Monday, July 23, 2007

Farmer's Market Salad

This recipe comes from the August edition of Bon Appetit and was great for using all the produce I received this week. It was very healthy and tasted great. Awesome served with crusty bread.

Farmers Market Salad with Spiced Goat's Cheese Rounds
(Serves 4)

goat cheese rounds
2 tbs sesame seeds
2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1/4 tsp coarse kosher salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
16 1/3" thick rounds of goats cheese (from an 11oz log)
2 tbs red wine vinegar
1 shallot, minced
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp dijon mustard
5 tbs olive oil
1lb baby new potatoes, halved
1lb green beans
8 cups mixed salad greens
1/3 cup small fresh basil leaves
12oz assorted small tomatoes
1/2 up black olives (such as Nicoise)

1. For goat's cheese rounds, line baking sheet with waxed paper and mix first 6 ingredients in a shallow bowl. Dip cut sides of goat cheese rounds into spice mixture to coat. Place on prepared baking sheet and chill until ready to serve. Can be made 1 day ahead.

2. For the vinaigrette, whisk first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper.

3. For the salad, steam the potatoes until just tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cool. Steam green beans until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Rinse under cold water, drain and pat dry with paper towels. Combine greens and basil in a large bowel. Add enough vinaigrette to coat and lightly toss. Arrange on a platter. Add potatoes and green beans to same bowl, add remaining dressing and toss. Arrange potatoes and beans atop greens, scatter tomatoes and olives over and surround with goat cheese rounds.


jennbecluv said...

Hey Brooke! Lovin' the goat cheese crush you've got going. :) I'm right there with you.

BC said...

Yum, this looks delicious. I love goat cheese too and just had a fabulous goast cheese salad today.

Valli said...

I am loving everything about your blog so far. Excellent recipes and photos. It makes me want to go out and cook something fabulous, but it is still breakfast and I am not quite awake as yet. I am REALLY hungry now though!!!!