Crispy fried goat cheese salad served with colorful fruits and vegetables. Fresh arugula, beets, carrots, peas, avocado, berries and homemade raspberry dressing.
Are you looking for a colorful and healthy dish to bring some sunshine to your day? Something that always puts a smile on my face and impresses my dinner guests is this gorgeous fried goat cheese salad recipe. The peppery arugula leaves tossed with fresh fruits and vegetables creates irresistible textures. To take this salad to a gourmet level, creamy goat cheese is lightly battered and fried for an addicting crunchy crust. A bright raspberry poppyseed vinaigrette brings all of the farmers market flavors together in one beautiful bowl, just waiting to be shared!
How to Fry Goat Cheese
If you are like me, you will find any excuse to add smooth, creamy and tangy goat cheese to your meals. For this recipe, I used a French Chèvre, which has a light texture, earthy and a slight tart flavor. To make this goat cheese the star of the dish, it is lightly breaded and fried to give a contrast of soft and crispy textures.
To ensure frying success, the goat cheese log in chilled in a freezer for about 15 minutes to make it easier to slice. To make a flavorful breading for the goat cheese, a combination of panko bread crumbs, chopped pecans, thyme, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt. A standard breading procedure is used, dipping each slice into flour, egg, and a seasoned breadcrumb coating before adding to the hot oil. The goat cheese does not melt so it holds up very well to a few minutes of frying to achieve the golden brown crisp crust.
You can refrigerate the coated cheese slices for up to an hour if not frying immediately. The fried goat cheese holds very well and stays crisp for over an hour if you need to prepare these ahead of time before your hungry eaters arrive.
When I design a salad, I love to play with the vibrant colors and textures of the fresh ingredients. Beets are bountiful so I chose red and yellow varieties and then used a spiralizer to make long ribbons. For the carrots, you can use a vegetable peeler to create wide strips. Thinly sliced radishes make for a delicate yet eye-catching red and white circles and add a little spicy flavor. Crisp sugar snap peas, creamy avocado slices, and bright peppery arugula adds gorgeous shades or green. Some ripe blueberries and raspberries add some extra sweet and tart flavors to the wholesome vegetables.
I layered all of the salad ingredients into my stunning and modernly designed REVOL white arborescence porcelain bowl. The natural bowl with the innovative design made for the perfect palate to allow my imagination to craft a beautiful healthy salad to share. The design of the bowl is so versatile, I can’t wait to use it for my next recipe creation!
The easiest way to enhance the natural flavors of the fried goat cheese salad is to prepare a homemade dressing. I used whole raspberries, lemon juice, honey, olive oil and poppy seeds for a bright, sweet and citrusy dressing. It all comes together in seconds in a blender!
When you have just the right serveware, a simple salad transforms into a restaurant quality dish! These handmade, high-quality REVOL Color Lab grey dishes make all of the colors on the plate pop. Food lovers will take pride in serving meals on these elegant dishes meant for everyday use. Why not elevate your cooking each day?
This fried goat cheese salad recipe is an easy way to highlight the natural flavors of the season. The fried goat cheese provides a crispy texture to contrast the soft fruits and crunchy vegetables. Whether you are serving this salad as an appetizer or light entree, it’s so simple to enhance your dish with colorful ingredients and sophisticated plating. Don’t be afraid to unleash your inner artist and free your creativity with food!
How does the breading process create a crispy crust on the goat cheese?
The standard culinary breading process for foods is done in three steps. The first is to coat the cheese with a thin layer of flour. The flour creates a protective protein layer that hardens once cooked and separates from the cheese into a crispy coating. It also helps the egg layer to stick better to the food. The egg wash in term allows the breadcrumbs to stick to the outside of the cheese. The breadcrumbs provide the golden brown crunchy exterior once fried. The cheese stays intact and creamy with a nice crust.
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