Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts

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Summer heirloom tomatoes served simply with crumbled goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, fresh herbs and olive oil makes a wonderful light meal or side dish.

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One of my favorite things about summer is how easy menu planning and meal prep is. The farmers markets and grocery stores are overflowing with fresh seasonal produce and on most nights, so is my kitchen counter. Choosing what to have for dinner is as easy as selecting a few ripe fruits and vegetables and throwing them together, with delicious results.

Heirloom tomatoes are arguably the best that summer has to offer and tomato salads like this one are making weekly (or more) appearances on our dinner table.

Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts | completelydelicious.com

This is really a non-recipe recipe. You can tailor this salad to meet your tastes and exact measurements aren’t important. While I absolutely love the combo of tomatoes and goat cheese, feel free to use fresh mozzarella if goat cheese isn’t your thing. And here I’ve used basil but oregano, chives, mint or a combination of all of the above is excellent too.

Just make sure that you stick to this essential salad equation— seasonal veggies and/or fruit + cheese + nuts. If you’d got all three, you’re going to have a killer salad. You can dress the salad with your favorite homemade or store-bought vinaigrette or simply use a quality olive oil.

Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts | completelydelicious.com

This salad needs no embellishment, it is perfection all on its own. However, if you’re looking to bulk it up or make it stretch farther to feed a crowd, feel free to add mixed greens, a grain like quinoa or farro, and proteins like grilled chicken or steak.

Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts | completelydelicious.com

Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts

A simple salad for summer! Serve it as a side dish or pair with crusty bread for a light main dish.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 log goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (35 grams) Diamond of California Pine Nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped herbs like basil, chives, oregano, etc.
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Arrange tomato slices on a large plate or platter. Top with crumbled goat cheese, olive oil, pine nuts and fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Note: To toast pine nuts, place in a small ungreased skillet set over medium low heat. Toast for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally so they don't burn. Let cool.

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