Fried Goat Cheese Salad

Fried Goat Cheese Salad

Warm goat cheese rounds served with romaine and radicchio lettuce dressed in a honey white wine vinaigrette garnished with chopped walnuts. Goat cheese never had it so good.

Seasoned bread crumbs coat thick slices of herbed goat cheese that are lightly pan-fried in olive oil to give them a crispy outer crunch and warm, creamy insides elevating cheese to all new heights.

Goat Cheese Salad with Honey White Wine Vinaigrette

I love the tangy cheese with the slightly sweet dressing, the crunch of the walnuts and the cool lettuce. A perfect balance of savory and sweet, soft and crispy, warm and cold.

This is one of those salads you I cannot get enough of. I could easily eat it every single day.

Fried Cheese Salad

This is a great appetizer! So easy to make and elegant. Two pluses when you’re serving a crowd. You can fry them up and keep them warm in a very low oven until you’re ready to serve then just nestle them in radicchio leaves with a drizzle of dressing over top and a smattering of nuts.

If you never had goat cheese before there’s no better time to take the leap than now. You’re in for a treat. I promise. This makes the best light summer lunch or dinner. You can throw a handful of fresh berries into the mix and even some grilled chicken or vegetables to make it more substantial.

The no. 1 best thing? You can make as few or as many as you like – this is more method than precise recipe.

Or you can skip the salad entirely and just stuff hot goat cheese in your mouth. Ask me how I know this.

Fried Goat Cheese

Fried Goat Cheese Salad

Rating: 51

Fried Goat Cheese Salad

Warm goat cheese rounds served with romaine and radicchio lettuce dressed in a honey and white wine vinaigrette garnished with chopped walnuts.


This is more method than precision so I don't give exact measurements! Make enough for one salad or many - it's up to you.
For the cheese rounds:
1 Goat cheese log, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
seasoned Italian bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
olive oil, for pan-frying
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
chopped romaine
chopped radicchio
chopped walnuts


  1. Freeze the goat cheese for 20 minutes before slicing. Use a sharp paring knife or dental floss to slice the goat cheese into 1/2-inch rounds or dip a paring knife into warm water and wipe off between cuts.
  2. Set up a dredging station by adding both the bread crumbs and egg to separate shallow bowls. Dredge the goat cheese rounds by first dipping in egg and then coating with bread crumbs, using your hands to pat the crumbs on. Set on a cutting board or platter lined with parchment and freeze 20 minutes.
  3. Make the dressing:
  4. Whisk the honey, vinegar and mustard together in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Alternately you can pulse everything together in a food processor.
  5. Fry the cheese:
  6. After 20 minute heat a heavy-bottomed skillet with enough oil to generously coat the bottom on medium heat.
  7. Pan fry the goat cheese rounds on both side until golden brown about 4 - 5 minutes each.
  8. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate to drain.
  9. Serve over the romaine and radicchio drizzled with dressing and garnished with nuts. Add a few fresh berries if you like.


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  1. says

    I would probably NEED to serve this at a party otherwise I’d run the risk of eating all the goat cheese in one sitting! So good.

  2. says

    When I was a child (a long time ago) sometimes my mom cooked fried cheese and I like it so much :)
    I never tried goat cheese, it sounds delicious and I like very much the slightly sweet and sour dressing with mustard and honey. Bye dear, have a good day

  3. says

    This looks amazing Reeni! I love goats cheese also… and anything crumbed and fried is a winner in my opinion! This is my first visit to your blog and I am absolutely in love with your gorgeous photography and recipes. I’m going to give this one a go. Can’t wait to look through your archives! x

  4. says

    Okay, I’m back. I had to hurry and pin this scrumptious looking method before I forget. (I am getting up there Reeni:)

    Goat cheese has been my new best friend for longer than I can remember. Anyway you slice it I adore it. I also put it in anything that I think can remotely include it. However, fried is the very best and the way you have presented it and the notion of a honey dressing just send me!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Reeni. I am so going to make this.

    P.S. The Picnic Game post is up. I hope, I hope you’ll be “playing” this year.

    • says

      Thanks Louise! Yay! I’m glad for the picnic game but so busy – in a good way – I’ll have to see if I can fit it in! I’d hate to say I will and not be able to get to it.

      • says

        I’m thrilled for you Reeni and I totally understand. If you can squeeze us in that would be GREAT but I know how hard you work and frankly I don’t know where you get the time to do all the terrific things you already do. Just let us know, if not I do hope you will make the round-up:)

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