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Green Salad with Baked Goat Cheese

 Green Salad with Baked Goat Cheese
I combined my favorite parts of a variety of salads to create this masterpiece. The warm baked cheese and crunchy croutons are wonderful complements to the crisp salad greens.—Deb Morris, Wevertown, New York
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 log (4 ounces) fresh goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 package (5 ounces) spring mix salad greens
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup Caesar salad croutons
  • Salad dressing of your choice

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cut goat cheese into eight slices; brush
  • both sides with olive oil and coat with bread crumbs. Place on an
  • ungreased baking sheet. Bake 5-6 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
  • In a large bowl, combine salad greens, cranberries, walnuts and
  • bacon; transfer to a platter. Top with cheese and croutons. Serve
  • with dressing of your choice.
  • Yield: 8 servings.
To Make Ahead: This salad is quick to throw together but to save even more time, coat the cheese ahead of time and bake just

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Editor's Note: before serving.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup salad with 1 slice goat cheese (calculated without dressing) equals 148 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 192 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.