Blue Diamond Almonds | Easy Summer Salad

by jessica on July 29, 2014

I love summer so much – grilling out, beach days, patio drinking, impromptu cookouts…

Summer is just the best. That is until those impromptu cookouts end up at your house and you have little to no food in your house. Do olives count as a side dish?

Luckily for me, I always have roasted beets (best veg in my humble opinion), almonds, and cheese. With those three ingredients you can not only make a great salad, but it’s gonna look fancy. Your friends are going to think you are the hostess with the mostess.

20140729-191632-69392972.jpg

I suppose you could use any almonds, but I really love these rosemary black pepper flavor from Blue Diamond.

Almond Crusted Goat Cheese:

  • 1 4oz. package of plain goat cheese, room temp
  • 1 cup of chopped rosemary black pepper almonds
  • Salad fixings of your choice

In a small bowl stir up the goat cheese. You want it to be very soft so that you can form it into balls. In a separate small bowl, add the chopped almonds. Using a cookie scooper, scoop up some goat cheese and place it in the bowl of almonds.

20140729-192345-69825288.jpg

Roll the goat cheese around in the almonds to evenly coat. Seriously, use a cookie scoop. Goat cheese is not easy to work with so hand rolling is a pain.

Four ounces of goat cheese makes 6 balls. Store any extras in the fridge. They keep for a couple of days, but are best when fresh.

20140729-192653-70013796.jpg

That’s one fancy salad.

Full disclosure: Blue Diamond sent me the almonds to blog about, but all opinions are my own.

{ 0 comments }

Baked Rhubarb Oatmeal

July 19, 2014

I’m trying really hard to be healthy lately. All I want these days are tacos, cocktails, and ice cream. I blame it on summer, but I really need to get my act together. With all of this amazing summer produce it isn’t very hard to eat healthy. I’m running out of excuses to live on […]

Read the full article →

We have cronuts.

July 19, 2014

Summer Saturdays are my favorite. I get to teach yoga, go for brunch, and walk the farmers market. Beloit has a wonderful farmers market. There’s always lots of organic produce, fresh eggs, honey, and baked goods. This week that baked goods category stepped up their game – cronuts. Yes, Beloit now has cronuts, and I […]

Read the full article →

I’m back. I brought trail mix.

July 2, 2014

So June is over…not really sure how that happened! This has to be a first for the blog. A whole month without a single post? I would like to tell you that I’m embarrassed or sorry or sad that I didn’t blog even once in June, but I don’t like to tell lies. Sure I […]

Read the full article →

Your Cocktail Needs This

May 28, 2014

Rhubarb syrup. Yes, rhubarb. Add a little to prosecco. Add some to your vodka. It’s pretty much the most useful thing I made last weekend. Rhubarb Syrup: 6 ounces of chopped rhubarb 1 cup of granulated sugar 1 cup of water I used a kitchen scale to weigh out the rhubarb, but I then measured it […]

Read the full article →