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Salads with Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese Recipe

Salads with Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese Recipe

Looking for something a little different for supper? “This vegetarian main-dish salad pairs walnuts, juicy oranges and tomatoes with warm, pistachio-crusted goat cheese medallions and a splash of vinaigrette,” says Gloria. Serve with a crusty loaf of French bread. Gloria Bradley - Naperville, IL
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 2 medium oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 tablespoons walnut or olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 log (4 ounces) fresh goat cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the orange juice, vinegar, orange peel, honey, salt, cumin and 5 tablespoons walnut oil. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Divide among four serving plates.
  • 2. Place pistachios in a food processor; cover and process until ground. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in bread crumbs. Cut goat cheese into four slices; brush slices with remaining oil. Coat in crumb mixture.
  • 3. In a small nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook cheese slices over medium heat for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place on salads. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 cups equals 424 calories, 36 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 508 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 11 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.