For the dressing:


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons finely minced red onion

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon 

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

3/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel


For the baked goat cheese:

 

1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Breadcrumbs, seasoned with salt and pepper

1 11-ounce log goat cheese, frozen for 20-25 minutes


For the salad:

 

1 cup cherries, pitted and halved

Mixed baby greens (the dressing makes enough to dress 2-3 starter-sized salads, so eyeball the appropriate amount of lettuce)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients, season with salt and pepper, and set aside. 


Pour breadcrumbs onto a shallow plate. Slice the log of goat cheese crosswise into 6 equal pieces. Dip each piece of goat cheese into the egg mixture, and then into the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the crumbs into the goat cheese to form a crust. Place goat cheese rounds on a parchment lined baking sheet, and spray tops of goat cheese lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes. 


While the goat cheese is baking, dress the salad, and top with halved cherries. Serve immediately with the warm goat cheese.