You are here: Home » Recipes » Walnut Encrusted Goat Cheese Salad with Crispy Bacon Walnut Encrusted Goat Cheese Salad with Crispy Bacon Recipe by Chinet® Yield 4 servings PrintEmail Ingredients 1/3 cup fine dry breadcrumbs1/3 cup toasted walnuts1 whole cold 6-ounce log fresh goat cheese, cut crosswise into 4 thick slices1 whole egg white, beaen1 1/2 tablespoons Champagne or white wine vinegar2 tablespoons minced shallots1/2 teaspoon minced garlic1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard1/3 cup olive oil6 ounces mesclun or other small salad greens, rinsed and spun dry6 ounces bacon lardons (slab bacon, thickly cut into 2-inch strips), cooked until crisp and fat is rendered Fresh baby parsley sprigs, for garnish Chives, for garnish Toasted buttered French bread croutons, accompaniment Instructions In a food processor, pulse the bread crumbs and walnuts until the nuts are ground, being careful not to overgrind. Place in a shallow dish. Dip the cheese slices in the egg white, then into the bread crumb mixture, turning to coat on all sides and pressing to adhere. Place on a plate and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 400F. In a bowl, combine the vinegar, shallots, garlic, salt and pepper. Let sit for 10 minutes. Whisk in the mustard and slowly add the oil, whisking to make an emulsion. Place the greens and bacon in a large bowl and toss with the dressing to coat. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Divide among 4 salad plates. On a small, lightly greased baking sheet, bake the goat cheese rounds until golden brown and softened, about 5 minutes. Remove and transfer 1 round to each salad. Garnish with the parsley sprigs and chives, and serve immediately with warm croutons.