September 19, 2010

Simple Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons

Reading the above post title has probably provoked one of two reactions in you. One, if you are as obsessed with all things goat cheese as I am, you are incredibly excited and starting to drool. Two, if goat cheese makes you feel the same way as looking at a picture of yourself in the height of adolescence—cringy and emotionally unstable—you’re probably a little wary of this recipe.

I’m happy to report that this dish will satisfy both the craving for crispy bites of creamy chevre and the desperate hope for a tasty dressing that will make up for such a cheese-laden salad.

I’ll start off with the dressing for you goat cheese haters.

Sorry if I seem cranky…I actually did just see some photos of myself in junior high.

First just chop up a clove or two of garlic…

…add some Dijon mustard…

…some white wine vinegar and lemon juice…

…as well as a few good glugs of olive oil.

Also add a bit of salt and pepper.

Whisk it all together until well mixed and you’ve got a super simple, super delicious salad dressing that you can whip up in a flash.

Now it’s time for some lovely goat cheese croutons!

For the breading, first whisk an egg with a bit of water.

Then fill a separate bowl with some nice, crunchy panko breadcrumbs.

Cut up some herbed chevre into something resembling cubes.

Dip them in the egg…

…then coat them in breadcrumbs.

Repeat the process, coating each one again with the egg, then the breadcrumbs.

Melt some butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the cheesy croutons and cook for a few minutes…

…then flip and cook for a few more minutes, setting them on a paper towel to drain once done.

Toss some mixed salad greens with the dressing, then top with the croutons.

Now you’ve got a deeelicious, easy salad that’s perfect for an extra-yummy, extra-cheesy lunch.

Simple Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons

Recipe by La Kocinera

Printable Recipe

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

juice of 1/2 a lemon

4-5 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

1 3-inch piece of herbed goat cheese, cubed

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon water

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

mixed salad greens

In a bowl, whisk together garlic, mustard, vinegar, lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper. If the dressing is too tart, add one or two more tablespoons of olive oil.

Whisk together the egg and water in a small bowl. Place the breadcrumbs in another small bowl. Using a fork, dip the cubes of cheese in the egg, allowing the fork to drain away the excess egg, then roll in the panko. Repeat.

In a small skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown the croutons for a few minutes, then flip with a spatula and continue to cook for another minute or so, just until they’re browned.

Toss the greens with dressing and top with croutons.

Cue gratuitous goat cheese picture in three…two…one…


  1. I belong to the first group. I'm a goat cheese obsessed or should I say possessed! Goat cheese controls my mind and my body. I have no power or will in front of it and now my husband is complaining because I'm trying to convince him he has to go to the store to get me some. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Oh, goat cheese croutons! Sounds like heaven!

  3. Hi Koci, what a lovely idea. I'm rather partial to cheesy croutons. Great photos as usual.

  4. @Sara: haha I am so with you on this! I can't get enough of the stuff.

    @A Spicy Perspective: Heaven = goat cheese. :D

    @Hester: Thank you! I, too, am quite partial to anything cheesy. :)

  5. The more goat cheese the better!

  6. Well, I'm slightly goat cheese obsessed as well and these croutons are such an awesome idea! Love to try it out sometime, they look mouthwatering!

  7. Right, I'll take one LARGE order of the goat cheese croutons then. Straight up.

  8. Ohmygod. I am really going to try this out. Wonderful idea. I love goat cheese.

    I am Fickle Cattle.

  9. These look so good...crusty on the outside and creamy inside. Yum!

  10. I happen to be the type of gal who is obsessed with goat cheese! These croutons are genius and that last picture is fabulous!

  11. <3 goat cheese. I wonder how feta would out? I love how the fried little bits on a salad give you the satisfying feeling of being a little bad while eating a salad :)

  12. Hi,

    Here for the first time...lovely description....amazing...


  13. Your photos are amazing, looks so mouthwatering, love your step by step method. Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your sweet comment.

  14. I'm LIKING this. Very much! I will definitely be making goaty croutons. I love the dressing too. I'm so boring; I usually just mix balsamic vinegar with some oil.

  15. @Anonymous: Agreed! :D

    @Susi: Thank you! I can never get enough goat cheese.

    @Marisa: Don't get me started on how munchable these are! I spent days dipping leftovers just in the dressing.

    @Fickle Cattle: haha Thank you!

    @Karen: Thanks! I love the crunch of panko breadcrumbs.

    @Marisa: Why thank you! I'm really loving to see just how many people are crazy about goat cheese. My kindred spirits! :D

    @Val and Mani: Oooh, I bet feta would do great! The cheese I used leaned more on the creamy side, so I bet feta would hold up even better while browning the outside.

    @Dr. Sameena: Welcome! You'll find lots of gushing about lots of cheese around here. :) Can't wait to check out your blogs!

    @Treat and Trick: Thank you so much! :)

    @Suzler: This dressing was definitely a departure for me. I, too, usually end up just mixing some olive oil and red wine vinegar, but Dijon just goes so fabulously with cheese that I made a bit more effort this time. :D

  16. oooo! Koci! I love the little fried bits among the bright greens! And I am rather fond of Goat cheese as well. ;) I really love the colors in your pics!


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