Breaded Goat Cheese Salad with Dried Fruit and Pomegranate. And Cheesy Giveaway Part 2!

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on October 22, 2009

This giveaway has ended. Winner announced here.

  goat-cheese-pomegranate-dried-fruit-salad3 I have a great giveaway for your from Chavrie cheese! You can win an amazing fall entertaining set worth $100! All you have to do is comment to enter the giveaway. One randomly picked winner will get a beautiful bread board, $50 cooking.com gift certificate, goat cheese coupons and more!

But first, here is a quick and easy goat cheese salad for you. Crisp romaine, soft goat cheese with bits of dried fruit and crystallized ginger, fresh pomegranate seeds…all served with some oil and vinegar on the side. Simple to make, but tastes so gourmet! I love the crystallized ginger with the goat cheese and could eat that all by itself :)

You may want to see my post on how to open a pomegranate without making a mess

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chavrie-goat-cheese Breaded Goat Cheese Salad with Dried Fruit and Pomegranate Recipe
serves 1 as an entree

4 tbsp bread crumbs, I used italian herb and garlic flavored bread crumbs
3 heaping tbsp goat cheese
1/2 tbsp chopped dried fruit, I used dried apricots and crystallized ginger
3 large romaine leaves, torn into pieces
2 tbsp fresh pomegranate seeds
Salt and pepper
Olive oil and red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar to serve on the side as dressing.

Place the bread crumbs in a small skillet and toast on low heat till bread crumbs are lightly browned. Turn off heat. Mix goat cheese (make sure its cold) with chopped dried fruit. Take 1 heaping tbsp of the goat cheese mixture. Using your fingers form the goat cheese into a ball and then flatten it into a disc. Gently press the goat cheese disc into the toasted bread crumbs. Make sure all sides are coated. Repeat with the remaining goat cheese and bread crumbs. You should have 3 breaded goat cheese discs.

Place the torn romaine lettuce in a plate. Arrange the goat cheese discs on top. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, salt and pepper. Serve oil and vinegar on the side for dressing the salad.
 

Cheesy Giveaway Part 2! Win this bread board with dip bowl and much more!

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Win a Gourmet Fall Entertaining Set (Value $100)One lucky winner will get:

-Williams-Sonoma Cherry Wood Bread Board with Dip Bowl (in the photo above)
-Dried fruits
-Crystallized Ginger
-Chavrie Coupons – Free Cheese, of course!
-Cooking.com Gift Certificate for $50.00
-Chavrie recipe cards (dips, quick tips and wine suggestions)

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How to enter

-leave a comment here

To increase your chances of winning, also do one or more of the following. You will be counted as many times!

-blog about this giveaway on your blog and link to this post

-use the ‘share’ button below to share this post with friends

-tweet about this giveaway

US residents only please!
Contest ends Thursday, Oct 29th 11.30pm EST
One random winner will be announced on the 30th!

 

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1 jill October 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Oh my god that looks so delicious! I LOVE goat cheese!

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Brandy Reply:

This salad looks fantastic! I just made an asparagus soup with chevrie a few weekends ago from a recipe on their website and it was awesome! Can’t wait to give this a try :)

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2 Doren From Virginia October 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I would love to try this cheese with cranberries.
I think stuffing figs with this cheese and drizzling with some honey would also be a nice appetizer.
Love the bread board. I missed the last give a way…but I’ll keep visiting your site cause your recipes are delish.

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3 Esi October 22, 2009 at 6:21 pm

That salad is gorgeous. I love how pom seeds make any dish look just amazing!

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4 Soma October 22, 2009 at 6:31 pm

love the ginger & the pomegranate part of the salad.

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

@Soma, the ginger tastes really good with the goat cheese!

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5 Sonu October 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Feast for eyes! :)

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6 Chakh...le...Re!!! October 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm

OMG!! That salad looks so great.
And I just love that tray…its simply gorgeous!!

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7 Anh October 22, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I really like the idea of baked goast cheese. Sound extremely tasty!

