Goat cheese salad is a staple of Parisian cafés. It is one of these everyday salads that you find everywhere. Though there are some variations on what the salad contains, all goat cheese salads include warm goat cheese, usually on toasted bread. It is the combination of fresh cold greens with warm goat cheese that makes this salad a really special treat.
My Goat Cheese Salad Recipe
Though you can use any toasted bread, I prefer using slices of fresh baguette. I particularly like Trader Joe’s baguette. I also make my own homemade French baguette (recipe here- if you are gluten-free, I have a gluten-free recipe here).
Preheat the oven to broil. Cut 3 slices of baguette. Spread goat cheese on each slice, and add a drop of olive oil on the cheese. Sprinkle with herbes de provence. Place the baguette slices on a baking pan covered with parchment paper.
While you are waiting for the oven to warm up, place the arugula on a plate with the cherry tomatoes, the walnuts, and the basil leaves cut in small pieces.
Prepare the dressing. I a small bowl, mix one tablespoon olive oil with 1/2 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Drizzle on the salad (or keep the dressing on the side if you prefer).
Place the baguette slices in the oven on broil for 2–3 minutes (keep an eye on it to ensure it does not burn).
Place the slices of warm goat cheese on the salad. Eat immediately while the goat cheese is still warm. Enjoy!