From the Recipe Box: Warm Goat Cheese Salad

by kitchenarian on February 15, 2011

I am a lover of all things goat cheese. In a salad, on a cracker, in a meal – any way you want to serve it to me. Surprisingly, I didn’t always feel that way and it took me a while to acquire a taste for it. But once I jumped on the goat cheese wagon, there was no looking back!

I recently found this recipe; it has actually been filed away with a bunch of other recipes from ages past. I served this for the first time years ago when I belonged to a Supper Club. It was a hit then, and somehow I forgot about it. It comes from Southern Living and was actually one of their “Best Of” recipes from the 90’s. I found it when I was searching for a salad for my husband’s birthday dinner. I can’t believe that I have waited so long to make it again. This is a classic recipe that elevates a simple salad to something truly special. It is definitely one to keep in your salad “go to” recipe pile.

Ingredients:

½ cup olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tablespoon diced green onions
1 ½ teaspoons dijon mustard

½ cup italian breadcrumbs
1 ½ tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 ½ tablespoons sesame seeds
12 ounces goat cheese logs
1 large egg, beaten

3 tablespoons butter
6 – 8 cups salad greens
kalamata olives (optional)

Make your salad dressing by whisking your olive oil, lemon juice, diced green onions and mustard into a small bowl. Set aside. Mix your breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and sesame seeds into a small shallow bowl. Slice your goat cheese into 12 slices. Dip goat cheese into the beaten egg and coat with breadcrumb mixture. Once you have coated all the slices of goat cheese, refrigerate for two hours.

Fry goat cheese in a skillet with melted butter on medium heat until browned and crispy, but not so much that the cheese starts to ooze. Toss your salad greens with dressing and put on individual plates topped with warm goat cheese and kalamata olives.

Enjoy!

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Stacey Rider February 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

This looks so good and I adore goat cheese – making this large sized for dinner tonight! Thank you for sharing!

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Erik February 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I love fried, warm goat cheese. Heck, I love goat cheese, but warm and breaded… Mmmmmmmm! There is a local restaurant in Houston that serves a similar salad. Now I can make it at home 🙂

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Evan @swEEts February 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Fried goat cheese on a salad? Yes please! This sounds fabulous.. I’m a lover of all things goat cheese as well 🙂

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Liz February 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Yum, yum, yum!!! I need to make this delicious salad soon~

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Kate @ Diethood.com February 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Oh wow, that is so good… why didn’t I think to do that with goat cheese?! I’m also in love with it… I can eat it daily … and I kinda do! 🙂

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Sandra@Sandra's Easy Cooking February 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm

This salad looks so delicious! I just had salad, kind of wished that I read your recipe before:) Stunning photos!

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Happy When Not Hungry February 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Wow this salad looks amazing! I love goat cheese with beets too! Yum!

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Tiffany February 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I love that the crust has bread crumbs, parm, and sesame seeds! YUM!

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