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8 Alyssa October 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm

I had a similar salad this evening but with baby spinach and halved almonds. I love goat cheese and ginger. Such a powerful pairing.

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

@Alyssa, oooh! spinach and almonds sound so good!

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9 Jyoti October 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Looks delicious! I love goat cheese with dried fruit…must try this.

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10 Shriya October 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Been to your blog a couple of times but never commented. Your presentation and photos are amazing. The baked cheese looks very appetizing.
And the giveaway is very tempting :)

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11 Cham October 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Breaded cheese ah that look like nuggets!

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12 nags October 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm

i was getting all excited until i reached the last part about the US residents only!

sigh..

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

sorry nags :( you need to move to the US (think kitchenaid, rebel and giveaway :)

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13 Manasi October 23, 2009 at 12:50 am

We recently tried goat cheese and liked it.. but this is gorgeous!!
I did wonder what would go well with goat cheese and lo! I have my answer, ginger!! I would never have thought of that!
The pom seeds make it look so colorful! Too good!

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14 Rosa October 23, 2009 at 2:17 am

A scrumptious combination! That salad looks really tasty!

Cheers,

Rosa

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15 shaz October 23, 2009 at 7:03 am

Beautiful salad. Lovely pomegranates. Pity I can’t go in the draw, ah well…I can enjoy looking anyway:)

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16 a2zvegetariancuisine October 23, 2009 at 8:52 am

Looks lovely, such a beautiful click.

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17 Nancy October 23, 2009 at 9:50 am

That looks really good! I have always had goat cheese cold so I will see how I like it with a warm breaded topping.

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

@Nancy, actually the cheese doesnt get hot. its only the read crumbs that are heated. you only roll the cold cheese in the bread crumbs! i found this easier than breading the ‘proper’ way and its so much easier to work with cold goat cheese! holds its shape!

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18 Jennifer E October 23, 2009 at 10:16 am

Seriously cannot wait to make this. I just bought two pomegranates and was trying to find different ways to use them.

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19 Kelli October 23, 2009 at 10:43 am

This looks so good! I love goat cheese. I just discovered your site and will be adding it to my google reader!

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20 Danielle October 23, 2009 at 10:44 am

Yum! I love goat cheese any way you give it to me but I love little medallions like these on salads. Thanks for the reminder. I’m going to have to add them to my menu for next week!

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21 Molly October 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I just started adding pomegranates to salads recently. I saw one at our local co-op at the check-out counter and decided to give it a whirl….but I couldn’t get the seeds out without them flying all over my kitchen. Oh well, they tasted great once they made it in the salad.

Recently I’ve been loving Boston butter lettuce topped with some arugula and goat cheese and mango. There’s something about the mildness of the butter lettuce combined with the spiciness of the arugula and the creaminess of the cheese. Yum! Thanks for the new recipe ideas!

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

@Molly, then this post is just for you!

How to open a pomegranate without making a mess: http://www.veggiebelly.com/2009/10/open-pomegranate.html

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22 Carolyn October 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm

wow, this looks yummy!!!! I just happen to see one of your posts on foodgawker. SOOO glad i did!! You’re recipes look delicious.

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23 Bethany October 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I love the idea of pomegranate! I wouldn’t have thought of that, THANKS!

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24 lo October 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I love frying goat cheese for salads to serve to guests around the holidays — so delicious. Simple, yet impressive. Love the combo here particularly!

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25 Tessa October 23, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Ohhh. Love the idea above – am thinking of a riff on the salad with cranberries – would be yummy addition to holiday meal…

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26 Amy October 23, 2009 at 1:33 pm

I love goat cheese but have never breaded it. Looks great!

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27 Ashlee October 23, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Yummy!

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28 ARP October 23, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I LOVE Williams-Sanoma!

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29 Jennifer October 23, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Goat cheese is my absolute FAVORITE cheese! The salad looks absolutely delicious!

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30 Natalie October 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm

mmm goat cheese. That salad looks delicious!!

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31 Lili October 23, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I’ve eaten this dish at restaurants, and never knew it was this simple to make…thanks!

