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Fried Goat Cheese Beet Salad

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This fried goat cheese beet salad is the perfect mealtime salad. If you think goat cheese is delicious just wait until it’s coated in bread crumbs and lightly fried!

Fried Goat Cheese Beet Salad by Nutmeg Nanny

During the summer, I crave all things salad. I eat them for lunch and dinner and pack them full of all the toppings! In this case, I’m throwing in fried goat cheese rounds, pickled red beets and crunchy toasted walnuts. Plus with the addition of all those topping this salad can totally be a filling meal. It’s great with grilled chicken too.

Now if you have never had fried goat cheese you’re in for a treat. It’s super crispy on the outside but it still creamy and flavorful on the inside. It’s truly a treat that I suggest making as soon as possible!

Fried Goat Cheese Beet Salad by Nutmeg Nanny


Fried Goat Cheese Beet Salad

This fried goat cheese beet salad is the perfect mealtime salad. If you think goat cheese is delicious just wait until it's coated in bread crumbs and lightly fried!

Yield: 2-4 servings


For pickled beets:

  • 2 regular sized fresh red beets
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder

For fried goat cheese:

  • 16 ounce log fresh goat cheese
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Italian blend seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Olive oil

For salad:

  • 8 cups mixed baby greens
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted


For beets:
Cut off beet tops and slice beets into four equal pieces. Add to small pot and cover with water. Boil for about 30 minutes until soft. You do not want them falling apart, just fork tender.

Rinse and immediately cool down by running cold water over the beets. Using your hands simply rub the peel of the beet off. It should come off very easily at this point.

Chop beets into bite-size pieces or slices.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, olive oil and dry mustard powder. Add in cut beets, toss and let sit for at least 30 minutes at room temperature.

For fried goat cheese:
Freeze your goat cheese for about 30 minutes until it’s solid but not totally frozen.

While your cheese is hardening mix together panko bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, set aside. Set up a breading line in the following order: flour, egg, bread crumbs, parchment/wax paper covered large wooden cutting board.

Remove cheese from freezer and slice into 1/2 inch rounds by using plain dental floss or a knife. If using a knife make sure to wipe it off after each cut to stop it from crumbling.

If any of your pieces fall apart just pat it together and try to keep a somewhat round shape. It does not have to be perfect.

Take goat cheese rounds and dip in flour, then egg and then coat in panko/herb mixture. Lay onto lined cutting board. Continue until all slices have been coated.

If your cheese is really soft pop it into the freezer for about 5 minutes to chill.

Take a large high-sided skillet, cover the bottom with olive oil and add to range over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, fry goat cheese rounds until crispy on both sides.

Gently remove fried goat cheese from the skillet onto a paper towel lined plate to help soak up any remaining olive oil. Serve fried goat cheese warm.

For salad:
Lay out two large salad bowls (for a dinner sized salad) or four smaller salad bowls and add 4 cups lettuce to the larger bowls or 2 cups mixed green per smaller bowls. Top with equal amounts pickled beets and walnuts. Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Top each salad with an equal amount of goat cheese rounds. You should get enough for at least 2 – 3 rounds per salad.

shailini sisodia

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

hi, just saw this recipe ( crispy goat cheese rounds with the salad) Doesn't make sense - a whole pound of goat cheese for 2??? And , says to slice cheese 1/2 inch thick - you will definitely get more than 4 to 6 slices if you do that!! ( the recipe says should be enough to have 2 to 3 rounds per salad) Please check your writing before you post - arghhh!! Too many people don't


Sunday 11th of February 2018

Hi Shailini - the recipes serves 2 people. So if you 4-6 rounds per pound of goat cheese you can then serve 2-3 rounds per salad.


Monday 3rd of June 2013

Fried goat cheese is one of the best things on Earth! I never had it with beets! What a mouth-watering salad! Your pictures belong in a magazine.

Bree {Skinny Mommy}

Monday 3rd of June 2013

I have an obsession with fried goat cheese so this looks amazing!


Sunday 2nd of June 2013

That crispy goat cheese looks AMAZING!! Definitely want to dive into that salad!


Sunday 2nd of June 2013

I've never had fried goat cheese - can you believe that? That's something I need to remedy immediately I think.