Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Goats Cheese and Walnut Salad for Grown Ups

This is only for adults or at least kids old enough to eat whole nuts.  I make no apology for making a recipe which is not suitable for preschoolers as this is a genuine start to end 10 minute dish.

When you've just had a bath meltdown, a reading meltdown, a bed meltdown, sometimes you want to cook something quick for the adults.  It's great to have a healthy recipe up your sleeve as it's easy for quick = trash when you're a busy mum.

I've been making this recipe for maybe six years but until today it had not occurred to me to blog it.

Goats Cheese and Walnut Salad - serves 2 adults


Approx 130g Baby spinach leaves
Approx 6 small ripe tomatoes
Approx 180g Goats cheese with rind, I used chevre blanc
A large handful of walnut pieces


2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 - 1 tsp grain mustard


Rinse the spinach leaves if not pre washed.  Rinse and cut the tomatoes in half.  Plate up the spinach and tomatoes.  Shake together the oil, vinegar and mustard.

Heat up a grill (a top down grill not a grill pan) and put the slices of goats cheese on a non stick tray and grill until browned.  Keep an eye on it.  When the cheese is browned, take it out from under the grill and leave for a few minutes.  Heat the walnuts through in a frying pan for a couple of minutes until smelling nutty.  Keep them moving now and again.  While the nuts are warming through, use a spatula or fish slice to carefully scoop up each cheesy circle onto the top of the salad (they will be delicate).  Put the nuts on top and drizzle over as much of the dressing as you fancy.

Done.  10 mins max, simple ingredients, delicious result!  Let the evening begin!

I've linked this up to the weekend pot luck here and tasty tuesday here.


  1. Looks wonderful and as per the recipe - delicious!
    My kind of salad :)

    1. It's very easy. Don't know why I didn't think of writing it up before!

  2. This looks great...thanks again for linking up :)

  3. Oh this looks lovely. My Husband doesn't like goats cheese but i love it. may be I'll make this for me and he can have fishfingers...

    1. Ha ha! Well it's quicker to make than to cook some fish fingers anyway!

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