I have a lovely salad for you today, a spinach and blackberry salad with warm goat’s cheese. Blackberries are in season right now, but you will have to quick if you want to catch some of these juicy berries. Every time I spy a bramble by the time I have come back with girl and bucket they have all gone. So if you, like me, can’t pick your own try your local farmers market or P.Y.O farms because the wild ones are always the best. They are perfect for this spinach and blackberry salad with goat’s cheese.
There are some lovely ways to use up blackberries, I love them in a an apple crumble, it always gives me that real end of summer feeling. But I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, so I’m using mine in this super tasty, spinach and blackberry salad with goat’s cheese. Blackberries and warm goat’s cheese together is just the best, add in some crunch with nuts, seeds and a lemony mustard dressing and you have my all time favourite salad!
This blackberry and spinach salad is the easiest thing to make, ready in under 20 minutes it makes a great early evening meal maybe with a glass of crisp white wine and some warm crusty bread, are you with me? Yep thought so! I think this would also be great as a dinner party starter or a fab lunch for the girls 😉
Serves 4, Time: 2o minutes
200g Baby Leaf Spinach, washed
4 thick slices of Goat’s Cheese
1 Courgette, shaved into ribbons
50g Walnut Halves, cut into quarters
50g Pumpkin Seeds
1 Small Red Onion, cut in half and sliced thinly
150g, Fresh Blackberries
For the Dressing:
150ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Lemon, juice
1 Tsp of Dijon Mustard
A small tsp of Lemon Thyme Leaves (optional)
Black Pepper, freshly ground.
- Make the dressing by whisking the lemon juice slowly into the oil, then add the mustard, lemon thyme leaves if using and add a good pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to a sealable jar or bottle and store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
- In a large salad bowl add the spinach, courgette, onion, nuts and seeds and mix well with your hands. Add the blackberries and mix in gently.
- Heat the grill to a medium heat, place the goats cheese slices on a baking tray and pop it under the grill for about 5-7 minutes until the cheese is starting to go golden and bubbling around the edges.
- Serve the cheese on top of the salad and add the dressing.
Notes: The dressing may need a shake before you use it. This dressing can keep for a few days just keep it stored in the fridge and shake well before using.