Berry Salad with Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Balls

Gluten Free Pistachio Berry Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

I love to give dinner parties! I have been doing it for ages and have learned a few things over the years when it comes to entertaining.

I have found that if I have one (or maybe two) dishes that included what I like to call “WOW factor”, I can keep the rest of the meal simple.

Attention to detail is important. After all when you invite someone to your home, they should feel special, like you went through some effort for them. You don’t actually have to go through a lot of effort, but it should look like it.

Do anything and everything you can, ahead of time. Nothing is worse than arriving at someone’s home in hopes of a lovely evening only to find the host or hostess all stressed out; it sets an uncomfortable tone. I make as many components of my dinner party ahead as possible and even set the table the night before.

Don’t be afraid to take a little help where you can. Using pre-washed salad greens is no crime, neither is using pre-chopped vegetables. As long as the food you serve is good, no one will care (or even know) what shortcuts you took.

It should be a little out of the ordinary from a regular dinner. I like to change things up – serve the salad after dinner or add a cheese course. These do not require much effort yet can turn your dinner into an experience rather than just a meal!

This Gluten Free Pistachio Berry Goat Cheese Salad recipe fits all of the above requirements; it has WOW factor, attention to detail (without much effort), can be mostly made ahead, uses a shortcut and if served after the main course is like a combo salad and cheese platter all in one. Plus it is really pretty!

What makes this salad dinner-party-worthy is it has all the elements of a great salad; crispy, tangy, crunchy and hints of sweet and salty. What really puts it over the edge is the pistachio crusted goat cheese balls. Oh sure, you could just crumble on some goat cheese and throw in a handful of pistachios but then it wouldn’t be quite so special; plus the combination of creamy, tangy goat cheese with the salty, crunchy pistachios eaten with a forkful of flavorful greens and a berry or two gives you bliss in a mouthful. It takes maybe 10 minutes to make the pistachio goat cheese balls, you can even do it a day or two ahead and they most certainly add “WOW factor!”

Make the dressing ahead of time and store it in a little container in the fridge. Buy pre-washed baby salad greens and just toss everything together right before serving – simple! Plus you can get away with a really easy main dish like a perfectly roasted chicken and some potatoes and your guest will still feel you went through a lot of effort.

Gluten Free Pistachio Berry Goat Cheese Salad

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Berry Salad with Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Balls
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Gluten Free Pistachio Berry Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • ¼ cup roasted - salted pistachios, chopped
  • 6 ounces goat cheese
  • ½ cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 8 ounces pre-washed baby lettuce salad greens or spring mix
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries


  • Place the chopped pistachios on a plate. Divide the goat cheese into 16 equal pieces (about 1 teaspoon each) and roll into balls. Roll the cheese balls in the pistachios. Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • Put the strawberries in a blender with the vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, olive oil and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and add more honey, salt and/or pepper if desired. Can be made a day ahead. Store in a small jar or covered container and give a good shake before using.
  • Put the salad greens in a large mixing bowl and toss with the dressing. Add the raspberries and blueberries and gently toss. Divide the salad among 6 salad plates and top each with 4 pistachio goat cheese balls.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Pistachio Berry Goat Cheese Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 121mg5%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 9g18%
Calcium 66mg7%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Vitamin A 762IU15%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. March 12, 2011

    What a beautiful salad! Sometimes I forget how wonderful salad can be. The pistachio-crusted goat cheese really makes this something special, and all the fresh berries- yum! I see this recipe in my future…


  3. I like the use of pistachio and goat cheese here. This post certainly reminds me of how much I miss cheese. Ever since I found out about my food intolerances, I had to cut out dairy (mainly from cow), eggs and gluten. Goat cheese is the only cheese that I can eat now, but sometimes, I do get bored of it. This is a creative way to include goat cheese! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  4. Ket Brian
    March 12, 2011

    I have always searching for some sites and article like this! I love to read and study about gluten. Researching on how to care my diet lifestyle. Thanks for this such great post!

  5. Julie
    March 12, 2011

    Wow, that is so pretty! I can’t wait to try this!

  6. Sarah
    March 12, 2011

    Those little goat cheese balls are adorable and I think you are right – this salad does have lots of wow factor. Thanks.

  7. Joy
    March 12, 2011

    Beautiful – just beautiful!

  8. March 13, 2011

    I love goats cheese and berries. In fact I had goats cheese with a raspberry rosemary sauce for lunch today. I’ll have to give this salad a go, Yumm…

  9. March 13, 2011

    this looks so delicious…. cannot wait to try this goodness of greens out asap!! any suggestions on recipes that you may have to serve with it?

    1. You can be a simple or fancy as you like – I think it goes really well with a lemon roasted chicken and some crispy potatoes but for something a little fancier but just as easy) you can try my Pistachio Cranberry Stuffed Pork Tenderloin – Amazing!

  10. March 14, 2011

    I will eat anything with goat cheese. Looks like an impressive salad. I love entertaining too, so much fun.

  11. March 21, 2011

    Love this! I did something very similar last summer on my blog with a raspberry salad with pecan crusted goat cheese balls. Love pistachios too :)

  12. As soon as berries are in-season, I am going to make this salad! Great combination of ingredients and flavors.

  13. March 28, 2011

    Love this recipe…so beautiful. Sharing it now with our followers~!

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    June 15, 2011

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  17. Teodora Kwapniewski
    June 20, 2011

    Perfect share.

  18. Pam
    July 1, 2011

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

    1. July 1, 2011

      Soory about that Pam, but thank you!

  19. November 28, 2011

    I made this for Thanksgiving and it was delicious! So easy and flavorful. Love the goat cheese balls, so interesting!!

    1. November 28, 2011

      Yay, glad you enjoyed it!

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