Harvest Salad with Grapes and Goat Cheese

Cooking for One or Two, Recipes, Worknight Dinners
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A few days ago I was at the deli around the corner from my office with my friend Alli, selecting create-your-own salads for lunch.

I ordered my romaine with a mix of vegetables without dressing.

“It upsets me deeply that you eat your salad dry,” she said, only half-kidding.

I don’t eat my salads dry, but I’m very picky about salad dressing and usually keep my own, bottled dressing, back at the office.

Salad dressing is a precarious issue here, because when the guy behind the deli counter is making your salad during the lunchtime rush hour (and let’s be honest here, he doesn’t really care if you enjoy your meal or not) he may do one of two things:

1. He might dose your salad in entirely too much dressing, leaving you with salad dressing breath, as unpleasant for you as it could be for the person in the next cubicle over.

2. He might not give you enough dressing, so that you can taste it, but what is that herb? Is that garlic?

So I’ve decided, there are two solutions here. One is to keep dressing in the work fridge so that I always have something on hand. Another is to make your own salad and make it taste so good that you don’t even need dressing.

I’ve noticed that during the Fall, you can put pears or apples in just about anything and dub it with the moniker “Harvest.”

This salad, full of fresh fruits, savory goat cheese and crunchy walnuts seems pretty Fall to me.


Harvest Salad with Grapes and Goat Cheese
Recipe type: Cooking for One or Two
Prep time: 
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Serves: 1-2
  • 3 cups red leaf lettuce, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 medium pear, diced
  • ½ cup red, seedless grapes, sliced in half
  • ⅛ cup golden raisins
  • 1 ounce goat cheese (chevre) crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  1. Combine first four ingredients in a medium bowl. If you can't manage without dressing, use your favorite balsamic vinaigrette, like one I used in my summer fruit and nut salad. Top with goat cheese, walnuts and serve.
  2. Recipe serves two as a side dish and one as a meal. You could easily double, triple or quadruple this to serve a larger group).


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  • Reply
    Sarah Caron
    October 16, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Mmm. That salad sounds delicious. I am a salad dressing lover, so I would have to toss on some Apple Cider Vinaigrette or maybe some good balsamic and olive oil. Either way though, this is perfect for harvest time. YUM!

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    October 15, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I agree about salad dressings in restaurants. In my case, I always get so much of it, it is disgusting. So, as much as I love salads, I prefer to make my own and to make my own salad dressing.
    I love your salad, it sounds delicious!

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    Lara (Thinspired)
    October 15, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Maris, this salad is dreamy! Hehe…I agree about the “harvest” label. I love the combination of the grapes, goat cheese, nuts, and raisins. I love salads with sweet flavors like that.

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    October 15, 2009 at 5:54 am

    What a divine, healthy & tasty autumn salad this is, Maris!
    delectable too!

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    October 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    This looks really good and light. I LOVE goat cheese on anything, especially salads so I’m game to give this a try. The grapes DEFINITELY intrigue me too.

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    October 14, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Grapes and goat cheese are seriously my favorite food combination ever. This salad looks fantastic and you’re right; definitely doesn’t need dressing!

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    October 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    What a delicious salad.

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    Jessica Lee Binder
    October 13, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I love salads that have fruit, nuts, and cheese, and for those, I can do without dressing easily. My husband also keeps good balsamic and good olive oil on his desk.

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    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    October 13, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I’m a big fan of fruit in green salads, all year round. Raisins and dried cranberries are perfect in mid-winter, when everything else (in New England, at least) is so flavorless.

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    October 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I love new salad recipes! Actually, salads full of fresh produce are some of my favorite lunches. And you’re so right about the dressing – I never trust anyone else to put on the correct amount. It’s an important balance!

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    October 13, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I’m very particular when it comes to salad dressing, the under or over-dousing of it can ruin a perfectly good salad!
    This looks and sounds delish but I don’t think I could ever go the non-salad dressing route. Personally, a great balsamic dressing always makes it better.

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    October 13, 2009 at 10:21 am

    This sounds incredibly delicious. I love putting different things on my salad like cranberries, apples, strawberries, whatever I have on hand.

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    October 13, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I know what you mean about the dressing, maybe another trick would be to get it on the side so you can control the amount.

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    October 13, 2009 at 7:39 am

    That looks so refreshing and has all the best ingredients. What a healthy salad

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    October 13, 2009 at 2:36 am

    this is my kind of salad. i am in agreement with your thoughts on the great salad dressing debate. i prefer to put it on myself or as you said make it good enough that no dressing is needed. goat cheese and grapes will do that. i like to roast the grapes and toss a few carmelized onions on there too..yum

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