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Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese

Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese is perfect for the holiday table or a lovely salad for any special meal!

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Years ago I spent a couple of hours looking through food magazines (remember those?) and then marched into the kitchen and came up with this Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese without a recipe except the one I made up in my head. I’ve served this many times for special dinners through the years, and it’s always been a hit so today I am recommending it as a Friday Favorites pick for your Thanksgiving menu! 

I hope you’re making some special dishes even if it’s a small gathering this year for most people! This beautiful salad has Dried cranberries and I think that really gives the salad a Thanksgiving feel if you want to serve it for that big food holiday. You can skip the dried cranberries if you want an even lower-carb salad that will still be a wow with the almonds and goat cheese, but if you check the nutritional information you’ll see the the small amount of cranberries doesn’t add that many carbs per serving.

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How to Make Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe:)

  1. Whisk together the white balsamic vinegar, sweetener of your choice, olive oil, and salt to make the dressing.
  2. Measure out the salad toppings.(Thanks to Ree for the cute measuring cups that came in the mail!)
  3. Toss the spinach with the dressing (you might not need it all) and top each salad with the almonds, goat cheese, and dried cranberries.
  4. That’s all there is to this delicious salad.
  5. This salad will be a big hit on the Thanksgiving table or any special meal. If some people don’t like goat cheese, use Feta or Parmesan for a salad that will still be delicious.

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More Ideas with Cranberries:

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Parmesan
Trina’s Low-Sugar Fresh Cranberry Salsa with Cilantro, Lime, and Jalapeno 
Green Bean Salad with Blue Cheese, Cranberries, and Pecans 

Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese finished salads on plates

Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese is a delicious way to get some greens on the holiday table or serve this any time of year for a special meal!


  • 5 oz. baby spinach leaves
  • 2 T dried cranberries (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 3 oz. goat cheese (the type that comes in a log; Costco brand is good)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 T white balsamic vinegar (could use regular balsamic)
  • 1/2 tsp. sweetener of your choice (see notes)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • pinch of salt


  1. Wash spinach if needed and spin dry, then place in large bowl.
  2. Whisk together balsamic vinegar, sweetener and salt, then whisk in olive oil.
  3. Toss spinach leaves with dressing (you may not need all the dressing if you prefer your salads on the dry side).
  4. Arrange spinach on individual serving plates and sprinkle each salad with dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and goat cheese. Serve right away.


I would use Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) for this salad. Use more dried cranberries if you aren't being that careful about carbs!

Recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from holiday food magazines.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 10g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Dried cranberries are relatively high in sugar, so keep that in mind if you decide to use more than the small amount specified in this recipe. With the limited amount of cranberries and the use of Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), this Thanksgiving Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese is not that high in carbs as a splurge for a holiday meal. If you don’t want to splurge or you’d prefer to use your carbs on other holiday foods (!) the salad will still be delicious (and very low in carbs) without the cranberries.

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Historical Notes for This Recipe:
Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese was first posted in 2007, yikes! The recipe was last updated in September 2020.

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    28 Comments on “Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese”

  1. I buy all ingredients for this at Trader Joe's. Delicious salad! I make it often.

  2. Yum! I love all these ingredients & especially like the addition of cranberries. Cheers! Heather

  3. Looks great! I love dried cranberries in my salad…I usually do one with feta, almonds, and craisins, with a maple mustard dressing! So pretty for fall/winter too!

  4. Very good. I make a baby spinach salad with craisins (well, fruit-sweetened organic dried cranberries these days), the occasional grape tomato, nuts (sliced almonds are my fave) and crumbled blue cheese with a maple-balsamic vinaigrette (equal measures balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and olive oil–but agave nectar would be a perfect sub). I’m actually planning that salad to go with my Tgiving meal–along with another favorite: pureed white beans instead of mashed potatoes! Mmm!

  5. ohhhhhhhhhhhh I am certainly going to do this salad it looks fabulous.. our wedding is the weekend before Tgiving .. so this will be an easy salad to make… for Tgiving.. not too much work.. and I love stuff that looks and tastes like I worked harder than I did LOL

  6. That’s just the way I cook – “er, um, what needs using up in the fridge? Oh I know, we’ll make this!” The only problem is that selection of ingredients seldom coincides so fortuitously in my fridge again 😉 Salad looks awesome. I’m a late arrival on the cranberry scene but am now addicted to dried cranberries…

  7. I love dried cranberries! I just made a similar salad (right down to the goat cheese). I’ve found that grape seed oil is a really nice alternative to olive oil in salad dressings. My dressing for my similar salad was white basalmic, grape seed oil, a little bit of all fruit raspberry jam (the natural sugars might now work with the diet you are on), and a squirt of a course ground mustard.

    I don’t usually comment here but I’ve recently fallen in love with dried cranberries so I thought I would say hi.

  8. i am always at a slight loss when it comes to making salads and coming up with interesting ingredients for them.
    this one sounds delicious. perfect for thanksgiving indeed!

  9. Yum! This is a salad I could grab onto! I love dried cranberries. Funny thing is – I remember interning at an ad agency in college in Boston on the Ocean Spray account…They had me in an office once, glueing a “new product” to fill a map of the US – a product they called Craisins. If I knew then what I know now!

  10. Meeso, thanks! I try to find interesting things to cook.

    Joanna, I agree, perfect for winter.

    Chigiy, agave nectar is really very tasty, and it’s completely natural. The amber type tastes a lot like honey.

    Helene, great idea. I didn’t think about the colors, but it looks very Christmas-like.

    Gloria, me too, thanks.

    Tanna, laughing here. I usually have 100+ photos, so it does take a while. I will try to eat more slowly and not wolf down my food! I promise!

  11. Kalyn I really hope you were downloading a LOT of photos or your downloading is really slow otherwise you’re really woofing your food ;))
    The salad looks and sounds really fabulous and one I know I will be making. I can never be getting too much spinach or cranberries.

  12. I like this recipe Kalyn, I lke spinach so Gloria

  13. Looks really good. Anything with goat cheese. This could probably be on a Christmas buffet also.

  14. This looks yummy. I’ve made salads that are similar using toasted pinenuts or candied nuts instead of almonds. Almonds are probably way more healthy.
    I’ve never tried agave necture though.
    Looks good.

  15. What a lovely recipe, Kalyn … definitely one to try, even though we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a beautiful looking winter salad, full of goodness – just what’s wanted when there’s no lettuce or other salad greens

    Thanks for sharing!


  16. You’re the best resource for fresh food recipes…they are always amazing!!!

  17. Peter, never too many spinach salads. Please post yours and I will add it to my links!

  18. Great salad Kalyn and it’s funny how 2 people can be thinking about the same foods. I was going to post my spinach salad today but now I’ll wait a bit!

  19. I love dried cranberries, and hats off, really, to Ocean Spray for marketing them now as “craisins.” You can find them in my local markets in the produce section, near the nuts and other dried fruits.

  20. Kalyn, this looks really fantastic.

    Here, cranberries are not common and dried ones are only just making it onto the scene. Also goats cheese is relatively expensive. But the dish looks so delicious, so simple yet really inviting. I am going to save it for our summer holiday season (Dec – Jan).