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32 Emily McCoy October 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I never used to be much of a cheese fan. I loved feta, but could pass on everything else… that was until I tried goat cheese! I’m now a total fan, plus it has inspired me to branch out and retry cheeses I had dismissed in the past!

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33 Abby October 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Goat cheese is my crack, and my dog’s crack and my cat’s crack… really I don’t know anyone in the house who doesn’t love that stuff. The turtles might not. I’ll ask them tonight.

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34 Taylor October 23, 2009 at 2:36 pm

goat cheese with homemade cranberry sauceeeeeeeeeee!

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35 Holly October 23, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I love goat cheese. Thanks for the recipe!

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36 Aparna Kothary October 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm

This looks delicious! I just bought some goat cheese so maybe I will try this.

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37 Ali October 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Mmmm… breaded cheese.

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38 Jessica October 23, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Your salad looks so beautiful! I love the splash of color the pomegranate gives it.

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39 Jackie October 23, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Yummy

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40 Elizabeth October 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Oh, yum! I will be trying this salad very soon.

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41 Tammy S October 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Can’t wait to try this! Looks delicious – thanks for the recipe.

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42 Mandee Jo October 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm

I’m glad I found your site, I’m always trying to cook more vegetarian meals for my fiance and I. I’ve gradually been changing him from a not so healthy diet to a healthy diet and he hasn’t complained once yet :) There is hope.

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43 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm

That salad looks amazing! Sadly I don’t qualify but the bread board is so cute! I’d love to find something similar here :)

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44 carmen October 23, 2009 at 4:46 pm

love cheese – gorgeous cheeseboard!

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45 Amy October 23, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I love goat cheese–with pomegranates the salad sounds amazing–glad you put that video up about seeding pomegranates–I always make a HUGE mess!

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46 Smitha Rao October 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Hey Sala, I happened to stumble upon your blog and guess what i discovered, a give away post :) Its nice to participate in something like this. I really liked your pics sala. You come across to be a very creative person. Good job/info on your blog. I like the how to very much…i am a big promo fan and you did make my life easy ;)

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47 Mrs. Mordecai October 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I’ve never tried goat cheese. I wonder if my store has it? I’ll have to look. :)

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48 Kristy October 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm

My mouth is watering!!! I am a cheesaholic!

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49 erin October 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I had bread and triple cream cheese this morning – it was delicious, but a proper bread board would have been a fantastic detail!

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50 mistersykes October 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm

That looks AMAZING. Goat cheese is the best!

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51 Huy October 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Those bread pieces look delicious.

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52 Mo Barger October 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm

That salad looks absolutely amazing!

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53 Jill October 23, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Mmmm, goat cheese! Love the bread board too!

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54 Nichole October 23, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I would have never thought to open a pomegranate under water. Also, the salad looks quite tasty!

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55 laurel October 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm

i love goat cheese!! I am about to tweet this giveaway as well :)

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56 lauren michele October 23, 2009 at 6:10 pm

i’ve been similarily obsessed with goat cheese! i’ll have to try this – it looks delicious.

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57 Jean Badgley October 23, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Goat cheese and pomegranate …a great combination!!!

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58 Alana October 23, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Oh why did I have to pick the lactose intolerant boyfriend? I looove goat cheese! and cheese in general.

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

@Alana, a lactose intolerant boyfriend means you dont have to share your goat cheese!

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59 lisaiscooking October 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Your goat cheese salad sounds great with the pomegranate seeds!

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60 Anne October 23, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I’ve been eating a lot of goat cheese lately, too – it’s especially good all melty on top of a pizza! And that bread board is super pretty. :)

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61 Alina October 23, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Love cheese!

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62 Leah October 23, 2009 at 7:57 pm

ah that’s the goat cheese of my childhood!
so very good :-)

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63 amy October 23, 2009 at 7:58 pm

sounds so delicious – and your pictures are great!

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64 Rachael October 23, 2009 at 8:42 pm

mmm, goat cheese. It has become a passion of mine recently. So, so, delicious!

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65 Deb October 23, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Love love goat cheese!

