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Baked Goat Cheese Salad with Dates

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Spring Mix salad greens
  • 1/2 pkg. pea shoots*
  • 1/2 c. chopped dried dates
  • 1 c. walnuts toasted
  • 2-4 oz. pkg. traditional style goat cheese sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 c. panko break crumbs
  • 1/2 c. dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp. balsamic
  • 4 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • *Note-- if you can't find pea shoots try some other kind of shoots or sprouts or arugula.

Instructions

  1. Mix the panko and traditional bread crumbs together with the paprika. Cut the goat cheese in about 1/4" rounds. I like to do two rounds per salad. Press the goat cheese into all surfaces of the cheese. Put the cheese in a 350° oven for about 12-15 minutes to brown while you are preparing the rest of the salad.
  2. Mix the spring mix salad greens with the pea sprouts. You can either make this in a large bowl or individually plated salads. Add the chopped dates and toasted walnuts. Drizzle on some of the dressing and toss. Top each plate with two slices of baked goat cheese, add a little more dressing if needed. Try a drizzle of honey over the goat cheese if you have it.