Tomato and Goat Cheese Focaccia with Arugula Salad

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"This is such a quick recipe to put together. Five (5) minutes to make, 10-15 minutes in the oven; then, toss the salad, and top the pizza. Now, I used a store bought foccacia bread; but, you could always make your own, which is very easy. But, this is meant to be a quick fix meal. A perfect summer lunch or light dinner. Add some grilled artichokes, a fruit salad, and a bottle of wine; sit back ... and relax."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (616.1 g)
  • Calories 251.8
  • Total Fat - 10.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 15.9 mg
  • Sodium - 284.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 30.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 8.8 g
  • Sugars - 16.1 g
  • Protein - 14.9 g
  • Calcium - 417 mg
  • Iron - 2.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 104.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Focaccia ... This is supposed to be a 'quick cooking' recipe, so take advantage of a store bought bread. These days, there some wonderful ones right in your local grocery store. Even Walmart carries them these days; along with Trader Joe's, Costco, Sams, etc. I use a plain focaccia since we are using a herb flavored goat cheese. Lightly brush with olive oil and then rub with the garlic halves.

Step 2

Toppings ... Spread the goat cheese on the bread, depending on the size of your bread, about 4-6 oz - not too heavy. Then top with the tomato halves and scallions.

Step 3

Bake ... You can bake this on a pizza stone or you can use a baking sheet. Since the bread is already cooked; I prefer to use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes on the middle shelf, until the tomatoes begin to shrivel, and the edge of the bread is golden brown.

Step 4

Salad ... As your bread cooks, toss the arugula and basil in a bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice (to taste); then, season with salt and pepper.

Step 5

Finish ... Top the warm pizza with the arugula salad; then, and finish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Serve and ENJOY! It is a very light and delicious dish.


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