This delicious salad makes a wonderful lunch or light dinner.
I came up with this recipe on a night when my family was enjoying pasta with red sauce and I didn't want to feel completely left out.The roasted tomatoes and slightly strong goat cheese pair wonderfully together. Low carber or not, this salad is sure to please.
Broiled Tomato & Goat Cheese Salad
1 tomato (about the size of a baseball), cut into 4 slices
1/2 c. crumbled goat cheese
dried basil (you could definitely use fresh basil but I didn't have any on hand)
1/2 c. cooked and crumbled hot sausage
1 - 1 1/2 c. Italian salad blend lettuce
low carb vinaigrette* - recipe below
grated Parmesan cheese
Wash salad mix and set aside.
To make the low carb vinaigrette:
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1 packet Splenda
1 tsp. grainy brown mustard
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
Pour all ingredients into a salad dressing cup or a container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well. Pour over salad. Toss to mix. Set aside.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Lightly drizzle olive oil over the foil. Lay the slices of tomato on top of the olive oil. Lightly sprinkle some dried basil over the tops of the tomatoes. Flip the tomatoes over, drizzle with olive oil and dried basil.
Evenly divide the 1/2 c. of hot sausage over the tomatoes.
Sprinkle the goat cheese evenly over the sausage.
Heat the broiler to 450* Stick the pan under the broiler until the cheese has slightly browned - 5 to 8 minutes.
Serve tomatoes on top of salad greens. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the salad.