Wednesday, March 14, 2012

White Bean Salad with Oven-Rosted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Some days, simple is best.   When using high quality ingredients, properly balanced, you really don't need much to really make a dish shine.  With sweet oven-roasted tomatoes, creamy, tangy goat cheese, and peppery arugula, you've got everything you could need for a perfect salad.  The only downside to this salad is trying not to eat all the roasted tomatoes before they can make it onto the plate!

Salad with Oven-Rosted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
seen on Pink Parsley
inspiration from Heidi Swanson, Super Natural Everyday

1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
1 TBSP sugar
salt and black pepper
4 c. (2 15-oz. cans) cooked cannellini beans
1/3 c. toasted pine nuts
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 c. crumbled goat cheese
arugula, for serving (optional) 

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and position the rack in the top third of the oven.  Halve each tomato and place them cut-side up on a rimmed baking sheet.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  Pour over the tomatoes and top with cracked black pepper.  Cook 45 to 60 minutes, or until the tomatoes shrink a little bit and start to caramelize around the edges.  Allow to cool to room temperature before using.  The tomatoes can be refrigerated in an airtight container (with their oil) for about 1 week.

2.  To make the salad, combine the beans, most of the tomatoes (with their oil), pine nuts, 1/4 tsp. salt, lemon zest, and lemon juice.  Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.  

3.  Gently fold in the goat cheese, and top the salad with the rest of the tomatoes and some fresh black pepper before serving.  Serves 4.


Anonymous said...

I love your simple salad! But I do have a thing for goat cheese.

ErinsFoodFiles said...

Oh yes, this looks PHENOMENAL! I will definitely be making this soon!

Josie said...

It really is such a simple and lovely salad. Beautiful picture, too, Kelsey!

USA Kiwi (Kylee) said...

That looks and sounds absolutely heavenly! I've starred this one. Salad season is upon us... and that one would work as an entree (those beans beef it up a notch!)

Krissy said...

I need this in my life very soon!

Jessica said...

This is one of those recipes that makes me want to say, "You had me at hello." Beans? Roasted Tomatoes? Goat Cheese? Where do I sign up? :)