Tomato Goat Cheese Salad tops tomatoes and greens with warm, panko encrusted goat cheese. You won't believe how easy this recipe is!
With the bright colors of crisp mixed greens and vivid cherry tomatoes, it looks like a dish from a pricy restaurant. It also tastes like a dish from a pricy restaurant, with the rich, indulgent flavor of warm baked goat cheese coated with a golden breadcrumb crust. Add an easy-to-make honey-balsamic dressing and top it off with salty, roasted sunflower seeds, and you've got a recipe that's good enough to impress a guest.
The truth, though, is that this salad is quite foolproof. I'm always able to throw it together in under 30 minutes (I should note, though, that there's some inactive prep time before beginning the recipe).
In terms of preparing the baked goat cheese - the crowning glory of this salad - there are a few tips for success. First, allow the cheese to sit out and come to room temperature before slicing it and, when you do slice it, use a very sharp knife and cut the slices quite thick, about one inch thick. This will keep the cheese from crumbling, so you'll end up with perfect, clean slices.
Second, place the slices in the freezer for about twenty minutes or so before coating them with breadcrumbs - this will help the cheese bake evenly in the oven later, so it will all hold together very nicely.
Also, cover each cheese slice with a very thin layer of Dijon mustard before coating with the breadcrumb mixture - the Dijon gives the breadcrumbs something to cling to.
Last but not least, drizzle a bit of olive oil all over the tops of each breadcrumb-coated slice before baking. The oil will help the breadcrumbs turn crisp and golden in the oven.
With the crisp greens, fresh tomatoes, and crunchy sunflower seeds, this salad makes the perfect light, nutritious (vegetarian) meal. But the savory, rich baked goat cheese makes this dish feel like an indulgent treat too!
We’ve decided goat cheese makes everything better. Want proof? Try our whipped goat cheese dip and chocolate cupcakes with lavender goat cheese frosting. We know you’ll agree!
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