Mixed Greens with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Fried Goat Cheese Croutons

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Olive oil, for drizzling

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1 cup pecans

6 to 8 cups mixed greens 

1 ripe pear, such as D'anjou, cored and sliced into 1/4-inch slices 


1/4 cup champagne vinegar

1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 

1 teaspoon honey 

1 teaspoon country Dijon mustard 

1 small shallot, finely chopped 

1/2 cup olive oil 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Goat Cheese Croutons:

3/4 cup vegetable oil

One 8-ounce log goat cheese

1/4 cup all-purpose flour 

1 large egg, slightly beaten 

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 


For the salad: Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until tender and starting to brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool.

Meanwhile, toast the pecans in a large skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool, then chop.

For the vinaigrette: Whisk together the champagne vinegar, orange juice, honey, Dijon and shallot in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil; season with some salt and pepper.

For the goat cheese croutons: Heat the vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Slice the goat cheese into 8 equal rounds. Add to 3 shallow dishes, the flour, egg and panko. Coat each goat cheese round with flour, then egg and then panko, shaking off excess, and fry until golden on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a paper-towel lined rack or plate.

To assemble the salad, toss the greens, pear, pecans and tomatoes in a large bowl. Drizzle with some vinaigrette and gently toss to fully combine. Divide the salad among 4 salad plates, top each with 2 goat cheese croutons, and serve.

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