During quarantine, we’ve had a lot of fun getting creative in the kitchen. And since we were both working from home all the time, we could expand that creativity into the lunch hour. One day in particular, I was craving the fried goat cheese salad from Rue de Jean in Charleston (if you ever visit, you must go). I decided to do my best to mimic and we both loved it so much that it has since been on repeat! The beauty of this recipe is that you can add the fried goat cheese to whatever salad ingredients you like – totally up to you!
It might sound tricky, but frying the goat cheese couldn’t be simpler. I buy the small logs of chèvre (bonus points if you have a flavored option – garlic & herbs is a personal favorite). The trick is to get your breading station and the pan you’ll be frying the goat cheese in ahead of time. Don’t take the cheese out of the fridge until you are absolutely ready to fry it, or else you’ll run the risk of it getting too soft and falling apart on you once it hits the hot oil. You may also consider slicing the cheese ahead of time and placing it in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour prior to frying.
I slice the chèvre into discs about an inch in thickness using a sharp cheese knife. You can use your fingers to shape the edges, if need be. Then you just dip them in beaten eggs, then breadcrumbs or panko, and then into the hot oil they go! It only takes a minute or two on each side, so don’t wander too far. Once the fried cheese is golden brown, I remove the discs from the oil and let them rest on a plate lined with paper towels for a minute or two.
The salad portion can consist of whatever you like – we prefer a mixture of arugula and baby spinach, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes and beets if we have them. Air fryer chickpeas, chopped walnuts or sunflower kernels also add a delicious crunch. In terms of dressing… again, it’s whatever you fancy! We typically opt for a simple drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze, or the green goddess dressing from Trader Joe’s.
And there you have it! Super simple, insanely yummy. Are there any restaurant favorites that you’ve attempted at home? Let me know in the comments – many thanks for being here, as always. xo