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Spring Greens with Candied Meyer Lemons and Spicy Fried Goat Cheese I

Candy on a salad!

Well, sort of.

Spring Greens with Candied Meyer Lemons and Spicy Fried Goat Cheese I

I have gone nutso over candied citrus since my cousin Lacy and I first made these candied citrus peels for the holidays a few years ago. I am telling you… it’s like once you pop, you just can’t stop. That stuff is addictive. And meyer lemon season is one of my favorite seasons – even though I can only find these babies for like 23 seconds every year – because CANDIED meyer lemon is to die for. It’s totally worth it. I might like it more than grapefruit. Maybe.

And don’t be freaked out about eating whole slices!

I mean, if you really want to freak out. Last year I put them ON A PIZZA.

You can do it. I promise.

Spring Greens with Candied Meyer Lemons and Spicy Fried Goat Cheese I

This is my early year version of this autumn arugula salad, but with spring things. Obviously.

Since I barely know what a salad is without cheese, I pan fried a little goat cheese – goat cheese that is crusted in breadcrumbs and crushed hot pepper flakes. Crushed. I love the word crushed.

Crispy goat cheese was one of the first things I put on a salad that made it on to this blog way back in the day. Ohhhh the embarrassment. In this recipe, it’s tangy with a little heat. The perfect compliment to the sticky and sweet lemon rounds.

This whole shebang is also one of those salads that doesn’t seem super filling but surprisingly is. It’s tossed in a honey, champagne and ginger vinaigrette which is my new favorite five second dressing. Of course. All good things come with a slice of bread though, so you should probably do that.

Spring Greens with Candied Meyer Lemons and Spicy Fried Goat Cheese I

Oh and let’s talk about how I was so thrilled to share this springlike salad with you and then it started snowing. And icing. And being all 19 degrees below zero today and what not. Perhaps I should just cook a big fat Thanksgiving dinner and I’ll be rewarded with summer?

Spring Greens with Candied Meyer Lemons and Spicy Fried Goat Cheese I


Spring Greens with Candied Meyer Lemons and Spicy Fried Goat Cheese

Yield: serves 2 to 4

Prep Time: 2 hours for lemons


2 meyer lemons, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (I prefer organic when eating the rind)
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 (8-ounce) goat cheese log, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
8 cups spring greens
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted

honey ginger vinaigrette
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 garlic clove, freshly grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup olive oil


Carefully remove any large seed from the lemon slices. Add the water and sugar to a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, whisking until the sugar dissolves. Once boiling, add the lemon slices and reduce the heat to medium low or just until it's simmering. Cover the pan with a piece of parchment paper and simmer until the lemon peels are translucent, about 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the slices to cool completely in the syrup. Once cooled, transfer them to a wire rack and allow to dry completely. You can save the syrup and store it in the fridge.

In a bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, garlic powder and pepper flakes. To make the goat cheese, heat a skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Dip each goat cheese slice in the beaten egg then into the breadcrumb mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Place the goat cheese in the hot oil and cook until golden on both sides but not melted, about 1 minute per side. Carefully remove and set aside.

Assemble the salad by tossing the greens with some dressing. Add in the tomatoes and walnuts, tossing once more. Place the candied lemon slices and goat cheese on top. Serve with extra dressing if desired.

honey ginger vinaigrette
Combine vinegar, honey, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl and whisk together. Stream in the olive oil while constantly whisking until the dressing comes together. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

[lemon method from martha]

Spring Greens with Candied Meyer Lemons and Spicy Fried Goat Cheese I

Um. That cheese. hello.

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57 Responses to “Spring Greens with Candied Meyer Lemons and Spicy Fried Goat Cheese.”

  1. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — March 13, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    Fried goat cheese and lemons? Sounds awesome!


  2. #
    Molly (Yes to Yolks) — March 13, 2014 @ 7:15 am

    Beautiful salad! I ALSO love meyer lemons. I have such a hard time finding them…but when I do, it makes my whole day! Anything with goat cheese is on my favs list…but this spicy version sounds (and looks) delicious. Oozy in the best way possible. YUM.


  3. #
    vicky — March 13, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    fried goat cheese is so freaking good… must make asap


  4. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — March 13, 2014 @ 7:25 am

    Fried goat cheese = best salad EVER


  5. #
    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — March 13, 2014 @ 7:31 am

    Mmm! my kind of Smart thinking Thursday salad. Enough of a party for Friday but still sensational enough for a mid week meal. Delicious!


  6. #
    Kristina C — March 13, 2014 @ 7:31 am

    This looks Ahhh-mazing! Can’t wait to try it.
    Also, your inspiration board is where I would like to live currently – hence the constant re-pinning! Love.It.


  7. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — March 13, 2014 @ 7:46 am

    This looks to DIE for!! I love seeing nice springy ingredients popping up on my favourite food blogs – it gives me hope that winter will eventually end! And candied citrus – I’ve never done it but you’ve piqued my interest. Add it to my to do list!


  8. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — March 13, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    Oooh, haven’t candied meyer lemons before! You should lightly frying lemons (similar to calamari). It sounds weird, but it is amazing! One of my fave restaurants in DC does that and serves it on a fried platter of sorts with lots of other goodies.

    This looks delicious!


  9. #
    Katrina @ WVS — March 13, 2014 @ 8:03 am

    I’m crazy for salad too and am excited to (maybe) see more salad recipes pop up on here!! You always make my favorite creations…


  10. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — March 13, 2014 @ 8:09 am

    This salad is like a breath of fresh air. It’s not your fault the weather hasn’t caught up to what’s going on in your kitchen.


