Baked Goat Cheese Salad

Photo: Tina Evans; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson

"Goat cheese releases more flavor when it's warm and creamy," says Paula Lambert, founder of Mozzarella Company in Dallas.

Yield: 4 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 (11-ounce) log fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 bunch watercress, trimmed
  • 1/2 head Bibb lettuce, torn
  • 1 small head radicchio, torn
  • Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs

Preparation

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; remove from heat, and cool.
  2. Cut cheese log into 8 rounds, and place rounds on a plate; drizzle with oil mixture. Let stand 30 minutes.
  3. Pour oil from cheese into a bowl; discard herbs. Refrigerate cheese rounds 15 minutes or until firm.
  4. Add mustard and next 3 ingredients to oil, stirring with a whisk.
  5. Coat cheese with breadcrumbs; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes; set aside.
  6. Combine greens in a bowl; drizzle with oil mixture, tossing to coat. Place on plates; top each with 2 cheese rounds. Garnish, if desired.
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