when I saw this recipe he was in salad heaven. A wonderful salad. - 4/25/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    tasty and I've made similar with orange slices and red onions tastes very similar - 4/6/10

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  • 1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to try it! - 3/8/10

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    yummy!! - 2/3/10

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Yummy - 2/1/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    look very delish - 11/5/09

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  • I didn't have Goat Cheese so I had to sub with Cream Cheese with a Tlbp of 2% milk.. also had to sub almonds with toasted pecans. My husband absolutely loved this refreshing salad! I'm not much for raw veggies or fruit, when I tasted it, I had to get me a serving too! I saved to my recipe box :) - 8/21/14

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  • Delicious! - 7/12/14

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  • This is a nice salad for summertime! I'm not allowed dairy products, so I leave the goat cheese off of it. - 7/12/14

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  • refreshing and filling. - 6/18/14

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  • very good - 5/13/14

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  • So easy to make and tastes great. Low carb and doable on the 17 DD too. Will definitely make it again. Also loved the suggestion about using the raspberry vinaigrette dressing - just bought a bottle yesterday. - 4/1/14

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  • I used frozen, slightly thawed strawberries and some of the juice in the dressing. delicious! - 3/31/14

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  • Have had this before and it is great. We used strawberry vinaigrette with ours and made it great. great with a lite meal . - 3/28/14

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  • Excellent as is but sometimes I add diced chicken & a few pieces of diced green apple for additional crunch & color. I use Kraft Strawberry Balsamic Dressing... Absolutely DIVINE!!!! - 3/13/14

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  • WalMart has a neat little plastid "thingy" for putting salad dressing in. This way you can have the dressing to put on your lunch at the office. The one I got was on a stand alone rack at the end of one of the food aisles. - 2/13/14

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  • I used chopped pear, walnuts and feta with the Kens Light Raspberry Walnut vinaigrette. Delish! - 11/18/13

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  • I have made the same recipe and altered it for variety as well. I have subbed diced pears and used either feta or gorgonzola. Arugula or a spring mix of lettuces combines well with every type of fruit imaginable including blueberries, or clementine pieces. Dressing is fresh lemon juice & olive oil - 10/31/13

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  • Anything fresh like this is so great! - 9/4/13

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  • I made this along with two other of Meg's recipe's tonight and even my kids liked it! - 8/28/13

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  • Just had this for lunch. Delish!!! Used Kraft Light Balsamic dressing and some balsamic vinegar. Didn't have the almonds. It's a really tasty and refeshing lunch on a hot Texas summer day. Thanks for the recipe. Love it!
    - 8/28/13

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  • I have made this many, many times with countless variations and concluded that practically any variation built on spinach, strawberries, and balsamic vinaigrette is terrific! I've tried it with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, peanuts, sweet bell pepper, feta cheese, and combinations of same. All great! - 8/28/13

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  • I made this for TWO dinner parties I attended last week, and everyone *LOVED* how fresh and tasty it was! However, I substituted Kraft's Extra Virgin Olive Oil Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing (2 Tbsp = 60 cals), which cut down on the prep time!! It's one of my new fave recipes! :) - 8/28/13

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  • this is a great recipe . I do something similar , have it for lunch
    I would like to keep this one in my spark recipe book. I use raspberries whenever I can find. - 8/26/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds good - 8/19/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds delicious - 8/19/13

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  • Just hits the spot on a hot summer day! - 8/18/13

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  • Tastes great! - 8/2/13

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  • I use cashews with mine, which are a little more fattening, but I like it better than almonds. I also used a different type of dressing, eliminated the cheese and added sliced mushrooms. - 7/28/13

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  • I used a low cal raspberry vinaigrette, almonds, and feta instead of goat chesse..made a great dinner..Thanks for sharing - 7/17/13

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  • A family favorite! We used Newman's Own Lite Balsamic as the dressing, yummy. - 7/14/13

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  • its very good, i like it - 7/7/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Looks yummy, can't wait ti try it! - 7/3/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds delicious! Will pick up some strawberries and spinach just to try this! - 6/29/13

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  • My husband and I really enjoy eating this salad. However; I do add grilled chicken breast strips to ours so have to remember to add the calories, etc. for the chicken. We also made a complete meal so each of us will eat at least half of recipe so have to count it twice. - 6/26/13

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  • I love this salad and take it to a lot of pot lucks. My friend who have eaten it always ask for the recipe. I love the fact that I make my own dressing and there are no hidden ingredients. - 6/24/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Looks so good, cannot wait to try it. Three of my favorite things all combined into one dish! - 6/4/13

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  • This was very good and filling. - 6/1/13

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  • I like changing up the nuts, using pecans or walnuts, and even added toasted sesame seeds and pistachios. Yummy salad. Great summer salad. Easy fixin's! - 5/30/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I live alone, so I would have to divide this by four. This sounds very good. - 5/27/13

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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My kind of recipe- simple to make and tasty! - 5/24/13

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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Based on the other comments, will try this with less oil. - 5/24/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds delish! Will try. - 5/23/13

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