Warm Goat Cheese Salad

Warm Goat Cheese Salad

Every night is date night when you’re married. Or, as my friends who have kids might say, “Every night is date night when you’re married without children*.” It’s true that as a young couple in a new town we get to spend a lot of time together. I love dates and am always looking for a reason to qualify something as a date. You can imagine me during our first month of marriage saying, “Hey…we’re on a date again!” Although we enjoy going out to restaurants and to dinner parties, date nights at home can be very special. Cooking our favorite food, sipping wine, and lighting candles at the dinner table help us both focus on each other and realize how good this love thing is.

This warm goat cheese salad is the perfect dish for date night. The velvety warm goat cheese fresh out of the oven adds decadence to the salad that pairs well with the tart and sweet cranberries.

*Kids love goat cheese! At least, the kids in my family sure do. Dad would say (in a goat voice), “Go-o-o-oat cheese is go-o-od!” I thought it was hilarious and that he was exactly right, it is go-o-od. If you have kids, be sure to let them in on date night when you’re serving this salad.


4 large handfuls baby spinach leaves

40 pistachios, shelled

1 cup sweet cranberries

4 half-inch slices goat cheese

2 egg whites, lightly beaten

1 cup Italian bread crumbs

Favorite vinaigrette dressing


Preheat oven to 350°. Using your hands, place each piece of goat cheese in the egg whites, then transfer to the bread crumbs. Pat bread crumbs around the goat cheese and place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick coating. Bake goat cheese for 12 minutes, or until soft and golden brown.

Prepare each salad plate with one handful of spinach, 10 pistachios and 1/4 cup cranberries.

Using a spatula, transfer one warm goat cheese slice atop each salad. Drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette.


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Comments (8)

  • Sarah 5 years ago Reply

    yum! you’re totally right about the ‘every night is date night’ thing. that’s our attitude too 🙂

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks, Sarah! Yes, it’s a good mindset to have. Take care!

  • Nikki 5 years ago Reply

    Yay to date night! Every Friday night is date night, to me. And I like your salad! To elevate it up one more notch, soak your pistachios in wine or port–So amazingly delicious …

    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Hi Nikki! I haven’t heard of soaking pistachios in wine! Do they get soggy?

  • Young Wifey 5 years ago Reply


    The Newlywed Chefs 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks for stopping by! Your schnitzel looks sehr gut! 🙂

  • Lindsey 5 years ago Reply

    Pistachios, huh? I love it. Anything topped with goat cheese is bound to be a winner.

  • Nikki 5 years ago Reply

    The pistachios get softer, but not soggy. Soak them for just 10 minutes and you can warm and toast them a little in a dry, hot pan if you’re worried about them being too soft.

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