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66 molly October 23, 2009 at 9:18 pm

I love goat cheese but I’m a college student on a very limited grocery budget so I don’t get to indulge very often!

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67 molly October 23, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I love goat cheese the most!

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68 Ted October 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm

I adore goats cheese, but I am moving to a gluten free diet, so when it comes to break, I am trying to make some delicious gluten free loaves.

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69 gingergene October 23, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Great Recipe!

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70 Denise October 23, 2009 at 11:47 pm

What an interesting method of presenting goat cheese in a salad – I’m definitely going to give this a try! Very glad to have found your blog.

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71 Kelly October 24, 2009 at 1:12 am

I love goat cheese and pomagranates…I will definately have to make this salad!

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72 Arch October 24, 2009 at 1:30 am

Yummy food! I loooooove cheese in any avtar..

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73 Jessica Cook October 24, 2009 at 8:06 am

Yay, comment!

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74 Maggie October 24, 2009 at 10:41 am

MMMMM cheese. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

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75 annette October 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Great find! I was looking for new way to use crystallized ginger…and I love goat cheese!
Can’t wait to try this! Also, removing pomegranate seeds under water is going to make
cleaner work of my Thanksgiving pomegranate salad! Thanks, pictures are great.

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76 Jessica October 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Oh, I like that these goat cheese rounds aren’t fried like some I’ve had, but should have a similar texture and flavor due to the toasted bread crumbs.

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77 Alana F October 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Ooh I want to enter! I adore goat cheese. I have a really small grocery budget but sometimes I’ll splurge and buy goat cheese. It’s so soft and yum. Interesting to see another Alana commented — I don’t know many others :)

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78 Vicki October 24, 2009 at 5:39 pm

The salad looks delicious. I love goat cheese.

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79 shweta October 24, 2009 at 6:39 pm

goat cheese is one of my favs! will definitely give this a shot for my upcoming wine and cheese parties..and i posted a link to your pom opening for one my recipes that call for pom – great water trick!

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80 Cortney October 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm

This looks deeelicious! I love the goat cheese paired with the pomegranates. I can’t wait to try this with a nice bottle of wine. Thanks so much!

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81 Aarthi October 24, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Great !! Love the goat cheese..

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82 RF October 25, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Oh this recipe looks delicious! I love goat cheese, but I have never tried it paired with pomegranates.

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83 Kerri October 26, 2009 at 9:22 am

This dip looks really good! FYI just because someone is lactose intolerant doesn’t necessarily mean that they cannot eat goat cheese. I am super lactose intolerant of COW’s milk and normal cheeses BUT I can eat goat cheese all I want… and I do!

P.S. your pics are looking GREAT by the way ;-)

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84 beth October 26, 2009 at 10:54 am

my mouth is watering, thinking about the cheese, and the delicious-looking bread pieces…groan…

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85 theCook October 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm

it’s fun, in France we have the brand “Chavroux” for goat cheese, with quite the same packaging… wonder if it’s a renaming of the same brand, or just two different brands?

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86 Beverly Casteel October 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

WOW I would love to win this.The salad looks so good.Thanks for the chance to win it.

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87 Beverly Casteel October 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm
88 Olga October 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm

tried leaving a comment but it did not work.
will try again :)
Such a generous give-away and gorgeous loooking food.

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89 Kathryn October 27, 2009 at 12:40 am

Wow! I just stumbled on this post while searching for what to do with all my pomegranates… but the whole site looks great and I’m definitely bookmarking it! And I am so making this salad this week!

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90 brandy October 28, 2009 at 3:17 pm

I have recently discovered the joys of goat cheese. I LOVE this board – Although, I am a sucker for kitchen stuffs

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91 Manasi October 28, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Wonder where my comment disappeared :( (
Anyway… the thing is just a few days ago we tried goat cheese for the first time and had no idea what to pair it with .. ur post helps!

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92 Margot November 13, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Beautiful salad, just linked to it in my “pomegaranate” post on Coffee & Vanilla blog ;)

Enjoy your day, Margot

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Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

@Margot, thanks!

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