What’s better than salad with roasted beets, oranges, peaches and goat cheese? Crispy fried and golden goat cheese, of course!!
This is one of those salads that makes you look like a professional in the kitchen. Not only because it tastes amazing but because it looks beautiful!! Of course if you are feeling less artistic, you can always just chop up all your ingredients (minus the cheese), mix and serve. But if you want to impress your family and friends, this salad definitely has a wow factor!
Oh where to start? The crispy, crunchy and golden on the outside tangy goat cheese that is still warm and creamy in the inside pairs beautifully with the beets (goat cheese + beets = classic & perfect combo). The sweetness of the oranges and the honey in the vinaigrette really takes it to the next level.
I developed this recipe for a restaurant in Southern California. The golden coins of heavenly cheese were so popular we started serving them as small tapas drizzled with orange and lavender honey. Diners loved them and it seems like we couldn’t make them fast enough!!
If you are worried about the oh!~ not so healthy fried cheese part of the salad, just remember you are not eating a dozen of these morsels! -I mean you could – they are delicious and totally addictive but one is enough for a serving. So like me, try to restrain yourself from eating the whole cheese log!
If peaches are not in season, feel free to omit them from the recipe.
- You can make/assemble the cheese coins ahead of time. Covered, they will keep in the refrigerator for up to one day. Fry them close to serving time for best results.
- Before frying them, make sure they are cold (in the restaurant we would sometimes freeze them for 10 minutes before frying). If fried at room temperature, they can pop open in the hot skillet. Delicious yes, but not pretty!
- The vinaigrette can be kept at room temperature for up to 24 hours and refrigerated for 3-4 days.
- Why do I roast my beets? I want to be able to put them in the oven and forget them! I am not great at pot watching so if I can use the oven I go for it!
- No time for beet roasting? They are sold already cooked at amazon and on some markets. In a pinch, you can use canned.
- Any type of baby lettuce mix works well for this recipe.