Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Manchego Fricos


Italian for "little trifles," a frico is a lacy wafer of crispy fried cheese. They're made by cooking little piles of finely shredded cheese until the cheese starts to bubble and brown slightly around the edges. Sometimes a bit of flour or herbs is mixed in. They are absolutely delicious as a garnish for a salad or soup. Here they're made with Manchegom, a Spanish sheep's milk cheese. You can make them with Parmesan or cheddar as well.

Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Manchego Fricos
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
9 mins
Total Time:
24 mins


  • 1 cup shredded Manchego cheese, shredded (4 ounces)

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 cup strawberries, halved and/or quartered

  • 4 cup baby arugula


  1. For fricos, heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle one-third of the cheese over the bottom of the skillet, shaking the skillet so the cheese is in an even layer. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese browns around the edges. Remove skillet from heat for 30 to 40 seconds or until cheese is set. Using a spatula and fork, carefully turn frico over, return to heat and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more or until underside is golden. Slide frico out of pan onto a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining cheese to make 3 fricos.

  2. For salad in a large bowl combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add strawberries and arugula; toss to coat. Transfer salad to 6 serving plates or a large platter.

  3. Break fricos into pieces and serve with salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

165 Calories
13g Fat
8g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 165
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 192mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 44.3mg 222%
Calcium 191.8mg 15%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 136mg 3%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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