Salad with Goat Cheese Pecan Balls & Raspberry Vinaigrette

by Marla on June 11, 2010 · 36 comments

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Potluck salad for entertaining and BBQ's

With summer here we have been enjoying our lazy days and warm weather celebrations. My daughter finished kindergarten this week and we are gearing up for camp and travels. For a recent potluck in Santa Monica I made a huge Greek Salad. This week I have another potluck and have a new salad. For this one I combined creamy, tangy goat cheese with toasted pecans, sweet raspberries and tossed with fresh mixed greens.

Memorial Day Beach Party Potluck

My friend Angie hosted a lovely beach potluck picnic in Laguna Beach for Memorial Day. I created another sweet meets savory, fruit & cheese combination inspired by my last post Omelette with Brie Cheese Basil and Strawberries.

Summer salad with goat cheese and fresh raspberries

Do you have a favorite salad with fruit? What is your favorite dressing?

Green salad for parties, outdoor entertaining and BBQ's

Salad with Goat Cheese Pecan Balls & Raspberry Vinaigrette

Makes 4 servings -or- Serves as many as you want it to. Make a Big Batch for your family or for entertaining.


  • Dress as needed. Greens will stay fresh as long as you keep oils and dressings off until serving.



  • 5-7 ounces Baby Greens or Baby Spinach leaves
  • 8 oz Goat Cheese (assume 1-2 ounces of Goat Cheese per person)
  • 1-2 cups ground toasted Pecans
  • 1-2 cups fresh Raspberries
  • ground Black Pepper

{Raspberry Dressing}

4-6 servings


Goat Cheese Balls: Toast pecans in a 350˚F oven with the rack in the middle for about 10 minutes, until fragrant and lightly browned. Watch that they do not burn. Lets nuts cool. Add pecans to blender or food processor, grind until finely ground like bread crumbs. Shape goat cheese into balls about 3/4 inches each. Roll goat cheese balls in toasted pecans.

Dressing: Add oil, vinegar and raspberries to food processor or blender. Blend until well combined. Taste and add stevia or sweetener of choice until desired level of sweetness is achieved.

Prepare Salad: Top greens with goat cheese balls, fresh raspberries and some ground black pepper. Drizzle with raspberry dressing.

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 My Man's Belly June 11, 2010 at 6:07 am

This looks fantastic. I like to do pistachio crusted goat cheese. It looks like you had an army at your picnic…so much food. But that beach air definitely ups the appetite :)


2 Jessica @ How Sweet June 11, 2010 at 6:21 am

Goat cheese pecan balls?! How delicious! Am I missing how we enter the giveaway? Or do we just comment here? :)


3 Rosa June 11, 2010 at 6:36 am

A great place to have a potluck! That salad looks so colorful and lovely!




4 Ally @ Sweet & Savory June 11, 2010 at 6:37 am

Those goat cheese balls look fabulous! I’d love to win this food chopper!!


5 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather June 11, 2010 at 7:05 am

Such simple preparation for such a yummy salad. Love the idea to roll the goatcheese in nuts.


6 Maria June 11, 2010 at 7:21 am

Lovely salad. It looks so pretty and I am sure it is tasty too!


7 Mags June 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

What a delicious looking salad. And your photos are gorgeous!


8 roxan June 11, 2010 at 7:56 am

Marla, I’d love to win this food processor, how do I enter? :)
By the way, that salad looks GORGEOUS.


9 sippitysup June 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

This is a great salad. Those not crusted cheese balls are worthy of their own plate if you ever need a appetizer with pizazz! GREG


10 Esi June 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

Great summer salad. Looks like you’re the unofficial queen of beach potlucks!!


11 julia June 11, 2010 at 10:49 am

Is my comment my entry? I hope so. WONDERFUL salad!!!!


12 Kirby June 11, 2010 at 10:49 am

This is my dream salad! I love, love goat cheese and can’t wait to make this salad … maybe this weekend!

My food processor just broke but I am waiting to buy one because my boyfriend and I are moving and need to save right now. This giveaway would be great!



13 Tanya June 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm

LOVE summer and fresh from the garden salads! I made Tahini dressing for last night’s, but my fave is balsamic…


14 FoodFitnessFreshair June 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I love goat cheese and pecans in my salads. Such a beautiful salad too, especially with the raspberries. Great giveaway as well!


15 Faith June 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

This is such a beautiful salad! I love how you paired the little goat cheese balls with raspberries. The dressing looks fantastic too!


16 marla June 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Hey guys the link for this giveaway is in this salad post, here it is again:

Good luck and have a great weekend!


17 Cristina - TeenieCakes June 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Marla – what a gorgeous salad! Can’t wait to try the goat cheese pecan balls – very versatile. Everything looks so beautiful.


18 A Canadian Foodie June 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

The photo collage – the photographs… the recipe… the post – all gorgeous and full of life and colour and SPRING! YUM. I have done a similar salad with toasted goat cheese croutes… encrusted in hazelnuts. They are flat medallions, or rectangles, grilled until the nuts toast on the outside, and then laid over the top of the salad. YUM. This one looks great, too – and I must try your dressing.


19 Cherine June 12, 2010 at 3:54 am

Oh i LOVE this salad!!


20 Cookin' Canuck June 12, 2010 at 7:20 am

This is the prettiest salad! It is so light and yet seems so decadent with the goat cheese balls.


21 Sophie June 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm

What a georgous, tasty & well flavoures summer salad!!

I so love the idea of the pecans that are covered around the goat’s cheese!! That raspberry vinegraitte is calling my name,..mmmmmmmmmm!!!


22 grace June 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm

the salad looks good; the dressing looks GREAT!


23 Katrina June 12, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I love everything about that salad. I’ve got to try that pecan crusted goat cheese!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.


24 Joanne June 13, 2010 at 4:31 am

This looks like one awesome memorial day party! I love the goat cheese balls in that salad…perfect with the raspberry vinaigrette.

Awesome giveaway! My roommate just moved out and took her food processor with her…I’m now in serious withdrawal!


25 Andrea @ Fork Fingers Chopsticks June 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm

The lure for this salad is definitely those nut crusted goat cheese balls.


26 Diane {} June 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Looks FANTASTIC! The goat cheese balls are calling my name :) What a pretty and fun potluck item!


27 MelRoXx June 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm

What a delicious looking salad! I love your blog! The pictures in this post were beautiful! xxx


28 Carol, Simply Gluten-free June 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm

What a gorgeous site you have here! Really beautiful photography!


29 marla June 14, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Carol, thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment.


30 Nicole, RD June 15, 2010 at 9:57 am

This MAY be the best thing you’ve ever made! YUMMMMMMMM!


31 Mary June 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Wow! This looks incredible. What a great combination of flavors and colors! So perfect for summer – wonderful pictures! Happy I stumbled across your blog :)

Delightful Bitefuls


32 Dina June 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

beautiful salad! have to make the goat cheese pecan balls for my sister. she’d love this!


33 Jacob's Kitchen June 23, 2010 at 8:08 am

Gorgeous! What a simple, beautiful, recipe idea. Thanks for sharing!


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