Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all doing well 🙂 I’m excited to share my first fall recipe with you all! Where are all my salad lovers? This recipe is especially for you!! I had fun creating Mare’s Harvest Salad. If you know me, you know my love for salads. I can eat them all day everyday! So many wonderful flavors in this salad from pecans, apples, pickled red onions, and panko breaded goat cheese balls. The cider dijon vinaigrette that I made for this salad goes perfectly with all of the fall flavors in this salad. You definitely need to add this harvest salad to the top of your must make recipe list! I hope you enjoy this salad if you make it. Have a great weekend everyone!
Mare’s Harvest Salad
2 cups mixed spring greens (use your favorite spring mix)
1/4 cup pecans (If you don’t like pecans you can substitute walnuts or any other nut)
6-8 pickled red onion slices (If you need a recipe to make pickled red onions please refer to my Greek Goddess Salad)
1 gala apple, diced
4 ounces soft goat cheese (I bought a log shaped)
1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup panko
Parsley, chopped for garnish (optional)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
How to make goat cheese balls
Take apart goat cheese log and roll into 8, roughly 1″ diameter balls. Transfer to a plate and freeze for about 10-12 minutes. Take two bowls and pour olive oil into one and the other one add panko, paprika and cayenne pepper. Stir panko mixture well and set aside. Take out goat cheese balls from the freezer after they have been in there for 10-12 minutes. Place goat cheese ball in olive oil first, then lightly press in the panko mixture. Repeat this process until all the goat cheese balls are coated in panko mixture. If you are using an air fryer, put goat cheese balls in the basket and cook for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. If you are going to fry the goat cheese balls, heat a little oil in a frying pan. Make sure frying pan is hot. Fry goat cheese balls until they are browned on all sides. Once the goat cheese balls are done cooking, transfer to a plate and garnish with parsley (optional). Set aside until you assemble salad.
To assemble salad
In a small bowl make salad dressing. Stir until all ingredients are mixed well. Set dressing aside until you are ready to pour over salad. In a large salad bowl, mix together spring mix greens, pecans, apples, and pickled onions. Pour salad dressing over salad and toss well. Make sure salad is coated well in dressing. Lastly, place 4 goat cheese balls on top of salad. Enjoy!