Air Fried Goat Cheese and Apricot Salad

Summer, Dinner, Lunch


Sweet apricots and savory fried goat cheese make for the perfect summer salad combo!



6-8 oz. organic arugula

8 air fryer goat cheese balls, recipe follows

3-4 organic apricots, cut in half

1 package package Niman Ranch Uncured Prosciutto

Apricot Champagne Vinaigrette, recipe follows

¼ C bulk candied walnuts

Air Fried Goat Cheese Balls

8 oz. Cervasi Chevre Traditional goat cheese, softened

1 Tbsp. Guenther Apiary Arkansas Hot Honey

1 Tbsp. minced fresh organic rosemary

2 tsp. fresh organic thyme

Pinch of red pepper flakes

Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

¼ C War Eagle Mill Organic Unbleached All Purpose Flour

2 Happy Egg Co large eggs, beaten

½ C Edward & Sons Organic Panko Breadcrumbs

Apricot Champagne Vinaigrette

3 Tbsp. St. Dalfour Apricot Fruit Spread

2 Tbsp. Napa Valley Naturals Champagne Vinegar

1 Tbsp. fresh organic rosemary, minced

1 tsp. Woodstock Dijon Mustard

½ tsp Frontier Co-op ground ginger

½ tsp fresh cracked black pepper

Pinch of kosher salt

¼ C Riojana Olive Oil


For the goat cheese:

Step 1

In a bowl, add your goat cheese, honey, rosemary, thyme, red pepper flakes, and cracked black pepper. Mix until thoroughly combined. Roll into 8 balls and place in a freezer safe container. Freeze for a few hours to overnight.

Step 2

In one bowl add your flour, in another bowl add your beaten eggs, and in your last bowl add your panko breadcrumbs.

Step 3

Dredge in the flour, then egg, then the Panko. Place back in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Step 4

When ready to cook, set your air fryer to 400. Spritz the goat cheese balls with cooking spray. Cook for 4-6 minutes, or until golden brown.
*If using the oven, heat to 425. Cook for 5-8 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on it so they don’t burn.

For the vinaigrette:

Step 5

In a small bowl, add your apricot preserves, vinegar, rosemary, Dijon, ginger, black pepper, and salt. Whisk to combine.

Step 6

While whisking, slowly start streaming in olive oil until thoroughly combined.

Step 7

Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

For the salad:

Step 8

On a large platter, add your arugula. Spoon some of your dressing over.

Step 9

Arrange the goat cheese balls, apricot halves, and prosciutto over the arugula. Spoon more dressing over. Top with candied walnuts. Serve with the remaining dressing on the side.