Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons

Make ordinary extraordinary by adding Goat Cheese Croutons to your fresh Strawberry Salad! Looks fancy but super easy to make. This gluten-free and vegetarian salad is perfect for entertaining or anytime you want something a little special.

Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons

Fresh greens, juicy berries, crispy goat cheese croutons, crunchy pistachios and a tangy Balsamic Dressing topped with fresh mint.

Nothing says Spring and Summer like a refreshing Strawberry salad…  add some goat cheese croutons and this simple salad is transformed  into something extraordinary!

Perfect for entertaining or anytime you want something a little special and satisfying.

It’s starts with the classic Strawberry salad but instead of goat cheese crumbles, we’ve added goat cheese croutons which take less than 15 minutes to make and are out of this world!

Just  4 simple ingredients + Easy Goat Cheese Croutons + a tangy Balsamic Dressing pack a punch of flavor and textures!

All you need…Fresh spinach and baby lettuces, juicy strawberries, creamy goat cheese and crunchy salted pistachios, an easy Balsamic Vinaigrette and  fresh mint.  SO much goodness and so yummy!

The croutons are easy to make.  You slice goat cheese logs into rounds, then coat each round first in flour, then egg, then panko bread crumbs and set aside.

When they are all prepped, simply saute them for 2-3 minutes per side over medium heat until crispy. I then set them on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.  These can be made ahead of time and heated up when ready to serve.

And they are delicious! Crispy outside, creamy center and melt in your mouth delicious!

The entire salad is tossed in a simple tangy Balsamic Vinaigrette made with just 5 ingredients… Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), balsamic vinegar, shallots, dijon mustard and garlic powder.

 

All Spring and Summer, this salad is perfect as a main dish with a protein of your choice, or as a side salad for something fresh and simple while entertaining whether for Easter, a Spring brunch, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any party or bbq.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if you try.

Recipe

Summer Strawberry Salad
 
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Go from ordinary to extraordinary by adding Goat Cheese Croutons to your fresh Strawberry Salad! Looks fancy but super easy to make. This gluten-free and vegetarian salad is perfect for entertaining or anytime you want something a little special.
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Recipe type: Salads, Sides
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
Salad
  • 1 5 oz box fresh baby Spinach or hearty greens (I used mostly spinach plus a handful or two of baby lettuce)
  • Approximately 8-10 Fresh Strawberries, halved (Add more or less to your liking depending on the size)
  • ¼ - ½ cup dried roasted pistachios
  • Fresh mint to garnish (or more to taste)
Goat Cheese Croutons
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour
  • ½ cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs
  • 2 4 oz goat cheese log (will give you about 12 croutons and allow for some breakage when cutting the cheese)
  • Olive oil to coat pan (about 1-2 tablespoons)
Balsamic-Shallot Vinaigrette
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped shallots
  • dash of garlic powder
Instructions
Goat Cheese Croutons
  1. Cut goat cheese into ¼ -1/2 inch slices using a very sharp knife (a cheese cutting knife preferably)
  2. Set up an assembly line with 1 bowl with the egg, whisked, 1 bowl flour, 1 bowl with the panko crumbs.
  3. One at a time, dip a goat cheese slice into flour, shake off excess, then egg, shake off excess, then panko. Set aside on a plate until they are all done.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. You want the oil to be hot enough to sizzle when you put the crouton in.
  5. Cook the croutons for abut 2-3 minutes each side depending on how crispy you want them.
  6. Alternatively, you could bake the croutons. Bake in a preheat 400 degree F oven for 10 minutes.
Dressing
  1. Whisk together all ingredients.
Assemble
  1. Place spinach and greens, strawberries and pistachios in a large bowl. Add dressing to taste and toss. Top with goat cheese croutons and fresh mint.

 

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