Next in our range of Christmas recipes is a Goat’s cheese salad with cranberry dressing. This tasty dish could be the perfect side dish for your main meal, light lunch or even a starter.


  • Sandwich-sized olive ciabatta loaf, sliced 
  • 50g shelled walnuts 
  • Oil for frying 
  • 150g goat’s cheese log with rind, cut into 1.5cm slices 
  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut into segments, any juice reserved 
  • 80g bag watercress 
  • 3 tbsp cranberry sauce (bought or homemade) 
  • 1 tbsp syrupy balsamic vinegar 
  • 3 tbsp olive oil 


Step 1: In a large dry frying pan, toast the bread over a medium heat until golden, then cut into chunky croutons. In the same pan, toast the walnuts, then set aside and wipe out the pan. 

Step 2: Add the oil to the pan and heat for 1 minute. Add the goat’s cheese slices and fry (in batches if necessary) for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden and crisp. 

Step 3: Meanwhile, put all the dressing ingredients, along with any reserved juice from the oranges, in a small jug. Season to taste, adding a good grind of pepper, and stir together, adding a splash of water if need be. 

Step 4: Arrange the watercress and orange segments on a serving platter, then arrange the warm goat’s cheese on top. Scatter over the croutons and walnuts, then drizzle over the dressing and serve straightaway. 

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