  11. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 13, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    Candied meyer lemons AND fried goat cheese…I want this! Pinned :)


  12. #
    Kara @ Drop of Kindness — March 13, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    This is the first time ever that salad for breakfast has sounded appealing. Well done. (Now if only I had some lemons to candy.)


  13. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — March 13, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    Candied + Fried Cheese + Salad. Are you cooking the secret to world peace???


  14. #
    Tieghan — March 13, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    Why have I never tried candid lemons? This salad looks like all kind of awesome!


  15. #
    Kim in MD — March 13, 2014 @ 9:03 am

    You had me at fried goat cheese-yum!


  16. #
    Kier — March 13, 2014 @ 9:07 am

    I love making candied citrus. Chocolate cover chocolate orange peels…best holiday gift ever.

    The flavors of this salad sound really delicious.


  17. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — March 13, 2014 @ 10:34 am

    Love that way that fried goat cheese looks! If there were always candied things on salads I would totally eat them more often. Like everyday!


  18. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — March 13, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    I am sitting here swooning over the goat cheese patties.


  19. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — March 13, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    FRIED goat cheese? Whoa.


  20. #
    Linda — March 13, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    wait, what what? Candied meyer lemons on a pizza?! gah…

    this salad looks delicious btw. I love fried goat cheese, but it’s 20 degrees outside and i’m psychologically not ready for salad yet!


  21. #
    Gaby — March 13, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    Dat cheeeeeeze.


  22. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — March 13, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

    THAT GOAT CHEESE. Dying over here. It looks heavenly.


  23. #
    whatjessicabakednext — March 13, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

    This looks super delicious! Love deep-fried goat’s cheese- definitely need to make this!


  24. #
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — March 13, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    Sign me up for THIS!! I love this candied lemon idea.


  25. #
    Becky — March 13, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    I want to bathe in that fried goat cheese, you perfect betch.


  26. #
    Meg — March 13, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    This looks faaaaaaantastic, and is seriously beautiful! I’d be all over it.


  27. #
    Christina @ Every Little Thing She Does... — March 13, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

    I need that fried goat cheese. Like, yesterday.


  28. #
    emily (a nutritionist eats) — March 13, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

    You had me at fried goat cheese. :)


  29. #
    Lisa @ Simple Pairings — March 13, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

    So beautiful! I’ve been on such a mixed greens kick, and salads with a bit of fruit just make me so happy. Color, zest, zing – just the best. Yours looks delicious!


  30. #
    Larry — March 13, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

    My cheeks (on my FACE, gutter-mind) totally puckered looking at those lemons. MMmmmm


  31. #
    Sarah @ Sarah Cooks the Books — March 13, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    There’s nothing I don’t love about this salad. You pretty much had me at goat cheese!


  32. #
    Megan — March 13, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

    Oh my gosh… the lemons and the goat cheese and the ginger. Yes, please. Bring on spring!


  33. #
    Rachel @ The Creole Woman — March 13, 2014 @ 9:03 pm

    okay…this is an oh my gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh salad! I just have to try this. Maybe it will get Spring to stop hibernating and show up in the NYC. Sick of this brick cold weather {sniffles and drops mic…lol}


  34. #
    Erica — March 13, 2014 @ 9:38 pm

    Whoa hello, you had me at spicy fried goat cheese. I’m so ready for salads!


  35. #
    The Gilded Sprout — March 14, 2014 @ 12:01 am

    This looks great! I am always a sucker for fried cheese and cannot wait for te weather to warm up so that I can try this!


  36. #
    ATasteOfMadness — March 14, 2014 @ 12:33 am

    What a gorgeous salad!! I would SO go for these candied meyer lemons any day ;)


  37. #
    Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) — March 14, 2014 @ 2:29 am

    I love everything about this. Everything. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about salad! :D


  38. #
    Tia Newton — March 14, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    I just died looking at this. good gracious this looks amazing!


  39. #
    Kamila @ Sensual Appeal — March 14, 2014 @ 11:18 am

    Oh my goodness, how beautiful is this?! :) I love the lemons!


  40. #
    Megan @ Lush to Blush — March 14, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

    This looks amazing!!! I have to try the fried goat cheese. I live for cheese.

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush


  41. #
    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — March 14, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    This looks freaking amazing, it is like being naughty and nice at the same time! My kind of salad ;) Pinning for later! YUM!


  42. #
    Julia @ hungryandconfused — March 14, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    You had me at “spicy fried goat cheese” :)


  43. #
    Skye — March 14, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

    I love how you’ve used candied peel here – stunning combination. And I love the fried goats cheese too – heavenly.


  44. #
    Jess @ Keeping It Real Food — March 14, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

    Um, fried goat cheese? You are my hero.


  45. #
    Lucy — March 15, 2014 @ 2:54 am

    I know your talented in the kitchen but I just want to say your photograohy skills are beautifully razor sharp!


  46. #
    HeatherChristo — March 15, 2014 @ 12:47 pm

    this salad is the most gorgeous thing ever and I want to gobble the whole thing up.


  47. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 15, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

    Just gorgeous, spring salad perfection!


  48. #
    Marcela — March 17, 2014 @ 4:43 am

    Wow delicious!!!
    Have a good week!!! and my like in bloglovin for your post!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥


  49. #
    cheri — March 18, 2014 @ 12:18 am

    Salad’s are my favorite, your pics are amazing,


  50. #
    Kristen @ Best Food Processor Guide — March 19, 2014 @ 2:30 am

    Love this recipe. I am all about easy recipes, especially when it’s my turn to cook (my husband does most of the cooking) and whenever I have to cook that’s when I go online to find something new to create. Thanks so much for inspiring me to make this yummy flounder Salad



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