Spinach Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese, Candied Honey Chickpeas and Balsamic!

During the summertime, we are all about salads at our house and we usually incorporate honey is some sort of way! Our friend Regina came up with this delicious salad, I love the idea of candied honey chickpeas! Enjoy! =)
Serves: 2 portions

Ingredients:

3-4 oz of baby spinach
10-12 each of cherries, halved and pitted
2 tbsp of chavrie cheese
15.5 oz canned chickpeas, remove from water and dry out with paper towel
1 egg white
About 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
A pinch of cardamom
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
Olive oil

Directions:

1. Turn kitchen fan on high as vinegar is going to be floating into the air! Pure the vinegar into a medium saucepan, bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, and then turn down heat to keep at a low simmer. It will take about 10-15 minutes to thicken and reduce. As soon as vinegar covers the opposite of the spoon, it’s done. Keep an eye on it and don’t overcook it.
2. Prepare the chickpeas. Preheat the oven at 350F, line up the sheet pan with parchment paper. Whisk the egg whites until nice soft peaks, stir in honey and chickpeas. Season with cayenne pepper, cardamom, salt and pepper. Roast them for about 5-7 minutes or until nicely golden-brown color. Stir them with rubber spatula after 4-5 minutes. Cool them down completely.
3. Season spinach with and pepper. In a large serving plate or bowl place spinach, top with cherries, Chavrie goat cheese, candied chickpeas and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic reduction.
 
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