I’ve mentioned before that there is no room in my mini fridge for one-time use items. That is what makes my recent impulse buy somewhat surprising. I usually try to buy the least expensive items I can, as long as it doesn’t make me skimp on quality too much. I’m also very picky.
And yet I bought goat cheese anyway.
I was trying to think of something interesting to put on top of a salad. I was sick of my usual bagged American blend and ranch dressing. So when my boyfriend picked up a container of goat cheese and said, “this looks kinda classy” I decided to buy it.
I love the show Chopped on Food Network. Enough that I had a dream that I was on the show and got chopped after making a barbecue potato chip encrusted chicken with a spinach salad. My boyfriend will name off ingredients and I have to say how I would put it together if I were on the show: Okay, you have tilapia, rice cereal, cherries, and serrano peppers for a main dish. What would you make?
I’m not sure that we ever really know if what we make up would actually taste good. But we get a lot of entertainment out of it.
Anyway, I see goat cheese used a lot on Food Network, but I’ve never actually tried it. I decided goat cheese would be my secret ingredient for the night. I put it together in a salad with some other toppings I had on hand. The end result was extremely satisfying and made me feel like I was in a nice restaurant, not sitting on the floor in my dorm eating from a plastic bowl. And I think a fancy feeling yet extremely easy recipe is something everyone needs once in a while.
My “Chopped” Salad–for two servings
1/2 an apple, chopped (I used a pink lady apple)
a handful of pistachios (no shell), chopped
a handful of goat cheese crumbles
Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy your fresh, delicious salad.