If you’ve been reading my blog, or you know me, you know one of my favorite things is going out to eat. Unfortunately, going out to eat all of the time is not a very sustainable way of life. First, because I’m broke, second because, as a nutrition student, I know that that’s probably not very good for you. So one of my other favorite things is taking dishes I see at restaurants and creating my own version. This usually proves to be both cheaper and healthier.
So, while at brunch this weekend at Cameron Bar & Grill, my boyfriend spotted a delicious looking salad. But, lets be honest, who wants salad for brunch right? So rather than ordering it at the restaurant, I decided to just make it for dinner one night instead!
Fried Goat Cheese Salad
(makes 2 salads)
1 5oz bag 50/50 Baby Spinach and Spring Greens mix
1 small apple of choice, diced
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts
2-4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
2-4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 oz log of goat cheese
1/2 cup panic bread crumbs
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup flour (or enough to coat cheese)
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
Start by frying the goat cheese. Combine bread crumbs, thyme, basil, and oregano in one shallow bowl. Place beaten eggs in another bowl, and flour in a third bowl. Slice the log of goat cheese to make individual pieces. Take goat cheese and first coat in flour, next coat it in egg, and finally coat it in bread crumbs. Once you have done this for all of the goat cheese, heat a frying pan with 1-2 tbsp of olive oil to coat the bottom. Place goat cheese in the pan and cook until the outside becomes golden brown, this should only take a few minutes. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown as well. Once the goat cheese is cooked, set them aside to cool while you prepare the rest of the salad.
Separate the mixed greens into two separate bowls. Top with walnuts, dried cranberries, crumbled bacon, and chopped apple. Drizzle as much balsamic vinegar as desired. Top with 2-3 pieces of fried goat cheese, and dig in!
This salad was actually even better than I expected it to be. I know that they fried goat cheese looks complicated because its a long paragraph, but I promise it was super simple and only took maybe 10 minutes in total. My boyfriend actually ate this with no dressing at all and said it was delicious, but I prefer it with a little balsamic vinegar.
What restaurant dishes do you with you could recreate at home?