Anne Burrell's Insalata “Chopata” with Warm Goat Cheese


2 large eggs
1 cup carrots, peeled and cut into ¼ -inch dice
½ small red onion, cut into ¼ -inch dice
1 cup fennel, cut into ¼ -inch dice
1 cup celery, peeled and cut into ¼ -inch dice
1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 romaine heart (or ½ head iceberg), cut into a chiffonade
1 cup fresh or canned corn kernels
1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into ¼ -inch dice
¼ cup salted sunflower seeds
½ bunch of fresh oregano, leaves finely chopped
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
Kosher salt
6 oz. goat cheese


• Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover them in 1 inch of water. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan. Remove from heat and set the timer. Leave the eggs in the covered pot for 13 minutes … eggs-actly! Remove the eggs from the hot water and let cool.

• In a large bowl, combine the carrots, onion, fennel, celery, chickpeas, romaine, corn, cucumber, sunflower seeds and oregano. Toss to combine.

• Peel and chop the eggs and toss them in with the veggies.

• In a measuring cup, combine the oil and vinegar. Whisk to combine and add to the veggies. Season with salt to taste.

• Place the goat cheese in a heatproof dish and warm in a microwave for 1½ minutes or in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes.

• Stir the salad, taste and season more if needed. Divide the salad among 4 serving plates and top each with a dollop of warm goat cheese to serve.