While there are many things in life that give me great joy (game of thrones, chocolate, sparkling wine, slutty brownies) there are 2 things that I’m currently obsessing over… and lucky for me they are both making an appearance today. This Fall Farmers Market Salad with Fried Goat Cheese is majorly winning. That’s just about the only way to put it. It’s all you could possibly need for a Thanksgiving salad and I made it for you!
Every Wednesday I hop on my super cool new bike and head down to my local farmers market. It’s pretty much my favorite way to start the day and it’s always fun grabbing a bunch of random things and turning it all into something delicious. Then, throw a bit of fried goat cheese on top, because that’s what any normal human would do, and you’re set. Done. Ready to go. Salad is ready.
Bonus points for this salad because while you can absolutely serve it on the side for Thanksgiving – it also doubles as the most perfectly satisfying lunch or main course dinner if you throw on some prosciutto.
- 3 small heads Little Gem Lettuce, torn into pieces
- 1 head Radicchio, torn into pieces
- 1 large handful wild Arugula
- 1 Pomegranate, seeded
- 2 Persimmons, thinly sliced
- 2 Pink Lady Apples, sliced
- ½ cup Brown Sugar Candied Walnuts
- 1 (11-ounce) log plain goat cheese
- 2 large eggs, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- Fresh bread crumbs
- Vegetable oil
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced
- 1/2 shallot, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- Arrange all the salad ingredients on a large platter
- Slice the goat cheese into 12 (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Dip each slice into the beaten egg mixture, then the bread crumbs, being sure the cheese is thoroughly coated. Place the slices on a rack and chill them for at least 15 minutes.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a small saute pan over medium-high heat. Cook the goat cheese rounds quickly on both sides until browned on the outside but not melted inside. Arrange the fried goat cheese on top of the salad.
- Whisk together the ingredients for the balsamic vinaigrette in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper as needed and drizzle over the top of the salad to serve.
I am so excited you are making one of my recipes and I would love to see how it turns out. Make sure to share it on instagram and tag me @whatsgabycookin so I can see your masterpiece!