How about a healthy breakfast or snack that captures the best fruit flavors of the season? Nectarine Toast with Honey Goat Cheese is simple and totally delicious…toasty bread with soft cheese, juicy nectarines, a drizzle of honey and sprigs of fresh basil.
Why you’ll love this recipe
I’m a firm believer in calling things exactly what they are. For example, I thought for a minute about naming this recipe “Nectarine Tartine”, but it rhymes weird and can we just admit that what follows here is just actually good old toast? I totally agree.
The idea here is so simple! Just fresh bread, cheese, fruit, olive oil, flaky sea salt and basil. This is one of those easy recipes that you’ll want to make over and over, and if you’ve never had such a thing, you’re going to LOVE it.
- This is easy and versatile, and is perfect for a quick breakfast, lunch or snack session.
- The flavors are amazing together, plus satisfying and a little indulgent.
- Pair this with a Pineapple Smoothie, Dark Cherry Smoothie or even a Cherry Milkshake and you’ll be all set!
- Here’s some salad recipes for light dinners to go with these toasts, like Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad, or this Best Rotisserie Chicken Salad …either would be great to try. I’ve also served this as an easy appetizer before a platter of this fabulous Summer Pasta. So good!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Sourdough Bread: Freshly cut in thick slices right off a round, please 🙂
- Fresh Goat Cheese: For texture and a slightly tangy flavor
- Olive Oil: Just a little olive oil as a flavorful finish to these toasts
- Honey: A drizzle of honey really pulls all the flavors together
- Flaky Sea Salt: Just a 1/4 teaspoon salt, SO important for flavor, so don’t skip it!
- Nectarines: Raw nectarine slices are juicy & sweet and set right on top of the goat cheese.
- Basil: Just a pinch or two of fresh basil leaves, a little goes a long way!
For the full recipe, instructions, and amounts, please scroll to the full recipe below
- Slice the sourdough bread about 1″ thick
- Drizzle the bread with a little olive oil, then set on a baking pan and broil until lightly brown and crispy at the edges. Repeat on the other side.
- Whip the room temperature goat cheese in a medium bowl with the olive oil, honey and salt and combine with a hand mixer.
- Slice the nectarines, set aside in a medium bowl TIP: Taste them! If they’re tart, add a little honey and gently toss together.
- Divide the cheese mixture on the warm toasts, add the nectarines on top and a bit of honey. Finish with a pinch of flaky sea salt and a bit of fresh basil.
- Serve yourself this delicious little summer-y breakfast or snack, preferably while sitting on the porch or near a pool. 🙂
How to Select Nectarines
- Nectarines are basically the same as peaches, but with a smooth (not fuzzy) exterior. You’ll want to use them when they’re firm but not soft, with a slight “give” to them when gently indented with your thumb.
- Note that nectarines don’t continue to ripen after picking, but they do soften, and usually this happens quick especially if the weather is warm, so buy what you plan to use in a day or two.
- Both the yellow and white flesh varieties are delicious, so use whatever looks and tastes best. Ask for a sample taste, if possible! Whether it’s at the Farmer’s Market or grocery store, most of the time people are happy to oblige!
- If you can’t find nectarines, just use a fresh peach instead!
- If you’re interested in a more comprehensive guide to picking stone fruits at the market, here’s a good resource!
Expert Tips & Variations
- Use almost any artisan bread instead of sourdough. TIP: A freshly baked round-shaped bread is best for flavor and presentation in this recipe.
- If the nectarines you have are a bit tart after slicing into them, just toss with a little bit of honey first.
- Peaches are a good substitute for nectarines (and are basically the same thing except for the fuzzy exterior.)
- Serve guests a quick, delicious and seasonally-inspired breakfast with mugs of hot coffee or tea.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Fresh peaches or sliced plums would be great on this toast.
Yes! You can certainly use fresh thyme instead of basil leaves, or a little sprinkle of Italian Parsley too. Or leave it off entirely!
A balsamic vinegar glaze would work very well instead of honey if you’d like.
You could certainly add some very thin slices of prosciutto or Black Forest Ham on top of the goat cheese before adding the nectarines and other ingredients. Sounds delicious!
More Recipes to Try:
If you’ve tried Nectarine Toast with Honey Goat Cheese, or any recipe on Studio Delicious, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Nectarine Toast With Honey Goat Cheese
- 4 slices Sourdough bread, 1" slices cut from a round
- 4 ounces Goat Cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 teaspoons Honey
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt, flaky sea salt
- 4 Nectarines, fresh, organic, washed and dried and sliced thinly
- 3 tbsp. Honey
- 1/4 tsp Salt, flake sea salt
- tbsp Basil leaves, fresh
- TOAST THE BREAD
- Turn oven to the "broil" setting and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with natural or regular parchment paper.
- Drizzle the sourdough bread slices with the olive oil – just enough to lightly cover each slice.
- Place baking sheet on middle rack of oven and broil the bread just until it's lightly brown and crispy on the edges. Remove from oven and turn the bread slices overContinue to broil for a minute or so, just to lightly crisp up the bottom of the slices
- Remove toasts from oven and assemble the toasts with the other ingredients
- FOR THE GOAT CHEESE MIXTURE
- Place the goat cheese, olive oil, and honey in a medium sized bowl
- Whip the ingredients together using a hand held electric mixer until very smooth and light in texture, about 2 minutes.
- Add the salt and mix for 30 seconds or so until combined
- PREP THE NECTARINES
- Slice the nectarines to 1/2" in size and place in a medium-sized bowl. If your nectarines taste tart, add a teaspoon of honey and gently toss together
- ASSEMBLE THE TOASTS
- Divide the cheese mixture among the 4 toasts
- Arrange some nectarine slices on top, roughly one sliced nectarine per toast.
- Drizzle with a teaspoon of honey, a pinch of flake sea salt, and some of fresh basil leaves to serve
- You can use other kinds of bread than sourdough, try your favorite!
- If you’re nectarines are a little tart, toss them with a little honey before using on the toasts.
- Here’s a nice organic, raw pesticide-free honey to try!
- Super important to read the whole recipe before you begin
- Pay attention to the ingredient list and photos for the recipe
- If possible, prep your ingredients a little before you start
- Always use a sharp knife for safety
- Use the size of pan called for in the recipe
- For savory recipes, taste and season as you go
- Buy fresh, organic ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible
This recipe was originally posted in June 2017 and was updated with new text and instructions June 2021.