Crazy Goat Cheese Salad

I found this recipe for Crazy Goat Cheese Salad in an old Bon Appetit magazine. What makes it crazy? The explanation was that in France a salad is usually simple mixed greens with a vinaigrette. The addition of green beans, avocados and goat cheese is apparently what makes this one “crazy.” So I went wild and made it!

This here is no average salad. We thought it was crazy-good! It would make a nice main-dish salad with all of these great additions. I served it with some grilled chicken, and we were perfectly satisfied… and stuffed.


The dressing is a simple one- a sherry vinaigrette with lemon and dijon. It works.

Feeling crazy? This recipe can be found HERE.

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30 Responses to “Crazy Goat Cheese Salad”

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    noble pig — April 9, 2008 @ 5:33 AM

    Wow, that does look crazy good. I love it, it’s down right beautiful.

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    Jenny — April 9, 2008 @ 5:57 AM

    Wow, that salad does look crazy good. I like every ingredient in it. I need to go get more goat cheese so I can make this!

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    canarygirl — April 9, 2008 @ 6:40 AM

    Ooooh! This looks amazing. I love those beans! The photo is gorgeous, the styling is beautiful. And with grilled chicken? YUM! (I’m such a dork…I keep thinking in my head: That salad so craaazy. See? A dork. lmao)

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    Emiline — April 9, 2008 @ 8:06 AM

    CRAZY! This is such a beautiful presentation. It really looks like a feast.

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    Peter M — April 9, 2008 @ 8:48 AM

    Ahhh those French…one little move and they cal it crazy. This is just a play on a Salad Nicoise…throw in some seafood and voila!

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    Pixie — April 9, 2008 @ 9:56 AM

    I would so love to have this for lunch today…which reminds me I forgot to take the soup out of the freezer. Busy working on DB challenge!~

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    Elle — April 9, 2008 @ 11:57 AM

    That looks so fresh and delicious! I think we’d all be crazy not to make it!

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    Grace — April 9, 2008 @ 1:01 PM

    my current obsession: anything and everything involving the avocado. i’ve been eating embarrassing amounts of guacamole, and it’s high time i branched out and tried something else. this will do nicely. :)

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    Josie — April 9, 2008 @ 1:12 PM

    What a beautiful salad. Yesterday it was over 70 degrees here so I am crossing my fingers that “salad for dinner” will soon be a regular thing for me. It just sort of goes with warm weather, ya know? (and yes, I am totally ignoring the fact that it might snow here this weekend!)

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    CookiePie — April 9, 2008 @ 2:11 PM

    MMMMMM – that salad looks delicious and soooo satisfying! It’s not even 10:15 and already I want lunch!

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    Cakespy — April 9, 2008 @ 3:25 PM

    Crazy as in CRAZY DELICIOUS! This one looks healthy but with enough substance to make a nice meal.

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    Ann — April 9, 2008 @ 3:26 PM

    I love arranged salads, you wild thing, you!!

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    Camilla V. Saulsbury — April 9, 2008 @ 4:00 PM

    Yum!!! I’ll eat almost anything if it has goat cheese on it, but this salad looks especially yummy!

    Your blog is so inspiring!

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    Indigo — April 9, 2008 @ 6:07 PM

    I’m crazy about anything that involves avocado and goats’ cheese! This looks great ^__^

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    Mike of Mike's Table — April 9, 2008 @ 6:43 PM

    Looks very tasty (mmmm….goat cheese…) and rofl@the craziness!

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    LyB — April 9, 2008 @ 7:42 PM

    I just love avocado, and everything else you put in that salad! I guess I’m crazy that way! ;) Looks delicious!

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    Melanie — April 9, 2008 @ 8:01 PM

    What a fascinating salad! I love all the ingredients independently so I might as well toss them together in a salad. Thanks for sharing!

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    Deborah — April 9, 2008 @ 8:37 PM

    I wouldn’t call it crazy, I’d just call it delicious! This has my mouth watering!

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    Deborah — April 9, 2008 @ 8:42 PM

    I wouldn’t call it crazy, just delicious!!

    What a gorgeous salad!

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    Jessy and her dog Winnie — April 9, 2008 @ 10:26 PM

    Crazy salad! lol. Looks yummy.

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    Kevin — April 10, 2008 @ 1:22 AM

    That salad looks good. I like using goat cheese in salads.

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    Leah — April 10, 2008 @ 2:38 AM

    I am on a total composed salad kick this week — yours does look very nicoise-ish! What a great fallback dish for a hot summer evening. Pretty, too.

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    Helene — April 10, 2008 @ 5:08 AM

    This is my kind of meals. Light and it looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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    Rosie — April 10, 2008 @ 11:47 AM

    WOW oh wow this looks amazing and I’d go crazy for this salad!!!

    It looks sooooo delicious and fresh! :D

    Rosie x

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    Katie — April 10, 2008 @ 11:52 AM

    Wow, that IS crazy…and FABULOUS looking! YUM!

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    taste memory — April 10, 2008 @ 4:32 PM

    Yes-since I am a crazy vegetable lover, your crazy salad looks amazing….so simple too.

    Just want to sit down and eat it now!

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    Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) — April 10, 2008 @ 8:55 PM

    nothing crazy about this delicious salad…

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    Sophie — April 11, 2008 @ 1:51 AM

    Sheesh, just discovered your site, but this looks amazing, I love all the colors…you know it has to be healthy if it looks that good!

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    Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide — April 11, 2008 @ 3:59 AM

    Goat cheese is my all time favorite. This salad looks INCREDIBLE. I love avacado too….especially on a good BLT.

    *note to self….make crazy salad and BLT.

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    Nicole — April 11, 2008 @ 6:00 AM

    That looks absolutely beautiful AND soooo tasty too. I love things like this. Thanks for the post.