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Bistro Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

Featured in our 2018 Easter Guide
Scott Phillips

Servings: four.

I like a combination of butter lettuce and a few different-colored loose-leaf lettuces for this salad. You’ll notice I call for “handfuls” of lettuce, as this is the way I make salad at home, and it’s a good practice to learn to eyeball the right size salad. If you like, you can substitute walnuts for the hazelnuts and walnut oil for the hazelnut oil.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts (skinned, if you like)
  • 1/4-lb. log fresh goat cheese
  • 1 Tbs. sherry vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. hazelnut oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 generous loose handfuls of small lettuce leaves (or large ones torn up) from a variety (three is nice) of loose-leaf and butter lettuces (about 6 lightly packed cups), washed and thoroughly dried

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 300
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 250
  • Fat (g): 28
  • Saturated Fat (g): 7
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 16
  • Cholesterol (mg): 20
  • Sodium (mg): 410
  • Carbohydrates (g): 6
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 10


  • Heat the oven to 400°F and lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Roughly chop half of the hazelnuts and finely chop the other half. Slice the goat cheese into four equal portions (if the slices crumble a bit, simply pat the cheese back together into a sort of patty). Press the finely chopped hazelnuts into the cheese rounds to coat them on all sides. Set the rounds on the baking sheet and bake until heated, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, oil, a big pinch of salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings. When the cheese is ready, toss the lettuce with the dressing in a large bowl until the leaves are evenly coated. Mound the lettuce on individual plates, top with a round of warm goat cheese, and scatter the nuts all over.


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  • Chester1919 | 01/07/2015

    This is a delicious and easy. It's nice for company or a family dinner. We use walnuts and walnut oil instead of the hazelnuts and I plan on two cheese rounds per person instead of one.

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