• Baby Kale Salad with Fried Goat Cheese & Balsamic Pomegranate Dressing
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Baby Kale Salad with Fried Goat Cheese & Balsamic Pomegranate Dressing

Recipe by: Noreen Wasti

Brightland's Chef in Residence, Noreen Wasti, has shared a zingy, crunchy and creamy salad recipe for the new year.

"The best vessel for hearty greens is a tangy, punchy salad dressing. This recipe uses Brightland’s RAPTURE balsamic vinegar with tart pomegranate molasses creating a glossy coating for this wintry salad. The real star is the fried goat cheese on top — it feels a little early 2000s, but trust me it’s good. Goat cheese rounds are coated in seasoned panko breadcrumbs and fried until crispy. No boring salads over here!" - Noreen Wasti

For the Balsamic Pomegranate Dressing


For the Fried Goat Cheese


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp aleppo pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp nigella seeds
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 10 ounce log chèvre goat cheese, sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds
  • 1/4 cup Brightland AWAKE olive oil, for frying

For the Baby Kale Salad



  • 1 Combine the shallot, RAPTURE vinegar, pomegranate molasses, AWAKE olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk until emulsified.
  • 2 Set up a dredging station. Place flour in a dish and season with salt and pepper. In another dish, beat the egg with 1/4 cup of water and season with salt and pepper. Place panko breadcrumbs in a third dish with onion powder, aleppo pepper, oregano, nigella seeds, salt, and pepper — mix until combined.
  • 3 Coat the goat cheese rounds in the flour, then the egg mixture, then the panko breadcrumbs — making sure each piece is breaded evenly. Repeat for remaining rounds.
  • 4 Heat a pan over medium-high heat with AWAKE olive oil.
  • 5 Fry the goat cheese rounds until golden brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • 6 Lay the baby kale on a large platter and top with sliced apples.
  • 7 Spoon the dressing evenly over the salad into all the layers.
  • 8 Top with the warm crispy goat cheese rounds and serve immediately.