Warm Goat Cheese on Mixed Greens

This makes a fantastic fall lunch or an impressive starter salad when entertaining.

Serves 4


  • 6-8 cups mixed greens

  • 6-8 ounces goat cheese

  • ¼ cup bread crumbs mixed with fresh herbs, salt and pepper

For the dressing:

  • 5-6 T olive oil

  • 2 T red wine vinegar

  • ½ small clove garlic, pressed

  • Pinch salt

  • Pinch sugar

  • Freshly ground black pepper

Also Wik (Optional):

  • 2 beets, roasted, peeled and sliced

  • 1-2 ripe pears, quartered, cored and sliced

  • Roasted walnuts or pecans


Preheat toaster oven to 350°

In a small bowl combine breadcrumbs, salt and pepper and some chopped fresh herbs if you have them.

Portion goat cheese and flatten into a disc.

Coat the goat cheese rounds in breadcrumbs and place on a baking tray (or refrigerate for later use).

Bake for 10-12 minutes. If using nuts, roast them now for 3-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine dressing ingredients.

Peel and slice beets or pear.

Remove goat cheese rounds from oven and reserve.

Toss greens in dressing and portion evenly among four plates.

Add beet or pear slices to each plate and scatter roasted nuts.

Add the goat cheese to each plate and serve immediately.