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Goat Cheese Toast with Honeyed Citrus Fruit

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Take your brunch game to the next level with these vibrant, citrus-packed toasts!

Grilled bread is smeared with goat cheese and topped with fresh grapefruit, blood oranges, and honeybells before being drizzled with honey, fresh thyme, and a superfruit seed blend.

Overhead view of Goat Cheese Toast with Honeyed Citrus Fruit and ingredients around the sides.

Ah, brunch. How do I love thee?

Aside from giving us an excuse to eat pancakes and have a cocktail before noon, brunch is a really fun way to entertain!

Don’t get me wrong – I love a good dinner party. But sometimes it’s just easier to have people over for brunch, have some fun during the day, and then everyone still has the evening to themselves.

And if you have kids at home, it’s a great way for them to still be able to be involved in having guests over without needing to worry about it interfering with the whole bedtime routine (which can be torturous enough without having extra people around).

3/4 view of all the ingredients for Goat Cheese Toast with Honeyed Citrus Fruit.

I took a poll on my Instagram story a while back, and it seems like more people are into savory brunch items than sweet. Not gonna lie, that totally surprised me!

I often gravitate toward sweet and savory combos, like this Waffle Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict. But I don’t always have the time (or desire) to make something that much effort.

I’ve seen a lot of fancy toast options on menus here in New York. Many of them are of the avocado toast variety, and all of them come with a hefty price tag.

But fancy toast doesn’t have to come from a restaurant!

Overhead view of Goat Cheese Toast with Honeyed Citrus Fruit and ingredients around the sides.

This toast is super simple to put together, and it uses some of my very favorite ingredients!

I used a cast iron grill pan to grill my bread, but you could use an outdoor grill or even broil it. Just be sure to watch your bread so it doesn’t burn!

You’ll want to use a nice, sturdy bread for this goat cheese toast recipe so it holds up to the toppings. The goat cheese does act as a moisture barrier to prevent the citrus from making the bread soggy, but plain ol’ sandwich bread won’t be able to support the weight of the toppings.

Ideally, a nice loaf from your local bakery will be good here. Most grocery stores in my area have nice loaves in the bakery section, brought in from local bakeries here in Westchester County and New York City.

I used a Tuscan round and it worked out well – it held up beautifully to the grill pan!

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To make sure I got those gorgeous grill marks, I spread some Organic Culinary Coconut Oil from Barlean’s onto both sides of the bread.

This stuff is great – we use it for lots of different things in the kitchen, including seasoning our many cast iron skillets. Unlike other coconut oils, this one doesn’t taste like coconut, which makes it great for cooking all sorts of dishes.

It can also stand up to higher heat for stir-frying, grilling, and baking (up to 400°F).

Honey dipper drizzling honey onto Goat Cheese Toast with Honeyed Citrus Fruit

After the bread is done, smear on some softened goat cheese, top with sliced citrus fruit (a mix of different varieties works especially well here – I used grapefruit, blood oranges, and honeybells), a drizzle of honey, and some fresh thyme.

The final touch is a sprinkling of Superfruit Blend. This all-organic mix of flax, coconut, strawberry, blueberry, & raspberry provides an Omega-3 boost and adds a great bit of texture to the goat cheese toast.

I sprinkle this blend on my yogurt parfaits and on cottage cheese in the morning, and you can add it to pancake and waffle batters as well.

3/4 view of a board full of Goat Cheese Toast with Honeyed Citrus Fruit with ingredients around the sides.

Any mix of oranges, tangerines, etc. will work, but there’s something really special about the addition of grapefruit with all the sweeter citrus, so try to include that in your mix.

This recipe is such a fun combination of savory and sweet. The goat cheese is the perfect base for the tangy citrus fruit, and the fresh herbs really add a fun twist.

A little drizzle of honey really brings this dish together. My 6-year-old loved it. He was especially excited to eat something so colorful!

Overhead view of a board full of Goat Cheese Toast with Honeyed Citrus Fruit.

