Goat Cheese, Blueberry & Pecan Salad

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About a year ago, back when I first gave calorie counting a try, my husband and I had gone to Uno Pizzaria and Grill with a few friends for dinner. Sadly, I knew that there was just no way my broken pancreas was going to be able to handle even their smallest, individual-sized pizza, but I went against my better judgment anyway.

I decided I’d look for a lower calorie, more low-carb-friendly option and eventually settled on their Walnut, Blueberry & Goat Cheese entrée salad. I was expecting a bland pile of greens (a la most pizza places everywhere) but instead, my taste buds were greeted with a delightful surprise!

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Yes, it kind of was a pile of greens, but it was actually a really good pile of greens, especially for being such a simple salad! So the other day when I found myself with a hankering for that particular salad but no accompanying inclination to spend $12 (plus tax and tip) to have it served to me, I figured I would just make it at home!

My version is a little different, but IMO, just as enjoyable. I subbed walnuts for pecans (you’ll see why in a sec), and instead of a blueberry-pomegranate dressing I dressed my greens with plain and simple EVOO, cutting some of the unnecessary sugar from the dish. To make this simple salad yourself, you will need:

INGREDIENTS

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Carb-counting is something I have to do to determine the amount of insulin I need for a meal; if you find yourself in the same boat, or if you’re looking to reduce the carbs in your life (and there are oh so many), then you’ll want to know that 1/4 cup of blueberries is 11g of carb! Blueberries are super good for you. Did you know they have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit?

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These delicious pecan pieces are what give this salad a tiny kick of sweet. You could certainly make your own honey roasted pecans, but when you’re in a hurry (or allergic to walnuts?) these work great! Use sparingly if you’re counting carbs, however, as 1/4 cup of these sweet nuts is about 25g carb.

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Drizzle with EVOO and a generous helping of freshly crumbled goat cheese, and enjoy!

Goat Cheese, Blueberry & Pecan Salad

  • 2 cups washed organic spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 4 Tbsp honey roasted pecan pieces
  • Sprinkled goat cheese
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. Combine your salad ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil!
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Thanks for stopping by the blog today, and I hope you liked this easy salad recipe! Be sure to stay tuned for more!

LOVE BLUEBERRIES?

Love,
Gabby

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