Fried Goat Cheese Salad


Total Time:

10 minutes



Three words will literally rock your world. Fried Goat Cheese. Yup. That’s right. Little rounds of creamy tangy goat cheese coated with breadcrumbs and light fried. Be still my heart.

I can’t believe I went so long in my life without ever eating this little morsel of joy. It changed my life in a matter of seconds and I kinda never again want to eat another salad without some fried goat cheese. Goat cheese is a staple in my house. I always have it on hand and throw it into lots of different dishes like risotto and pizza and even guacamole! But never have I actually breaded some rounds of goat cheese, lightly fried them in grapeseed oil and served it over a salad with fresh strawberries and a balsamic vinaigrette. It’s literally the definition of perfection. And you’ve got to try it! Trust me. You will not be disappointed.

Fried Goat Cheese Salad

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 handfuls mixed green lettuce
  • 10 strawberries tops removed and sliced
  • 1 small log of goat cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup freshly made bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup olive
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce and strawberries. Set aside.
  • Cut a small log of goat cheese into small pieces, about the size of 2 tbsp. Roll the piece of goat cheese into a ball in your hands and then gently mold into a disk shape. Repeat this process for the remaining goat cheese and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and set aside.
  • Place the bread crumbs into another small bowl.
  • Dip each of the pieces of goat cheese in the egg wash and then into the bread crumb mixture. Using your fingers, make sure the bread crumbs are firmly into the goat cheese and set aside.
  • Heat the grapeseed oil in a small skillet over medium high heat. Lightly fry the goat cheese rounds for about a minute on each side until they are golden brown and are just slightly melted on either side but still retain their shape. Remove from oil and set aside.
  • Top the salad with the fries goat cheese.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic, honey, salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.

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  1. Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    i heart fried goat cheese! this would be gone within a matter of seconds at my table 🙂

  2. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots

    I’ve had this type of salad at a restaurant before and it was the greatest thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. Definitely will be making it at home. Yum!!!!!

  3. Bev Weidner

    Jaw on the ground.

    Running to kitchen to make, pronto!


  4. Mandy Minette

    I adore goat cheese and this recipe sounds great! I think I’ll try it out as an appetizer on some crostini. Thank you for sharing.

  5. marla

    Rock. My. World. I have actually had fried goat cheese and yes. It did rock my world. This salad looks awesome!

  6. HeatherChristo

    Favorite cheese: goat cheese. Favorite prep: fried (obviously). I just served this salad at a dinner party this last weekend, but it sounds so good, it may be on the agenda for tonight…. beautiful job 🙂

  7. Renee

    This looks so yum! I can’t get enough salads this summer and I usually use crumbled goat cheese. Fried goat cheese would elevate my salads to a whole new level. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  8. Maris (In Good Taste)

    They probably wouldnt be around long enough to make it to the salad!

  9. Monika

    I have never had this before, and clearly I have been missing out. It looks and sounds wonderful.
    Can’t wait to give it a try!

  10. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat

    I love fried goat cheese! And the addition of strawberries makes it healthy.

  11. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I totally agree, fried goat’s cheese is heavenly!

  12. Lucy Lean

    This reminds me of a salad everyone raves about in our village in Provence – although they wrap the cheese in a v light pastry parcel – do you have a favorite type of goat cheese – I like the Soledad Goats folks at the HFM

  13. Savannah

    This looks divine. I’ve been following your salad recipes on Tasty Kitchen. I love them. I have subscribed to your site.

  14. jenna

    fried goat cheese makes any salad amazing! 🙂 i bet the combo of strawberries and g.cheese is out of this world.

  15. Deliciously Organic

    Love goat cheese! And friend on salad? Yes, please.

  16. Cookin’ Canuck

    Fried goat cheese is a great way to make a really special salad. This sounds amazing, Gaby!

  17. Becki (Becki’s Whole Life)

    I have no idea why but I have never had goat cheese fried. I can only imagine that it tastes wonderful on top of a green salad. Love it!

  18. Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble

    I love love LOVE goat cheese! And fried goat cheese sounds even more amazing. Ive seen it in restaurants but never thought to make it at home. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}

    That looks so sinful and delicious! Oh my, this is going on my “to make” list.

  20. Kathy – Panini Happy

    I absolutely love fried goat cheese. I had a salad like this at a restaurant once with one more fabulous ingredient – duck leg confit!

  21. [email protected]

    I completely agree Gabi – this is definitely a “must make” for anyone who likes goat cheese!!

    Darn it, now I am craving some right now!!!

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  23. Jennifer (Savor)

    uhhhhhhhhhhhhh..wait, wiping drool……………….okay, yummy!

  24. mjskit

    I have some goat cheese in the fridge right now just wondering what I’m going to do with it. Now I can tell it! This looks awesome!

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  26. Deanna

    I don’t care that much for goat cheese plain, but fried goat cheese is utterly amazing! I add some chopped herbs to the breading and serve the fried goat cheese atop baby greens, cooked beets and champagne vinegar and olive oil vinaigrette – perfection.

  27. Mairi @ Toast

    Yep…you certainly had me at fried goat cheese, this salad sounds heavenly.

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  30. Paul Kalemkiarian

    Wow wee. this is on the dinner table tonight and I know just what to serve it with. Santa Barbara Pinot. Don’t thank me.


    Yes yes fried goat cheese is Great on all types of salads. Like McDonald s I’m loving it!