Did you all have a good weekend?  Mine was full to the brim with good things.  Lots of fun time with the kids, nice weather for playing outside, a beautiful wedding of a friend of many years, and time cooking with some other great friends.  Oh, and there was lots of great food, including this salad.  It was definitely a highlight, even amongst all that goodness.  So much so that I couldn’t wait even a few days to share it with you.

A few weeks ago I attended a dinner for work and ordered a starter salad similar to this.  Rarely if ever is the salad the highlight of my meal, but that evening it was.  I have been wanting to recreate it at home ever since, so this weekend I finally made it happen.  As much as I loved the restaurant version, this was way better.  In fact, this is the new reigning favorite salad in my world – kind of a big deal.  The fresh blackberries, blackberry vinaigrette, creamy goat cheese and spiced nuts are each fairly simple elements but they combine to make a pretty extraordinary salad.  If you can find honey goat cheese in your store, I highly recommend using it.  It’s kind of amazing.  I predict more future recipes highlighting this fabulous cheese…oh yes, I do.