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Crispy Goat Cheese-Topped Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 1 hr, 50 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
Dip a knife in hot water to get clean slices of cheese.

Ingredients

  • 4 (4-oz.) goat cheese logs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (5-oz.) containers baby arugula
  • 4 large navel oranges, peeled and sectioned
  • Pomegranate Vinaigrette

How to Make It

  1. Cut each goat cheese log into 6 (1/2-inch) slices. Combine flour and pepper in a shallow dish. Whisk together egg whites and 2 Tbsp. water in another shallow dish. Place panko in a third shallow dish. Dredge goat cheese in flour mixture, dip in egg mixture, and dredge in panko. Arrange goat cheese in a single layer in an aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan; cover and chill 30 minutes to 4 hours.

  2. Cook half of goat cheese rounds in 2 Tbsp. hot olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining olive oil and goat cheese rounds.

  3. Divide arugula and orange sections among 8 plates; drizzle with Pomegranate Vinaigrette. Top each salad with 3 goat cheese rounds.