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Mar 27

Salad with Grapes and Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese

This salad is fantastic. I was expecting it to be good because I love all of the ingredients (mmm, goat cheese), but it somehow managed to exceed my already high expectations. There is a restaurant near my apartment that serves a wonderful salad with nut-crusted goat cheese and I order it every time I go there, so when I saw this recipe from Cooking Light I couldn’t wait to make it. The little pistachio-crusted goat cheese balls were so cute and the herb vinaigrette was delicious (plus you get bonus leftover dressing). I served this as a first course before dinner to my sister and parents and we all agreed that it was a winner. This is a perfect Spring salad!


Salad with Grapes and Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese

Yield: 4 servings


Salad Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup shelled dry-roasted pistachios, chopped/crushed (I put mine in a ziplock and crushed them with a meat mallet)
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup Herb Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
  • 1 (5 oz) bag spring mix lettuce
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (I forgot to add this and it was delicious anyway)

Herb Vinaigrette:

  • 9 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoon minced fresh chives


Dressing Instructions: Combine the vinegar, honey and salt in a medium bowl and whisk in oil until combined. Stir in basil and chives. Store in refrigerator. Yields about 1-2/3 cups. 1 T = 2 P+

Salad Directions:

  1. Place crushed pistachios in a small dish. Evenly divide goat cheese into 12 pieces and roll each piece into a round ball. Roll each cheese ball in the pistachios until evenly coated. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the greens and the salad dressing and toss to combine. Divide salad evenly onto four salad plates and top each serving with ¼ of grapes and 3 cheese balls. Serve immediately.

6 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

223 calories, 9 g carbs, 5 g sugars, 19 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 8 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

Source: Cooking Light

8 comments on “Salad with Grapes and Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese”

  1. Where did you find that salad dressing bottle? I’ve been looking everywhere and I can’t find one.

  2. It’s a Good Seasons cruet. If you look by where they sell the Good Seasons salad dressing seasoning packets to make your own dressing they usually sell some packaged with cruets. It’s definitely a handy thing to have on hand if you like to make your own dressing! Hope that helps.

  3. This salad was delicious!!!! My husband couldn’t believe it was low in points- perfect spring salad.

  4. Glad you loved it too! I love goat cheese and I thought the dressing was fabulous. Thanks for letting me know you liked it!

  5. To clarify- the P+ for the salad DOESN’T include the dressing, correct? I will put it through my tracker anyways, but just checking! Putting this on the menu or lunch next week!

  6. Last time I made as written and it was divine. Tonight I made with pears instead of grapes and sprinkled the crushed pistachios and crumbled goat cheese over the salad instead of making the balls b/c of time. Still DELICIOUS!

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