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Honey Pecan & Goat Cheese Salad

I once made this salad for my wife and son—who loves goat cheese—while our homemade pizza was baking. One of my dreams is to own a herd of goats and make cheese, but when I talk about it with my wife, the result is major eye rolls! —Greg Fontenot The Woodlands, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon honey, divided
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 8 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 4 cups spring mix salad greens


  • In a shallow microwave-safe dish, combine pecans and 2 teaspoons honey; microwave, uncovered, on high 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until toasted, stirring twice. Immediately transfer to waxed paper-lined baking sheet to cool.
  • For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk 1/3 cup oil, vinegar, remaining honey, salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Place flour, egg and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Shape cheese into eight balls; flatten slightly. Coat cheese with flour, then dip in egg and coat with bread crumbs.
  • Heat remaining oil in a large skillet over medium-hight heat. Fry cheese 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • Divide salad greens among four plates; top with cheese. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with honey pecans.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 570 calories, 47g fat (10g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 763mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.
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  • Callie
    Jun 23, 2020

    So so good!! I fried my goat cheese in the deep fryer and oh my goodness!!! I'll be dreaming about it till next time!

  • admiller
    Dec 13, 2011

    Excellent salad. I added Pomegranetes to this salad and it was really good.

  • rhissong
    Sep 28, 2011

    It was so good, especially with garlic and chives in the goat cheese! A keeper for sure..