Arugula Salad with Fried Goat Cheese

Arugula Salad With Fried Goat Cheese

I’m excited to share this recipe for Arugula Salad with Fried Goat Cheese. It’s an easy, healthy side dish that is perfect for summer BBQs. I found the original recipe on a blog called “Culinary Concoctions.” The author’s note about how she came up with the idea of frying goat cheese was so clever and made me chuckle out loud! My kids loved it too because they could have their own little fried pieces of cheese- which means less fighting at dinner time 🙂
prep: 20 mins cook: 3 mins total: 23 mins Servings: 4 Yield: 4 servings


1 tablespoon minced garlic

½ cup Italian-style panko bread crumbs, or as needed

1 (4 ounce) log goat cheese

6 cups arugula

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, or to taste

6 tablespoons olive oil, divided, or to taste

salt and ground black pepper to taste


Pull off small pieces of goat cheese and roll into dime-sized balls.

Pour panko bread crumbs into a bowl; roll goat cheese balls in crumbs until coated.

Heat olive oil and garlic in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir goat cheese balls in the hot oil for 15 to 30 seconds. Scoop them back into the bowl of bread crumbs to create a second coating. Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet.

Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler.

Broil goat cheese balls, shaking baking sheet every 30 seconds to 1 minute to ensure even browning, about 2 minutes.

Toss arugula with remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Divide among 4 serving bowls; top each bowl with warm goat cheese balls.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving: 360 calories; protein 8.1g; carbohydrates 13.2g; fat 31.2g; cholesterol 22.4mg; sodium 411.6mg.

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