Field Greens with Craisins, Mandarin Oranges, Goat Cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette

For Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar, optional*
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

For Salad:

  • Mesclun salad mix
  • 1 orange or Mandarin oranges
  • Craisins
  • Goat Cheese

Beat the vinegar in a bowl with the optional sugar, garlic, salt and pepper until sugar and salt dissolves. Then beat in the oil by droplets, whisking constantly. (Or place all the ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake to combine.) Taste and adjust the seasonings.

Toss a few tablespoons of the dressing with the salad mix and desired salad ingredients, top with goat cheese and serve immediately.

If not using dressing right away, cover and refrigerate, whisking or shaking again before use.

*If using a good quality balsamic vinegar you should not need the sugar, but if using a lesser quality you might want the sugar to round out the dressing.

Substitutions: I did not use any oil in the salad dressing and used granulated sugar rather than brown sugar.

7 Responses to “Field Greens with Craisins, Mandarin Oranges, Goat Cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette”


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    I’ve made this beautiful salad for several events and it is always a hit. The only modification I make is to add 1/4 cup of diced red onion.

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