Full disclosure: This recipe has been adapted from a well-known public television food series involving an American kitchen that tests things.
For the goat cheese rounds, you'll need (and this varies depending on how many rounds you'll be making):
2-3 oz white melba toasts
1 t ground black pepper
2 T Dijon mustard
1-2 T minced fresh thyme (I go heavy on the herbs)
1-2 T minced fresh chives (ditto)
2-3 oz firm goat cheese, per serving (assume about .75-1 oz per round, although they can be larger or smaller. I tend to use 2 rounds/person as a lunch or starter, 3/ if this is a main course)
For the salad:
~2 T red wine vinegar
~1 T Dijon mustard
~1 T Dijon mustard
1 t minced shallot (I just use a whole one, minced. I like a very assertive vinaigrette, and I mean... what am I gonna do with 3/4 of a shallot in the fridge?)
1/4 t table salt
6 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T chopped fresh chives
Hearty greens (I use this spring mix that I like, and the amount varies HUGELY by situation - also, I like big salads. For a main course, I use maybe 4-5 cups per serving, for a side, maybe 3-4. How hungry are you?)
In the food processor, process Melbas until quite fine, maybe a minute or so (blender works fine, as does the old standby - rolling pin and ziplock on the counter). Put in small bowl, stir in pepper, set aside. In a second bowl whisk eggs and mustard until combined, set aside. In a third bowl, combine chopped herbs.
Using your preferred method for slicing goat cheese (mine is twine), divide cheese into equal pieces. Roll each into a ball, then roll in herbs, then roll in hands again to get the herbs to stick. Working with a couple at a time, roll around in the egg mixture to coat evenly, then transfer to melba crumbs. Roll around in crumbs, then roll in hands to coat evenly (press firmly to ensure a good coat). Flatten each round in your palm (make it as pretty as you like, should be vaguely disc-shaped) and place on a cookie sheet. Freeze for 30 minutes, and preheat oven to 475. After 30 minutes, remove cheese from freezer, brush top and sides of each round with olive oil, and bake for 7-10 minutes (depending on how frozen they got). After removing from oven, transfer the rounds to a couple layers of paper towel and let sit for 3 minutes.
While zee goat cheese is baking, whisk together shallot, mustard, vinegar, and salt. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly until emulsified. Add pepper to taste.
Place greens in large bowl, drizzle with dressing (as much or as little as you like - I like it light), toss to coat.
Put greens in individual serving plates or bowls; place goat cheese rounds on top, serve immediately.