A very simple salad that looks a lot more involved than it is!


Recipe Summary

20 mins
3 mins
23 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Pull off small pieces of goat cheese and roll into dime-sized balls.

  • Pour panko bread crumbs into a bowl; roll goat cheese balls in crumbs until coated.

  • Heat olive oil and garlic in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir goat cheese balls in the hot oil for 15 to 30 seconds. Scoop them back into the bowl of bread crumbs to create a second coating. Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet.

  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Broil goat cheese balls, shaking baking sheet every 30 seconds to 1 minute to ensure even browning, about 2 minutes.

  • Toss arugula with remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Divide among 4 serving bowls; top each bowl with warm goat cheese balls.

Nutrition Facts

360 calories; protein 8.1g 16% DV; carbohydrates 13.2g 4% DV; fat 31.2g 48% DV; cholesterol 22.4mg 8% DV; sodium 411.6mg 17% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
One word comes to mind when I think back on last nights dinner and this recipe. WOW! My store did not have arugula on its own so I used a spring mix that had some in there. It was dominantly baby spinach leaves and it worked nicely in this too. I anticipated trouble with the goat cheese balls so I took an extra step to make sure it didn't happen. I don't know if this was necessary or not but I'll share what I did anyways. Goat cheese is soft to begin with and gets really soft once you start rolling it into balls. After my balls were rolled and coated in the breadcrumb I stuck them in freezer for 30 minutes. I wanted them as chilled and firm as they could be prior to dropping them in that hot oil. Again, I don't know if that step was even necessary but it worked like a charm. One thing I do know for sure is that you have to watch these closely. Once you see the cheese starting to bubble pull them out of the oven. This would be a great recipe for impressing guests. The flavor is great and the fried goat cheese makes a lovely presentation. The only thing I will do differently next time is double the dressing. Read More