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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Spinach and Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

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This delicious spinach and arugula salad with fresh cherry tomatoes and goat cheese is simple and easy to make – ready in 10 minutes! Tossed with a homemade dressing, it is the perfect accompaniment to a picnic, bbq, potluck, or a light lunch.

spinach and arugula salad with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese served in a light blue salad bowl

Summer produce is in full bloom here in Seattle! Just the other day I dropped by my neighbor’s house to pick up a bounty of cherry tomatoes that appeared in their garden out of nowhere! And what did I do with all those tomatoes? I threw them into this salad with peppery arugula, baby spinach sweet corn and creamy goat cheese 🙂

spinach and arugula salad with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese served in a light blue salad bowl

Simple side dishes are some of my favorites because they can add a nice pop of flavor to any meal, without a ton of effort. For this dish, I literally just mixed all of the ingredients together in a salad bowl and made my favorite, easy, homemade salad dressing: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and fresh minced garlic (optional)

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ingredients for spinach and arugula salad with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese: corn, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, slivered almonds, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper - top view

How to make this Spinach and Arugula Salad – Step by Step

Step 1: Add your arugula, baby spinach, corn, tomatoes and goat cheese to a salad bowl and toss gently.

ingredients for arugula corn salad: corn, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese

Step 2: Make your salad dressing by combining 1 tbsp olive oil, 1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. You can also add 1/2 tsp fresh minced garlic for even more flavor!

homemade salad dressing in a glass bowl: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper - top view

Step 3: Whisk the salad dressing ingredients together until combined.

homemade salad dressing in a glass bowl: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper - top view

Step 4: Toss the dressing with the salad ingredients, and then top with slivered toasted almonds.

close up of spinach and arugula salad with cherry tomatoes and goat cheese, served in a light blue salad bowl

What Makes This Spinach and Arugula Salad Healthy?

  • High in Vitamins and Minerals: Spinach, arugula, and tomatoes are all high in Vitamins A, C and K, iron, potassium, folate and calcium.
  • High in Antioxidants: Both arugula and tomatoes are rich in antioxidants that have cancer preventative properties.
  • Good Source of Fiber: One of the reasons salads are so good for you is because they are packed with vegetables — and veggies are a great source of fiber! Fiber plays a major role in digestive health, maintaining a healthy weight, and in heart health.

Will Kids Enjoy This Summer Salad?

My older daughter really likes this salad, because she enjoys salads in general. My toddler will eat a few bites, but because it’s tough for little ones to chew raw veggies, he gets tired of eating this after a little while.

If you have older kids this salad would be a great side dish for them! If you have younger kids, I recommend either turning this into a chopped salad so the raw veggies are in super tiny pieces (so they are easy to chew), or serving a very small portion of this alongside a dish they will love.

We served this with my protein-packed pasta and some crusty whole grain bread on the side and it was the perfect weeknight dinner!

What does Arugula taste like?

Arugula has a bold, distinct, peppery flavor and can be very slightly bitter. I like pairing it with a milder green like spinach to balance it out. Arugula can add great flavor to salads and works wonderfully with many ingredients. 

What to serve with this Spinach and Arugula Salad

This salad is a really versatile side dish, and will sit perfectly on a plate with most main courses. I love it as a pairing with Italian food: Pasta, Lasagna, Pizza are delicious entrees for this salad. I have even used it as a pizza topping! It’s great to make a huge bowl of this for a table and let people help themselves.

spinach and arugula salad with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese served in a light blue salad bowl

Top tips for making Spinach and Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

  • You can prepare the salad ingredients and salad dressing separately and keep them in the fridge for several hours before tossing the salad and serving.
  • Toss the salad 5-10 minutes before serving so the arugula doesn’t wilt before people have a chance to eat it!
  • You can use any kind of cheese you like: parmesan would work great in this salad, as would a sharp cheddar
  • I recommend fresh corn if you can find some, but if not you can also use frozen & thawed or canned corn as well.
  • To make this dish vegan, simply omit the goat cheese or use a vegan substitute
  • Feel free to add chopped fresh herbs to this salad! Fresh basil, marjoram, parsley, or even chives would all work well.

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5 from 5 votes

Spinach and Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

This salad is bright, light, and peppery – the perfect summer salad! Pair it with any entree for an easy and healthy dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 74kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Organic corn
  • 1 cup Cherry tomatoes quartered or halved
  • 5 cups Fresh arugula
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup Goat Cheese Crumbles
  • 2 tbsp Sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh garlic (optional)

Instructions

  • Add your arugula, spinach, corn, tomatoes and goat cheese to a salad bowl and toss gently.
  • Make your salad dressing by combining 1 tbsp olive oil, 1-2 tsp balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. You can also add 1/2 tsp fresh minced garlic for even more flavor!
  • Whisk the salad dressing ingredients together until combined.
  • Toss the dressing with the salad ingredients, and then top with slivered toasted almonds.

Notes

Top tips for making Spinach and Arugula Salad
  • You can prepare the salad ingredients and salad dressing separately and keep them in the fridge for several hours before tossing the salad and serving.
  • Toss the salad 5-10 minutes before serving so the arugula doesn’t wilt before people have a chance to eat it!
  • You can use any kind of cheese you like: parmesan would work great in this salad, as would a sharp cheddar
  • I recommend fresh corn if you can find some, but if not you can also use frozen & thawed or canned corn as well.
  • To make this dish vegan, simply omit the goat cheese or use a vegan substitute
  • Feel free to add chopped fresh herbs to this salad! Fresh basil, marjoram, parsley, or even chives would all work well.

Nutrition

Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2.6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4.2mg | Sodium: 53.6mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 2g

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25 responses to “Spinach and Arugula Salad with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese”

  1. Arugula and goat cheese sound perfect together to bring out all flavors in a salad. Can’t wait to try this.5 stars

  2. Love all your recipes and keep it up.
    I am still at cooking 101 level so pardon the naivety.
    The almonds if you can post which one you usually buy? Are they already sliced and toasted?
    By what I am reading on your other recipes if I had to guess you usually buy those from Trader Joe’s as well 🙂
    Loved the Healthy Omelette by the way.
    Thanks.

    • Thank you so much!! And no worries at all these are great questions! For the almonds, yes, I usually buy sliced and toasted almonds – saves a lot of prep time that way 🙂 You can get them from any store, Trader Joe’s definitely has some delicious roasted and sliced almonds as well 🙂 Hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. I made this for our Super Bowl party as a healthy alternative (it was a pretty high carb menu). I couldn’t find straight arugula at the grocery store so I used spring mix. They didn’t have goat cheese either so I substituted feta. I made a homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It was great and I had enough left for lunch today. Thanks 🙂

    • Yaaay!! Substituting feta is perfect for this salad 🙂 And a homemade balsamic dressing is my go-to in almost every salad I make! So glad it turned out well and that you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know!

  4. I love the idea of the simplicity of this salad: 5 ingredients and 5 minutes. So many people wrongly believe that healthy eating is time consuming. This post helps dispel that belief. Visually appealing, healthy and delicious! How can you go wrong?

    Thanks for sharing,

    Michelle

    • Thanks so much! And yes – totally agree – healthy eating doesn’t have to be time consuming, boring, or tasteless. It can be as delicious and easy as making something less healthy if you know the right ingredients to put together. Thanks again, so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  5. Wow what a gorgeous salad, I would devour this right up!! If you haven’t already, feel free to stop by my blog and check out the $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card giveaway going on right now! xoxo

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