Lemon Basil Goat Cheese

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(Inspired by Catherine Walthers’ “Raising the Salad Bar”)


  • 6-8 ozs. your favorite goat cheese (we love Vermont Creamery goat cheese)
  • ½ tsp. pressed or very finely minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. Gustare Whole Fruit Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 baguette, sliced, or crackers


  1. Using either a mold or your hands, gently form the goat cheese into a slightly mounded disk.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the garlic, lemon olive oil and pinch of salt.
  3. Place the round of cheese on a plate, season with freshly ground pepper and evenly pour the garlic/oil mixture over it.
  4. Cover plate and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, sliver the basil and sprinkle over the goat cheese. Serve with sliced baguette or your favorite crackers. Enjoy!

Note: Top the goat cheese round with fig or cherry spread. Drizzle Gustare Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar in dots or lines on the plate.