Recipe + Review: Copycat Apple Goat Cheese Salad at Spoon & Cellar

There are so many times when I go out to eat that I just think - man - I need to eat this again - LIKE TOMORROW! And that's what happened here! I tried a fairly new restaurant for lunch, Spoon & Cellar, and loved my dish so much - I came home and made it the next day. 

apple goat cheese salad

So what does that mean? You get a combo recipe & restaurant review! Plus a lot of my readers are not here in the Queen City - so you can have some of the delicious food I have - no matter where you are!

First let me tell you a little about Spoon & Cellar - they're a very large and pretty new restaurant at 7th & Broadway in downtown Cincinnati. They serve brunch every day (Mango Coconut Pancakes?!) as well as lunch and dinner. As you can guess by the name - they have a great wine & drink menu as well.

I grabbed the team and went for lunch and it was a chilly day - so I started with the ham & bean soup ($5). I'm used to ham & bean soup being thicker but this was really good. There were loads of chunks of ham, beans and lots of vegetables. Everybody was pretty jealous of my soup!

apple goat cheese salad
Since I got soup - I decided to get a salad to go with it and there was one that jumped out at me - Apple Goat Cheese Salad ($10). You can also add chicken, salmon, steak or shrimp - but since I had the soup I just went without any.

This salad really has all my favorites - candied pecans, dried cranberries, green apple and then my favorite - goat cheese!!! They topped it with a chardonnay was very light and tangy.

One of my coworkers got this Pulled Pork sandwich ($10) and I have to say - it looked amazing!!! It's normally topped with a chipotle slaw but Keith isn't a fan. He really liked it. Poor guy - having lunch with 3 women - we all stole his fries! They were great - super crispy!

apple goat cheese salad recipe
After this great lunch - the next day I was still hungry for that salad so I came home and went to town!!! it's a super easy salad to put together and you can add protein to it or have it as a side with something like my Cream Cheese Spaghetti Bake.

apple goat cheese salad recipe
I really liked this salad - and you can make all the ingredients from scratch - or take a couple of shortcuts! I had some of my Slow Cooker Cinnamon Sugar Pecans on hand from the holidays - but you can also buy candied pecans.  I didn't feel like making a Chardonnay Vinaigrette - so I used a Champagne Vinaigrette I had in the fridge.

apple goat cheese salad recipe
The thing is - when you jazz up a salad like this - the whole family wants to eat it that much more! Throwing plain iceberg lettuce in a bowl and tossing some ranch on it is fine - but grab a couple extra ingredients and jazz it up - they'll be scarfing it down!!!! And you don't need a lot of any of the extras - just a little bit goes a long way - then when you get that bite with the goat cheese, pecan and cranberry - it's like you hit the jackpot!

I hope you'll enjoy this salad as much as I did!!! And will again and again - it's a staple for me now!

Yield: 2

Copycat Spoon & Cellar Apple Goat Cheese Salad

I love a great salad and this was so good I had to make it at home!!!
prep time: 5 minscook time: total time: 5 mins



  1. Separate all ingredients between two bowls and add dressing!

apple goat cheese salad recipe

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