Harvest Warm Goat Cheese Salad

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 5 ounce goat cheese log
  • 2 egg whites, lightly whisked
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp cereal
  • 1 lb. lacinato kale
  • 2 Fuyu persimmons
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries


Vinaigrette

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Dash of salt and pepper



Instructions

Assemble the Vinaigrette
 In a small mixing bowl, add in the spoonfuls of mustard and honey. Pour in the vinegar. Then drizzle in the olive oil, and while drizzling, whisk the vinaigrette today. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.


Assemble the Salad
Cut the stems out of the center of the kale. Arrange kale leaves for a chiffonade (stack kale leaves on top of one another and with one hand press down on them to hold them in place while the other hand begins cutting the kale into thin strips.) Place the kale strips into a large bowl. Add in the persimmon chunks and dried cranberries. Then drizzle in the dressing over the kale salad. With tongs, distribute the dressing so all the leaves are well coated. Next, place your hands in the kale salad and begin massaging the dressing into the leaves. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.

While the salad is set aside, place your almonds in a small pan over medium heat or toaster oven and toast until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside.


Assemble the Goat Cheese Rounds
Place Buckwheat & Hemp cereal in a food processor with paprika, a pinch of salt and pepper and pulse until coarsely ground. Place the cereal meal in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the egg whites. On a cutting board, slice 4 ½ inch rounds of goat cheese from the cheese log. Dip the goat cheese rounds into the egg and shake off any excess egg. Then dip and roll them in the cereal meal until all sides are coated. Place on a plate until all rounds have been assembled.

In a large saucepan, pour in olive oil and turn heat onto medium. Once the base is hot enough and slick with oil, add in a few cheese rounds, but don’t overcrowd the pan. Cook on each side for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the cheese rounds and place on a plate. Keep cooking the cheese rounds until all have been cooked.


Assemble Serving Plates
With your tongs, distribute the kale salad evenly over 6 plates. Make sure each plate has some of the cranberries and persimmons so each guest gets a pop of color and flavor. Sprinkle the almonds over each plate, equally distributing them. Place one crispy goat cheese round on each plate and serve.

Source: Annelies