Is fresh, what your taste-buds want? Cause’ my dish can crave them, Cherry Tomatoes joined with Giada de Laurentiis’ Herb Coated Goat Cheese crumbled and a Balsamic vinaigrette is a refreshment to your pallet.

1 c. Cherry tomatoes

about 1o Herb Goat Cheese, recipe follows

5 Leaves of Fresh Basil, chopped fine

1/2 c. Balsamic Vinaigrette, recipe follows, or store bought

Add cherry tomatoes, crumble the goat cheese, drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette then toss.

Herb Goat Cheese

3 tbls. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

3 tbls. Italian Parsley, chopped fine

2 1/2 tsp. Thyme Leaves, chopped fine

2 tsp. Rosmary Leaves, chopped fine

1 tsp. Lemon Zest

1 tsp. Pepper

1/4 tsp. Salt

1 11-oz. log soft fresh goat cheese

1 1/2 tbls. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil or Meyer lemon olive oil

Fresh herb sprigs, for garnish

Meanwhile, stir the herbs, lemon zest, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl to blend. Using about 2 teaspoons of cheese for each, form the goat cheese into 1-inch diameter balls. Roll the cheese balls in the herb mixture to coat completely.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 Balsamic Vinegar

Pinch of salt and a dash of pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 c. Extra- Virgin olive oil

In a small stainless steel or glass bowl, whisk together the vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic until well distributed. While continuing to whisk, add the olive oil in a thin, steady stream until emulsified. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.

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