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Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

We eat out too much! Eating out is so easy and oh so delicious and I love, love, love to do it. However, it eventually takes a toll on your waistline and your pocketbook. Tonight I decided to make a celebration dinner. “Celebrating what?” you ask? Celebrating the fact that we are home together with nothing to do on a Saturday night. That might not sound like something to celebrate but it doesn’t happen very often around here.

Garlic Butter Shrimp - Merry About Town

Dewey and I both LOVE seafood but we don’t eat it all that often. One reason is that Nicole is allergic and the other is that Evan won’t eat it. Our seafood consumption usually takes place at dim sum. Today I wasn’t sure what I wanted to cook but I knew I wanted it to be something that we don’t eat all the time (a celebration is supposed to be special, right?). When I headed to No Frills, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for. I wanted to see what looked good and what was on sale. I also wanted something that would be easy to prepare. While I wanted diner to be delicious, I did not have time to cook all day!

Shopping for Dinner - Merry About Town

I thought about going with steaks but we have those quite often. Instead I bought a bag of crab legs and a bag of shrimp. To round out the dinner I bought ingredients for salad, baby potatoes, rolls and dessert.

Blackberry Goat Cheese Spinach Salad Recipe

 

To start out dinner, I made a blackberry goat cheese spinach salad. It was easy and delicious!

Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad - Merry About Town

Blackberry Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Summer bounty in a salad!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cups pine nuts
  • 8 blackberries
  • 4 slices President's Choice herbed goat cheese, or similar
  • 1 tbsp Bottled balsamic glaze

Instructions

  1. Divide baby spinach on to two salad plates.
  2. Roast pine nuts in a small skillet over medium high heat for 2 - 3 minutes or until the nuts are golden brown.
  3. Divide roasted pine nuts between the two salads.
  4. Place 4 blackberries and 2 slices of goat cheese on each salad.
  5. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and server.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Saturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 256mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

For dinner we had Garlic Butter Shrimp and steamed crab legs. For the shrimp (see top pic), peel a 300 g bag of shrimp. Melt 1/4 cup of butter and add 3 garlic cloves minced. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink and opaque. We decided to skip making the potatoes (more room for shrimp!). We also really enjoyed dipping the rolls in the leftover garlic butter sauce from the shrimp.

For dessert I purchased a President’s Choice Dulce de Leche cheese cake. All together I spent just under $60 and there was quite a bit of food left over (part of the spinach, most of the pound of butter, most of the garlic, etc) so the actual meal cost quite a bit less than that. While only two of us ate tonight, there was definitely enough food for 4 people especially if you made the potatoes.

 

Dewey and I cracked open a bottle of wine, put on tunes and made dinner together. We had a great time and it ended up being one of our favorite meals in a long time.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Loblaw. All recipes, opinions and savings (woo hoo PC Points) are my own.

Want to hear more about my saving adventures at No Frills? Check out my post Dinner Party on a Dime with PC Plus Points and 7 Thrifty Tips for a Less Expensive Thanksgiving Feast.

Blackberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Angela

Monday 3rd of November 2014

We often have roast beef dinner or turkey dinner or spaghetti with garlic bread and caesar salad for celebrations.

Eva Mitton-Urban

Monday 3rd of November 2014

Hands down beats the hungries every time - COMFORT FOOD - Homemade Stew with Homemade cheese bread + add some heat - 1/4 tsp Chilli Peppers....cures all that ails you.

Eva Mitton-Urban

Monica Miller

Monday 3rd of November 2014

I'm all about the dessert when it comes to celebrations. Usually some fancy cupcakes from my cupcake magazine or anything fruity (apple crumble, rhubarb cream pie, black forest cake, etc)

Doris H

Monday 3rd of November 2014

Love making shrimp or chicken fettucine.

Monica

Monday 3rd of November 2014

Seafood Linguine seems to be our go to celebration meal...YUM!!

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