Warm Goat Cheese Salad with a Lemony Vinaigrette
In Provence, goats and sheep grazing in local fields is a common sight. During spring and fall, it is not unusual to cross a shepherd’s path with his herd (troupeau) and herding dogs. So, not surprisingly it’s easy to find goat cheese in local markets, and grocery stores. I prefer my goat cheese frais (fresh, not aged), as the cheese ages it gets shall we say a bit more “goaty” in both taste and smell.
Warm goat cheese salad or salade de chevre chaude appears on many restaurant menus, and it’s easy to recreate just follow the recipe below.
Chevre Chaud Salade with Lemon Vinaigrette
This salad is easy to prepare. Toast the pine nuts and make the dressing in advance so the final steps are just before serving.
Note: Pine nuts are delicate – keep your eye on them will you are pan roasting them so they don’t burn. If they are not available, toast some almond slivers as an alternative. Also, pine nuts can be very expensive in certain parts of the world so toasted almonds will also work with this recipe.