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Grilled Chicken & Goat Cheese Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

If you're looking for something light, easy, and delicious, this salad is just the thing!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Donya | asouthernsoul.com

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 goat cheese log (8 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 5 cups mixed lettuces
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries - sliced
  • 1 cucumber - thinly sliced
  • 3 grilled chicken breasts - sliced

Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup quartered fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions

Salad

  • Cut goat cheese log into 8 rounds. Gently press each round to 1/2-inch thickness on a baking sheet lined with parchment and freeze 20 minutes.
  • Place flour in a small bowl. Whisk together the egg and milk in a second small bowl. Combine the panko, salt, and pepper in a third small bowl. Dredge goat cheese rounds in flour, dip in egg mixture, and dredge in panko mixture until coated. Place on a plate, and chill until all goat cheese rounds are breaded.
  • Heat oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium until hot. Add goat cheese rounds to skillet, and cook until golden brown on each side, 3 to 4 minutes total. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Arrange salad greens on a serving platter; top with strawberries, cucumber, onion, and goat cheese croutons. Drizzle with vinaigrette.

Vinaigrette

  • Toss together strawberries, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Let stand 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the strawberry mixture to a blender, and process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Turn blender on low, and gradually add olive oil in a slow, steady stream.
  • Return mixture to bowl, and whisk in poppy seeds. Whisk vinaigrette just before serving.