Almond-Crusted Goat Cheese, Peach and Fig Salad

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  • Almond-Crusted Goat Cheese, Peach and Fig Salad
Posted on August 24, 2015

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. Thanks for supporting brands and companies that help keep my kitchen afloat. All opinions are my own.

It’s still August. For a whole week in fact.

It’s not October. And it most certainly is not December.

Although you wouldn’t know that if you’ve gone shopping lately, browsed Pinterest or turned on your television. Holiday stuff is creeping in at a disturbingly fast pace.

But me? I’m holding onto summer a little bit longer. I’m still drinking fruity cocktails, hanging out in my bathing suit and taking long evening walks to soak in every last ounce of daylight. And here on Floating Kitchen, we’re going to be finishing out the season in style as well. I’ve got recipes for fresh berries, frozen treats and this stunning Almond-Crusted Goat Cheese, Peach and Fig Salad. No pumpkin or peppermint in sight. That’s a promise.


This salad just screams summer (which consequently, is exactly what I wanted to do when I saw Halloween candy in the grocery store last week). Loaded with sun-ripened peaches, fresh figs, garden herbs and crisp greens, it reminds me of everything that is good about August.

And of course, there is goat cheese. Because how could there not be goat cheese.

Almond-crusted goat cheese is one of my all-time favorite salad toppers. And I just discovered a way to make it even better by using Salted Caramel Blue Diamond Almonds in the coating mixture. The salty-sweet combo is absolutely KILLER when combined with warm, creamy goat cheese. It’s like a little party for your taste buds. And in this particular case, it was a party for my taste buds and my taste buds ONLY. Because I didn’t share. I ate all four servings by myself (um…not in one sitting, so don’t judge me). And you won’t want to share either. Because this salad is as delicious to eat as it is gorgeous to look at.



Almond-Crusted Goat Cheese, Peach and Fig Salad

Serves 4

Almond-Crusted Goat Cheese, Peach and Fig Salad


  • For the Goat Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Salted Caramel Blue Diamond Almonds
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 8 ounces goat cheese (log style, not crumbles)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • About 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • For the Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

  • For the Salad
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaves, torn
  • 1 tablespoon basil leaves, torn
  • 8 fresh figs, halved
  • 2 peaches, halved, pitted and sliced
  • 1/4 cup Salted Caramel Blue Diamond Almonds


  1. Make the crusted goat cheese. In the bowl of your food processor with the blade attachment, process the almonds until they are finely chopped. Add the panko bread crumbs, salt and pepper and pulse to combine. Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl or plate. Slice the goat cheese into eight equal sized pieces. Then using your hands, form each of the goat cheese pieces into a disk. The goat cheese may crumble some at first, but as it warms in your hands it will become easier to mold. Dip each goat cheese round into the beaten egg and then into the almond/panko mixture, being sure to coat all sides. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and warm the olive oil. Add the coated goat cheese rounds and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Then gently flip them using a spatula and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. The coating should be golden brown and the goat cheese should be warm and starting to soften, but still hold it’s shape. Carefully remove the goat cheese rounds from the skillet and transfer them to a paper towel-line plate.
  2. Make the dressing. Whisk all of the ingredients together and set aside.
  3. Assemble the salads. In a large bowl toss the mixed greens and herbs with the dressing. Divide evenly between 4 plates or bowls. Then top each salad with two of the crusted goat cheese rounds, 4 fig halves, 1/2 sliced peach and 1 tablespoon almonds. Serve immediately.


  • You make the best salads, Liz! I love the almond-crusted goat cheese! Such a great way to use those salted caramel almonds! Sounds delicious!


    • Awww…thanks, Gayle!

  • Liz, this salad looks crazy good! I am a huge peach and fig fan, so this one’s right up my alley! LOVE the colors! Enjoy the week and savor the summer!! It’s not over yet!


    • Definitely not over yet! Thanks, Mary Ann!

  • Hahaha I think we should all scream it’s still summer in stores. Thanks for holding on to summer with this salad


    • Right? Hooray for it STILL being summer!

  • This looks so fresh and summery-love it!


    • Thanks, Naomi!

  • I’m with you on hanging onto to summer. Here’s to more fruit-filled cocktails and salads like this.


    • You said it, Matt!

  • This is absolutely gorgeous! Wow!


    • Thanks, Jocelyn!

  • Liz, I hear you sister. . but the weather here has been amazingly cool . . it’s freaking 55 right now?! one more week of August .. woot woot!! and I would love your fruity cocktails and this salad to munch on! I totally need those Salted Caramel Blue Diamond Almonds in my life!!!


    • 55! That’s nuts. We’re still crazy hot and humid here in New England.

  • It’s so funny, it seems like all bloggers are talking about fall baking, but not wanting to give up summer. I mean, how could we? The nice weather, the fresh produce, the light and delicate flavors. This salad is certainly an attest to that!


