As the warmer weather starts heading to New England, it ushers in that special time of year when we enjoy salads a little more than we normally do. This will be a short post because there isn't THAT much I can say about a goat cheese salad. Know what I mean? But I will say this: warm goat cheese salad with toasted pine nuts is a revelation. I absolutely love a warm component on my salads and warm, melty goat cheese is one of my favorite toppings.
How To Handle Goat Cheese for Your Warm Goat Cheese Salad
Goat cheese is one of my favorite cheeses. Sometimes I will buy pesto and goat cheese and toast it on French bread for lunch or dinner. I love making French bread pizza and really love it with goat cheese. My second favorite way to enjoy goat cheese is in this warm goat cheese salad. I love that melty goodness, the pop of the toasted pine nuts and the dried cherries. If you've never used goat cheese before, here are some tips to to keep in mind when handling it.
Chef Tips on Working with Goat Cheese:
- The colder the better when attempting to slice. You want to handle it as little as possible once you've taken it out of the refrigerator. It's a delicate cheese and if it gets down to room temperature it will be harder to slice it without falling apart.
- You can use your bare hands, but if you don't want the mess, put a pair of gloves on.
- Foil a small baking tray and broil the goat cheese in your toaster oven until it is browned on top.
- Timing of the broiling is important. Only broil it once your salads are put together and you are ready to serve. If you leave the warm melty goat cheese sitting out too long, it will harden. Still delicious, but warm, soft goat cheese is better.
For the greens, I used local hydroponic greens for this but use whatever your favorite is! Romaine or butter lettuce would work too. I used My Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette to top the salad, but you can use what you like. My blood orange vinaigrette would work with this or my super tangy garlic scape vinaigrette.
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If you can, take the time to cook delicious food for yourself and your loved ones. Our lives can get hectic so planning to stop and share a meal with your friends and family is an important way to reconnect and re-calibrate our relationships. Talking and sharing our stories and laughter is an important tradition to pass down to future generations. Put your devices down, relax and enjoy the simple pleasure of good food and good company.Print