Strawberry Kale Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons

Fresh strawberries, baby kale, pecans and warm, creamy goat cheese star in this spring soiree on a plate. 

This month’s #RecipeRedux is all about spring cleaning. The idea was to look through the fridge and pantry and use an ingredient that’s been hanging out for a while. Now, I’ll admit… I could have come up with a whole lot of recipes with the stuff in my pantry. Why DO I have so many different grains, cheeses and flours? I digress. That’s a conversation for another day.

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I’ve been buying strawberries like they are going out of style. They are so sweet and delicious right now. I have them for breakfast, as a snack or for dessert at least once a day. With so many strawberries hanging out, it was only natural to create a recipe featuring strawberries.

Pushing aside a basket of berries in the fridge, I found a small log of goat cheese. I’ve always enjoyed fried goat cheese on salads. So I was excited to make these fried goat cheese croutons at home for the first time. I love the crispy coating with the warm and gooey center.

Truth be told, I really just wanted to eat the goat cheese with strawberries. I’m kidding… kinda.

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As for the greens… baby kale makes a perfect base for this salad. I needed to use the kale because it was about to go to the dark side. This was my second time buying baby kale and possibly my last (for a while). Turns out I prefer regular old kale. No matter. Like a good dietitian, I’m eating my greens. And I love them.

So I cleaned out the kale and goat cheese to create this Strawberry Kale Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons (!) and a drizzle of honey balsamic vinaigrette. Let’s get to the recipe…

Yields Serves 2

Strawberry Kale Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons

Recipe by Marisa Moore, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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  • Salad base
  • 4 cups kale, torn
  • 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Goat Cheese Croutons
  • 1 egg or egg whites equivalent
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces goat cheese


  1. Divide the kale, strawberries and pecans over two salad plates.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Set the dressing aside.
  3. Beat the egg in a bowl. In a separate plate, mix the panko, basil, salt and pepper.
  4. Slice the goat cheese into 4 equal medallions. Dip each one in the egg, then the panko mixture.
  5. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the breaded goat cheese one by one. Fry until golden brown (about 1-2 minutes per side). Turn once.
  6. Add two goat cheese medallions to each salad. Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of the honey balsamic vinaigrette over the salads. Serve.


NOTES: I used a piece of dental floss to easily slice the cheese.

If the cheese begins to soften, refrigerate the breaded medallions for 15 minutes before frying.


Click the link below to check out what the other recipe reduxers created after their spring cleaning.

22 Comments on Strawberry Kale Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons

  1. Siri
    April 22, 2015 at 12:13 AM (3 years ago)
    Love the combination of Kale, Goat Cheese and Strawberry. Something so new to me. :-) Siri Reply
    • Marisa
      April 22, 2015 at 4:30 PM (3 years ago)
      It's quite the harmonious flavor combo. I think you'll like it! Thanks for stopping by! Reply
  2. Angela Tolsma
    April 22, 2015 at 12:46 AM (3 years ago)
    Goat Cheese Medallions sound amazing!! Reply
    • Marisa
      April 22, 2015 at 8:55 AM (3 years ago)
      They were, Angela! A nice little indulgence. Reply
  3. EA-The Spicy RD
    April 22, 2015 at 1:19 AM (3 years ago)
    Gorgeous salad Marisa! And, how can you go wrong with goat cheese croutons? Yum!!! Reply
    • Marisa
      April 22, 2015 at 8:55 AM (3 years ago)
      Thank you, EA! It's virtually impossible to go wrong with goat cheese croutons! Reply
    April 22, 2015 at 9:28 AM (3 years ago)
    Umm - I'd probably ditch the kale and eat strawberry goat cheese crouton mini sammies too - ha. But seriously - I am totally making this :) Reply
    • Marisa
      April 23, 2015 at 10:17 PM (2 years ago)
      LOL. I see strawberry goat cheese mini sammies in my immediate future. So good! Reply
  5. Betsy Ramirez
    April 22, 2015 at 9:33 AM (3 years ago)
    Goat cheese croutons?!!! Seriously amazing. Gorgeous salad, Marisa. Reply
    • Marisa
      April 23, 2015 at 10:15 PM (2 years ago)
      Thanks, Betsy!! Reply
  6. Alanna
    April 22, 2015 at 12:29 PM (3 years ago)
    This salad screams spring :) I must make those goat cheese croutons ASAP! Such a light and satisfying meal - YUM. Reply
    • Marisa
      April 23, 2015 at 10:15 PM (2 years ago)
      Strawberries are one of my favorite parts of spring. And Yes. Get some goat cheese croutons in your life! You'll be glad you did! Reply
    • Marisa
      April 23, 2015 at 10:14 PM (2 years ago)
      Yes. Such a nice indulgence. And yes the dental floss made slicing the goat cheese effortless - no mess at all. Reply
  7. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom
    April 22, 2015 at 2:36 PM (3 years ago)
    Goat cheese croutons are one of my favorite things to make. Love your salad!! Reply
    • Marisa
      April 23, 2015 at 10:13 PM (2 years ago)
      Thanks, Liz! Reply
  8. Rachael@AvocadoADayNutrition
    April 22, 2015 at 3:11 PM (3 years ago)
    That is my dream salad! Anytime a menu has goat cheese rounds, I'm in! And I like what you did with that little goat cheese-strawberry sandwich there ;) Reply
    • Marisa
      April 23, 2015 at 10:09 PM (2 years ago)
      That little sandwich was everything... LOL. Reply
    • Marisa
      May 7, 2015 at 8:05 PM (2 years ago)
      Thank you, Heather! The croutons were clearly my favorite part. Reply

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