    • Thanks, Sarah! Summer is no going down without a fight from me!

  • This salad is seriously GORGEOUS, Liz! Total party for your tastebuds! And I mean party of ONE… for my tastebuds ONLY! Because NO judgement is coming from me on your goat cheese face stuffing- I WILL be doing the same thing. Except mine will probably be in one sitting. The fat kid in me just can’t stop when it comes to figs and almond crusted goat cheese. GIMME it ALLLLL! Love this! Plus, I still have figs in my fridge so you KNOW this salad is happening today! Pinned and Cheers, pretty lady!


    • Yes yes yes! And oh my gosh you most certainly aren’t a fat kid. Far from it, sister! 🙂

  • I’m with ya! I was like GAH! when I saw the piles and piles of candy at the store… ridiculous! I’m holding on to Summer for as long as it’s here… not rushing the last of fresh Summertime produce either! Pumpkin will be here soon enough… I’ve still got Summertime recipes to share as well! I love the flavors you’ve included in this fabulous salad.. and the goat cheese! OMGeee…. the creamy with the crunch. You nailed it! Thank you for this!


    • Yes to savoring summer! Thanks, Traci!

  • Beautiful salad and I agree … how could there not be goat cheese?! 🙂


    • Right? It’s kind of a universal truth. 🙂

  • I keep seeing Halloween things on Pinterest and I’m all NO but my body is like YES to the cooler weather (not cold, don’t get me wrong). This looks like summer in salad form, so I’m ready to dive in headfirst!


    • Pinterest is the worst. And when I saw something with candy canes, I almost cried. I just can’t deal with all that right now. Too soon!

  • I’m soaking up the last bits of summer, too, and this salad is definitely on my To Do list before peach season is over! Those almond-crusted lumps of goat cheese?!! Genius. Love this perfect meal!


    • Ha ha – lumps of goat cheese. That made me laugh for some reason. Probably because I’m like 12 sometimes. 🙂

  • The almond crusted goat cheese is so smart! And I love the torn herbs in the salad- adds so much pep and flavor 🙂 Pinning!


    • Yup, herbs in salad is so good. I just started doing it this year and now I’m kind of obsessed!

  • This is everything I’ve ever wanted on one plate!


    • Awww…shucks!

  • Ugh, I know just what you mean! It’s so hard not to get drawn in to the fall season but we really just need to hang on to summer for as long as we possibly can! This salad is such a fantastic way to do it; love everything about it!


    • Thanks, Allie! I’m going to hang on as long as possible!

  • Summer forever…..And this salad forever….


    • Yes to both of those things!

  • The figs, the peaches, the almonds, so perfect and gorgeous!


    • Awww…thanks Katalina!

  • That almond crusted goat cheese is calling my name! You always make the most gorgeous salads, Liz. Love this!


    • Awww…shucks! Thanks, Danielle!

  • I know, I know – holiday stuff is fast approaching – but I’m still loving the summer stuff – and goat cheese and I have a love affair that knows no bounds!


    • Yup, me and goat cheese are going to get married! Ha! 🙂

  • Well hello!
    So great to meet you I LOVE your photography and blog 🙂
    This looks wonderful! I am also NOT ready for fall, this season is just the best 🙂
    xox ella


    • So glad we can connect! And thanks for the love!

  • Peaches, almonds, and goat cheese…just the perfection! Love the way you handled this goat cheese. Well done, indeed!


    • Thanks so much, Ben!

  • Liz, I’m holding on so tight to summer too! This salad looks like the perfect way to keep it here as long as possible 🙂


    • We gotta try and make it last! 🙂

  • GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS as always, girlfriend! Such a pretty salad, and you hang onto summer as long as you can! xo


    • You know it! Thanks for the sweet words! 🙂

  • This is such a pretty salad, Liz, and I was just given a pile of figs today. I haven’t made warm, crusted goat cheese in ages, and this post is making me miss it — I need this salad!


    • Oh then it sounds like you need some warm, crusted goat cheese in your life real quick! 🙂

  • Almond crusted GOAT CHEESE?! seriously, this just blew my taste buds off my head. I LOVE me some BD Almonds, and this salad is KILLER!


    • Thanks, Taylor! XO

  • This looks so awesome. I’ve been eating the crap out of figs lately. They have such a short season I feel like I need to stuff myself silly while they’re here. So. Good. I love all the amazing components to this salad! That goat cheese looks BOMB!


    • Yeah, we gotta stuff ourselves with figs while we can!

  • The beauty of your salad stopped me dead in my scroll. And now that I see how simple and what goes into it, I’ll just have to make this.


    • Awww…thanks for the great compliment, Judy! I hope you try it out!

  • The thought of December makes me want to cry a little bit, so I’m not going to think about it! I’ll think about this beautiful and delicious salad instead! Wish this was my lunch today!


    • No December thoughts around here either! I’m sticking with summer!

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