Easy and flavorful marinated tomatoes combine with leafy greens, soft goat cheese and toasted almond slices to create an unforgettable summertime salad.
Why This Recipe Works
- The tomatoes marinate in a tasty vinaigrette for 20-30 minutes before being tossed with the remaining salad ingredients.
- Creamy goat cheese and toasted almonds bring the perfect amount of richness and satisfying crunch to this simple salad.
The Story Behind This Recipe
This salad was inspired by Beatrice Ojakangas's Herb-Marinated Swedish Goat Cheese and Tomato Salad recipe from the book Scandinavian Feasts. The original calls for a white Swedish goat cheese called Getost. This version uses a soft chèvre-style of goat cheese which is available in most grocery stores and also adds sliced toasted almonds for crunch.
- Marinated Garden Tomatoes.....thick slices of ripe tomatoes tossed in a simple vinaigrette with mustard, garlic and fresh parsley. This recipe forms the base of the salad.
- Lettuce greens provide color and a leafy quality to the salad.
- Sliced almonds bring a satisfying crunch.
- Creamy fresh goat cheese finishes everything off with a tangy richness.
How To Make This Recipe
- Make a batch of Marinated Garden Tomatoes (find the recipe here). Be sure to use the best tomatoes you can find!
- Toast the almond slices in a skillet with a little olive oil and salt.
- Arrange the tomatoes and their juices on a serving platter and gently toss with a few handfuls of lettuce greens.
- Sprinkle the toasted almonds and goat cheese crumbles over the top. Serve immediately!
This recipe is all about the tomatoes. Make sure yours are ripe and preferably from a local source such as your garden or a nearby farm stand or farmer's market.
The Marinated Garden Tomatoes can be made a few hours ahead of time. If you plan to make them more than an hour before assembling the salad, cover the tomatoes with plastic wrap and transfer them to the refrigerator until you are ready to prepare the salad. Take them out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving so they have a chance to return to room temperature. The almonds can be toasted up to a day in advance. Store them in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.
Absolutely! Either skip the goat cheese altogether or substitute a similar vegan cheese instead.
Looking for more Scandinavian-inspired salads? Give these a try:
Swedish Marinated Tomato and Goat Cheese Salad
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ⅓ cup sliced almonds
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 batch of Marinated Summer Tomatoes
- 3-4 cups mixed greens
- 4 ounces soft goat cheese
- Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add almonds and a pinch of coarse salt. Cook until almonds are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
- Arrange the marinated tomatoes on a large serving platter with their juices. Toss gently with the lettuce greens. Scatter the goat cheese and toasted almonds over the top. Serve.
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