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Overhead view of Goat Cheese Toast with Honeyed Citrus Fruit and ingredients around the sides.

Goat Cheese Toast with Honeyed Citrus Fruit

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Pieces 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Take your brunch game to the next level with these vibrant, citrus-packed toasts! Grilled bread is smeared with goat cheese and topped with fresh grapefruit, blood oranges, and honeybells before being drizzled with honey, fresh thyme, and a superfruit seed blend.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 6 slices sturdy bread (I used a Tuscan round)
  • 46 tablespoons culinary coconut oil, softened
  • 46 pieces mixed citrus fruit (I used grapefruit, blood oranges, and honeybell oranges)
  • 1 (4-ounce) log goat cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and stems discarded
  • 23 tablespoons Barlean’s Superfruit Blend

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Spread coconut oil on both sides of each slice of bread. Once grill is hot, place bread on grill and cook, flipping occasionally, until grill marks show up on both sides and bread is nice and toasty.
  3. While bread is on the grill, peel citrus. Slice both ends off so you have a nice sturdy base for the fruit to sit upright. Carefully slice the peel away, making sure to cut the white pith off but leaving the fruit intact. Cut peeled citrus in half, then slice into 1/4-inch slices.
  4. Spread goat cheese over each piece of grilled bread, then cut each piece in half. Layer citrus on top, alternating colors, and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle thyme leaves and Superfruit Blend over top and serve!

Notes

Room temperature is often soft enough for the coconut oil, but if yours is a bit firm, you can microwave it for a few seconds to further soften it.

You can use an outdoor grill or broiler to toast the bread as well, just be sure to flip it and watch it to keep it from burning!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 313
  • Sugar: 20.6 g
  • Sodium: 297.3 mg
  • Fat: 13.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 8.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 8.7 mg

Keywords: toast, goat cheese, brunch, citrus, honey

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

26 Comments

  • Analida @ ethnicspoon.com

    This is my kind of dish for a tapas get together! I make my own homemade goat cheese and I always am looking for ways to use it up and I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!






  • Sanna

    I love brunch as well, and like you, I lean towards the combo of sweet and savory. This toast? I can have this every day and not get tired!






  • Veena Azmanov

    I love anything goat cheese – I often make goat cheese with honey and some fruit. Fig is by far my favorite. Have not tried citrus fruits but will try now that I see how you did it here. Sounds so delish.






  • Nicoletta @sugarlovespices

    This is truly a lovely toast. Beautiful flavors, simple and delicious, and also pretty to stand out on a brunch table.

  • Kristina

    This looks like a delicious simple snack! I’m loving honey with citrus and it would be a perfect combination on top of toast.






  • Natalie

    I absolutely love this cheese – citrus – and thyme cobo. I bet this taste heavenly good. I can’t wait to try it out. Delicious!






  • Michele @ Queenbeebaker

    Loving everything about this recipe! I bet the flavors of the goat cheese and the fruit together are amazing. Putting it on toast takes this over the top!






  • Kim @ Berly's Kitchen

    We so rarely purchase goat cheese and normally don’t eat it with fruit. However, this sounds really good and like a great pairing. That grilled bread and honey just adds to it! I’m loving this whole dish!






    • Ashley

      Goat cheese and fruit is one of my favorite flavor combos. This would totally work with ricotta or cream cheese, too. But if you do end up with goat cheese on your hands, I hope you’ll give it a try 🙂

  • Michelle Blackwood

    Wow, what a pretty dish that is perfect for brunch or as an appetizer. So dainty with all the colorful citruses.






  • Heather

    Gorgeous! I use coconut oil for everything too but never thought to use it when grilling bread. Great idea! This recipe is perfect for brunch and what a great contrast of flavors and textures.






    • Ashley

      It worked out really well! I love that it doesn’t have the coconut flavor, which makes it perfect for dishes like this!

  • Christine

    SO obsessed with goat cheese toast and citrus fruit in the summer. My kind of breakfast or dinner! So yummy!






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