Goat's Cheese, Grape and Walnut Salad

If your goal for 2021 is to lose some weight (it’s fine if it is and it’s fine if it isn’t) then maybe this recipe might help a bit! This creamy, nutty, and fruity salad is the perfect veggie lunch or snack. The recipe from Tesco took me all of about 10 minutes to make so it’s also really good to prep for lunches for that busy first New-Year week back at work! 

Serves 2 

50g Walnuts, halved 
100g Goat’s Cheese (I could only get a block but if you can find rounds of cheese that'll work much better) 
2 tbsp Oil 
1/2 tsp Mustard 
Juice of 1 Lemon 
1 tsp Clear Honey 
120g Grapes
60g Salad Leaves (I just used spinach) 

To start with, preheat the oven to 220C/ 200 Fan/ Gas Mark 7. Put the walnuts on a baking tray with the goat's cheese (I broke my block of cheese into chunks and put it in cupcake cases so it would melt together, it doesn’t look the prettiest but if you can’t get cheese rounds then this will be the easiest option). 

Bake for around 5 minutes until the cheese has slightly melted. 

Now whisk together the mustard, lemon juice, and honey in a small bowl then season with salt and pepper. 

Add in your oil and 1 tsp of water to the dressing mixture then whisk until fully combined.

Now just serve up! I put a handful of spinach down with half the goat's cheese, added a handful of grapes and walnuts then drizzled a bit of dressing, and just kept building the layers up! 

This was way tastier than I thought it was gonna be and might even work as a light dinner if you add some tasty crusty buttered bread to the plate! I loved the salty chewiness of the goat’s cheese, pair that with the sweetness of the grapes and that soft bed of spinach and you’re on to a winner! I can’t imagine it's too unhealthy either with the amount of spinach I used so let’s just say it's healthy anyway! 
Like I said at the beginning, if you're looking to make some healthier choices this year then this quick and easy salad is definitely worth a try. 

H x