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Balsamic Steak Salad

Ramp up your salad game with this Balsamic Steak Salad & Fried Goat Cheese! Loaded with fruit and veggies topped with delicious flavorful steak and bursts of crispy goat cheese.

Two bowls of Balsamic Steak Salad with black forks

I’ve been making this salad for years. It has gone through several iterations over the years. But, I will tell you what, Rick is not a big salad guy. However, he LOVES this Balsamic Steak Salad. Whenever we have this for dinner, it feels a little fancy. Plus, sometimes we need a little extra fruits and veggies in our lives!

I’ve recently started making it with Fried Goat Cheese in our AirFryer and let me tell you what… it just kicks it up that extra notch! I love that extra crunchy bite!

What kind of steak can be used?

Really any steak can be used. I typically lean toward a flank steak for this salad. It cooks a little quicker which means it gets on the table faster. However, I’ve also made with other cuts of beef and they’re all equally delicious.

Ingredients for Balsamic Steak Salad

  • Flank Steak
  • Baby Spinach
  • Raspberries
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Lemon
  • Balsamic Reduction
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • Oil
Ingredients to make Balsamic Steak Salad and Fried Goat Cheese

How to prepare the steak

I typically take the steak out of the fridge about 30 minutes before cooking it. This allows the steak to warm up a little bit which means you get a more even sear on the steak. We also like a nice crust on our steak, so I make sure to put a nice layer of kosher salt and some fresh cracked black pepper.

I cook our steak in a cast iron skillet. It imparts an incredible crust and awesome flavor. It is important to allow your skillet to heat up, add your oil and allow it to heat up for a few seconds, then add your steak. Everyone has their own preference on how they like their steak cooked. You will need to take the thickness of the steak into consideration in relation to cooking time.

Bowl of Balsamic Steak Salad

Ingredients for Fried Goat Cheese

  • Goat Cheese (any flavor will work just fine – I like honey)
  • Seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Egg
  • Flour
Ingredients to make AirFried Goat Cheese

How to make Fried Goat Cheese

I make these in our AirFryer. I love that thing. It saves a little oil, some calories and fat from our diets. First, take your goat cheese out of the fridge and let it sit for 10 minutes. Next, put the cheese log into a bowl and crumbled. Gather roughly 2 tablespoons of cheese and roll into balls. Place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and sit in freezer for 20 minutes.

Once out of the freezer, dredge each ball in flour, then move to the egg wash, the cover in panko. Once all balls are coated, line them on the bottom of your air fryer basket. Set temperature to 390*F for 6 minutes.

Quick tip: beforehand run your hands under water to make it easier to help roll the cheese into balls.

Closeup of Balsamic Steak Salad

This is one of those meals that hits all the right buttons. It’s savory and a teeny bit sweet. But, there is something about the combination of these flavors that just warms your heart. When my husband scarfs it down looking for seconds, I know I’ve hit a home run. This is our favorite way to jazz up our salads. I know you’ll love it too!

This Balsamic Steak Salad pairs well with these Blackberry Margaritas!

Bowl of Balsamic Steak Salad

Balsamic Steak Salad & Fried Goat Cheese

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ramp up your game with this Balsamic Steak Salad & Fried Goat Cheese! Loaded with fruit and veggies topped with delicious flavorful steak and crispy bursts of goat cheese.


  • 1 pound Flank Steak
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons oil
  • 4 cups Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup Raspberries
  • 2 ears Corn on the Cob
  • 8 ounces Button Mushrooms
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
  • 8 tablespoons Balsamic Reduction, divided
  • 8 ounces Goat Cheese
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Seasoned Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Lemon Zest
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Take steak and goat cheese out of the fridge 30 minutes
    before cooking
  2. Meanwhile wash all fruit and vegetables and dry off
  3. Add goat cheese logs to bowl and crumble
  4. Using a tablespoon, gather 2 tablespoons of goat cheese and
    roll into balls
  5. Place balls on a cookie sheet prepared with parchment paper
    or a silpat, freeze for 20 minutes
  6. Meanwhile, season both sides of teak generously with kosher
    salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  7. Heat a heavy bottomed skillet (preferably a cast iron) until
    hot, add one tablespoon of oil and allow to heat up.
  8. Add steak and cook for roughly 5.5-6 minutes per side (or
    until desired doneness)
  9. While steak is cooking, add the cobs of corn to another
    skillet with 2 teaspoons of oil and cook until tender – periodically rolling the cobs around so all
    side are evenly cooked
  10. Once fully cooked, cut the kernels off the cob
  11. Remove steak from heat, tent under aluminum foil until ready
    to serve
  12. Add the mushrooms to the steak pan and cook for several
    minutes until brown
  13. Next, take the goat cheese out of the freezer
  14. Place each of the following in a bowl: flour, egg, and panko
  15. Dredge each ball in flour, then the egg wash, the cover in panko
  16. Place on the bottom of the air fryer pan on an even layer
  17. Cook at 390* for 6 minutes
  18. Slice steak into strips and divide all ingredients evenly between
    4 bowls or plates
  19. Top with Air Fried Goat Cheese
  20. Drizzle each salad with 2 tablespoons Balsamic Reduction


I like to use honey goat cheese for this recipe. If you do not like goat cheese, you can substitute crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola. You would not need to fry the cheese in this instance.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 647Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 724mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 6gSugar: 25gProtein: 50g

The nutritional values above are auto calculated by a nutrition program and can vary based on brands of ingredients used.

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  • Jessica
    June 15, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    The fried goat cheese has me drooling!

    • Kerri
      June 16, 2020 at 9:10 am

      They’re delicious little crispy bites of heaven! 😉

  • Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    June 16, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    This Balsamic Steak Salad looks incredibly delicious!

  • Kevin
    June 17, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    That is my kind of salad! Love everything you have packed in this!

  • Catalina
    June 17, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    This is definitely a fancy and delicious salad. So perfect for our special occasion that will be next week.

  • Cathy
    June 20, 2020 at 10:40 am

    The fried goat cheese was the PERFECT addition to this salad!

  • Amanda Marie Boyle
    September 18, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Love the fried goat cheese

  • Christina
    September 21, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    OMG, fried goat cheese?!? This is just perfect!!


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