This simple goat cheese salad is a delicious and refreshing way to enjoy the flavors of summer. The combination of juicy tomatoes, salty black olives, and creamy goat cheese is simply irresistible. This salad is also easy to make, making it a great option for a quick, easy weeknight meal.
How pretty is this salad? Christmas in the spring! Simple, delicious, and effortless! Grapevine Tomatoes, black olives, goat cheese and chopped parsley. And what’s the vinaigrette? How about nothing?
Grapevine tomatoes are very juicy and delicious. I used them in salads and cooked meals. I prefer to use them when a recipe requires tomatoes, even when I don’t want to use tomato paste.
Black olives, this is just by choice. But I think the slices add more contrast than green olives. As far as goat cheese, that is also a preferred option. I usually prefer my salad with blue cheese because I like the tartiness of the cheese. I am not a huge fan of goat cheese, but if you find a good one stick to the brand.
What is Goat Cheese
Goat cheese, also known as chèvre, is a type of cheese made from the milk of goats. It is a soft cheese with a tangy flavor that is often used in salads, appetizers, and desserts. Goat cheese is a good protein, calcium, and other nutrients source.
Goat cheese is made in a variety of ways, but the basic process is the same. The goat’s milk is first pasteurized to kill any harmful bacteria. Then, a starter culture is added to the milk to begin the fermentation process. Once the milk has fermented, rennet is added to coagulate the milk proteins. The curds are then separated from the whey and pressed into molds. The cheese is then aged for a period of time, depending on the desired flavor.
Goat cheese can be eaten fresh or aged. Fresh goat cheese is soft and has a mild flavor. Aged goat cheese is harder and has a more pronounced flavor. Goat cheese can be eaten on its own or used in various dishes. It is a popular ingredient in salads, appetizers, and desserts.
Goat cheese is a good protein, calcium, and other nutrients source. It is also a good source of probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that can help improve gut health. Goat cheese is a healthy and versatile cheese that can be enjoyed in various ways.
Here are some of the health benefits of goat cheese:
- High in protein: Goat cheese is a good source of protein, which is essential for building and repairing muscle tissue.
- High in calcium: Goat cheese is a good source of calcium, which is important for strong bones and teeth.
- High in probiotics: Goat cheese is a good source of probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that can help improve gut health.
- Low in lactose: Goat cheese is lower in lactose than cow’s milk, making it a good choice for people who are lactose intolerant.
If you want healthy and delicious cheese to add to your diet, goat cheese is a great option.
How to make the Goat cheese salad
Ingredients for the goat cheese salad:
- Grapevine Tomatoes, Campari or cherry tomatoes
- black olives, pitted, preferably
- Crumbled goat cheese: work better for salad
- Chopped fresh basil: use fresh if you can. You can also substitute it with parsley.
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar: aged, preferably
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Arrange tomatoes on a large plate or bowl, topped with olives, goat cheese, and basil.
- Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad.
- Serve immediately.
Notes and tips for this goat cheese salad
- For a more flavorful goat cheese salad, use a variety of tomatoes, such as heirloom, grape, and Roma tomatoes.
- You can substitute feta cheese or mozzarella cheese if you don’t have goat cheese.
- Add some protein to your goat cheese salad by adding grilled chicken, grilled or air fryer shrimp, or hard-boiled eggs.
- Serve your salad with crusty bread or crackers for a complete meal.
This simple goat cheese salad is a delicious and refreshing way to enjoy the flavors of summer. It’s easy to make and can be customized to your liking. So next time you’re looking for a quick and easy meal, try this salad.
Let me know if you ever tried them so we can share our opinions and experiences.
- 3 medium Grapevine Tomatoes 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved or campari or heirloom tomatos
- 1/2 cup black olives pitted
- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil optional
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- On a large bowl, arrange tomato slices, olives, and crumble cheese over.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad
- Serve immediately.
- For a more flavorful salad, use a variety of tomatoes, such as heirloom tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and Roma tomatoes.
- If you don’t have goat cheese, you can substitute feta cheese or mozzarella cheese.
- Add some protein to your salad by adding grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, or hard-boiled eggs.
- Serve your salad with a side of crusty bread or crackers for a complete meal.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.
Nutrition info is automatically generated and provided as a courtesy and as an estimate only.
Always choose ingredients without corn or corn derivatives.
Originally published April 16, 2015. Updated and republished.