Wilted Spinach Salad with Chevre & Pecans


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wilted spinach salad with goat cheese and pecans

I’m not typically a fan of spinach salads, but this one is different – and I’m obsessed! To make it, you sautée onions and the throw the spinach into the hot pan. The heat from the pan gently wilts the spinach just enough to soften it up a little and take some of the bitter edge off it. Then it all gets tossed with toasted pecans and crumbled goat cheese. The contrast between the sweet onions, crunchy pecans, and creamy goat cheese (which melts a little from the residual heat) is amazing!

The cheese and nuts also make the salad substantial enough that it can hold it’s own as a side dish – I’ve actually started planning meals around it – and it’s become my go-to item to accompany richer entree like the burgers I posted the other day. Last night, we ate it with grilled strip steak that I topped with a sprinkle of porcini sea salt. The dinner was absolutely delicious, and we didn’t miss not having a starch at all.

And to top it all off? It only take about 5 minutes to make.

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Wilted Spinach Salad with Chevre & Pecans 1

Wilted Spinach Salad with Chevre & Pecans

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Lauren Keating


  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion thinly sliced
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 bag 5 ounces Baby Spinach
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ ounce Pecans
  • 2 ounces Goat Cheese Chevre, crumbled
  • Cracked Black Pepper


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the spinach and cook, tossing, for one minute or until slightly wilted. Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with balsamic.
  • Add the pecans to the pan and set over high heat. Toast for one minute. Chop. Add nuts and cheese to the salad and toss to combine. Season with freshly cracked black pepper.
Nutrition Facts
Wilted Spinach Salad with Chevre & Pecans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


By on September 13th, 2012

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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8 thoughts on “Wilted Spinach Salad with Chevre & Pecans”

  1. 5 stars
    This is a delicious salad. It is a great recipe for when your spinach is starting to wilt in the frig.; ) I added craisens and it was very pretty too! Holiday salad?

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  3. I’m not typically much of a salad person but add goat cheese and pecans and I am instantly super satisfied! Love the sound of this.

  4. I quite often opt for spinach instead of the other greens at the store. When made into a delicious salad like this it is a slice of heaven.


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