Frico Wafer Salad with Apple and Goat Cheese

Fricos, or baked Parmesan wafers, add interesting texture and flavor and contrast to this salad, which is adapted from a recipe by Donna Hay.

Sweet apple, tart goat cheese, salty and nutty fricos combined with peppery rocket (arugula) greens and a simple balsamic viniagrette make for a terrific starter for a simple meal.

The fricos can be made up to a day ahead, stored in an air-tight container so they are ready for quick assembly of the salad.

I think crumbled feta or blue cheese would work well in place of the goat cheese, and sliced pears or sweet grapes could be substituted for the apple for a variation on the same theme.

If you don't care for the peppery bite of arugula, baby spinach or spring greens would work as well.

This recieved solid thumbs up at my house ~ so I'll definitely make it again.

Please click HERE if you would like a printable copy of the recipe.

Thank you for stopping by today ~ I would love if you would leave a comment!


  1. This sounds delicious and looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to give it a try!
    All the best,

  2. Your pictures of this dish look wonderful! Great pics.

    There is no way on earth that this wouldn't taste great. Chez and apple slices is so nutritious and delicious.

    God bless and have a sweet week,
    d from homehaven

  3. Mari,

    This looks and sounds like a wonderful salad and I am going to jot down the recipe. It photographed so well...I thought the goat cheese was sliced while still wrapped!!


  4. This just looks so beautiful. Great use of all those fresh fall apples. I love it.

  5. OH MY Mari! What a presentation and beautiful photography too!

  6. Mary, I'm so glad you are back. I've missed your beautifully photographed meals.

  7. It looks like a caprese salad. What a lovely surprise.

  8. This sounds and looks delicious! I love frico. I could make a whole meal of this salad. Beautiful, Mari!

  9. Mary I love Frico and your salad looks just fact I could eat that right now for breakfast!

  10. Thank you so much for your kind comments everyone!

    It's great to be back in the kitchen ~ I've really missed you. xoxo

  11. I'm making this just so I can sit and look at it. I do like pretty things.

  12. Oh yum! Perfect for the bumper crop of apples I have right now : )

  13. I ran into this recipe when you first posted it in 2009. I made it for Thanksgiving at my house back then for the first time. It was then requested by all that I make it for Christmas. And Easter. And the following Thanksgiving. And the following Christmas... etc. I make it again and again for all our holiday parties and it is always a smash. Salad is always first to go. ALWAYS. This recipe is in our family's permanent vault. Last night I had 40+ guests over and had to make another one (always have extra goat cheese on hand ;) ) because of how fast it went. Thank you for sharing this!


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