It's a textural give and take: warm dressing mellows the tart richness of goat cheese and the bright crackle of baby spinach. Herbed croutons make it snappy.
Servings: Makes 4 servings
Ingredients 3 tablespoons mixed chopped herbs , such as parsley, thyme, basil, chervil, and rosemary1 clove garlic , minced1/4 teaspoon kosher salt2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil8 slices (1/4-inch-thick) baguette48 ounces raw baby spinach2 ounces soft goat cheese3/4 teaspoon kosher salt1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 teaspoon brown sugar1 1/2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
To make the croutons, preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, mix herbs, half of garlic, and salt. Using olive oil, brush baguette slices; sprinkle with herb mixture. Place on a baking sheet; bake until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove; set aside.
In a large bowl, mix spinach, cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
In a large sauté pan over medium flame, heat olive oil until just hot; then reduce to low. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add tomatoes and stir 30 seconds. Add remaining half of garlic; continue cooking for 30 seconds. Turn off heat; add lemon juice and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir gently and mix into spinach. Top each salad with croutons and serve.