Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Dill is a delicious and healthy appetizer that is easy to make and only requires a handful of ingredients. It’s perfect for a healthy lunch with some salad and looks beautiful on a dinner table.
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Simple flavours don’t mean simple tastes. Juicy and sweet tomatoes smeared with tangy goat cheese create a burst of bright flavours.
I love taking whatever I have in the fridge and pantry and combining into delicious meals and recipes. This Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Dill Appetizer is exactly that – cleaning of the fridge, marriage of ingredients.
I believe in easy and quick food that isn’t fast food. And, unfortunately, I’m not disciplined enough for menu and meal planning.
I often buy food on specials. A tub of ricotta for 1$ instead of 4$? Yes, I’ll take 10! Goat cheese for 2$ off? Of course!
Costco is one of my favourite places to shop. So many delicious products at even more delicious prices. So, a few weeks ago I came home with a trunkful of cheeses. They were on special at Costco.
Creamy white goat cheese logs have been staring at me intently for days now. Finally, I had to give in to their temptation.
Goat cheese and dill is a delicious combination. They pair incredibly well together and compliment each other.
Tangy and earthy, creamy and bright. I make goat cheese and dill hasselback chicken often as I love those ingredients together.
In this recipe I added even more tanginess to the goat cheese by squeezing lemon juice into it, brightened it up with a little bit of dill, and added more salt and pepper to round up the spread. I then spread the delicious mixture over juicy tomato slices.
I had gorgeous brown tomatoes called Kumatos (also bought at Costco) that worked beautifully with the goat cheese but you can use any other flavourful tomatoes you have. Just make sure that you have really good quality tomatoes as with so few ingredients every flavour matters!
How to make Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Dill appetizer
This is a really easy appetizer to make. All you have to do is mix most of the ingredients and spread over the tomatoes.
- Use a fork to mash soft (preferably room temperature) goat cheese.
- Add chopped dill, lemon juice.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Slice juicy tomatoes.
- Spread the goat cheese mixture over the tomatoes and serve.
Ingredients and variations for Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Dill appetizer
With so few ingredients every one of them actually matters but you can make changes to customize the flavours to your taste and create a new delicious appetizer altogether.
- Goat cheese
- Goat cheese is obviously one of the main ingredients but you can make some substitutions here.
- Use creamy smooth feta instead of goat cheese. You’ll need to buy it at a cheese shop as most grocery stores will only sell crumbly feta. But if you can find creamy feta then you’ll be able to easily mash it with a fork and spread over the tomatoes.
- Use Boursin cheese instead of goat cheese or use half Boursin and half goat cheese. I also like Pecan and Boursin stuffed Dates as another quick and delicious appetizer.
- In a pinch, you could even use cream cheese but you might need to add a bit more seasoning as regular cream cheese is much more neutral than goat cheese.
- Well, tomatoes are the star of the recipe here but you could play around with different vegetables also.
- Try cucumber slices, bell pepper, radishes, rounds of roast potatoes or roast eggplant.
- Dill pairs absolutely beautifully with goat cheese so I highly recommend sticking with this herb.
- However, if you don’t have dill or don’t like dill, you can use parsley, cilantro, or even thyme which also goes well with goat cheese.
- I would suggest against using dry herbs here. With so few ingredients you want fresh flavours and textures.
- You can add a bit of lemon zest together with the lemon juice to have an extra punch of tang.
- You could use lime instead of lemon.
- Salt and pepper
- I feel that salt and pepper are simple enough to not overpower the clean flavours of this Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Dill appetizer and you don’t need to add anything else.
- But if you’d like you can add more seasonings such as garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, or even a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- Lemon salt or lemon pepper would also be great in this recipe.
More easy and quick appetizer recipes:
- Pecan and Boursin stuffed Dates
- Easy endive appetizer with blue cheese, pecans, and cranberries
- Mushroom crostini 3 ways
Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Dill
- 100 g creamy goat cheese (room temperature)
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped dill (and more for serving)
- 1/2 large lemon
- 2 medium tomatoes
- salt, pepper to taste
- In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese, chopped dill, and juice of half a lemon. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix.
- Slice the tomatoes into 5-6 rounds each.
- Spread each slice of tomato with the goat cheese and dill mixture.
- Garnish with extra chopped dill and freshly cracked black pepper.