Saturday, July 01, 2017

Feta Cheese Salad with Balsamic Dressing


The Improving Cook- Feta Cheese Salad


With the warmer weather over the last few weeks (and the heatwave that I really wasn't a fan of), all I have wanted to eat is salad. That has encouraged me into looking for a bit more variety in my ingedients. Lettuce, tomato and cucumber on their own gets old fast, and there's really no excuse for a boring salad!

This weekend, I was in the mood for something Greek-style and I had a block of feta cheese in the fridge. I added a few delicious salady bits to contrast with the soft saltiness of the feta, whipped up a garlicky balsamic dressing and hey presto- a simple feta salad. The feta really is the star of the dish. If you can't be bothered to roast the peppers you can either put them in raw, or buy roasted peppers in a jar. It's absolutely delicious served as a starter, or with some crackers for lunch, or as a side dish at a BBQ. 

Strictly speaking, a Greek salad doesn't include any lettuce, but I'm a big fan of the baby leaf kind, so I put it in everything. It would also usually have a lot more olives, but I only used them as a garnish. I did only say Greek-style right...? You can always throw in more if you're a big olive fan.

The balsamic dressing is easy to make in whatever quantity you need and will keep in the fridge until it's finished. It really tops off the dish.


The Improving Cook- Feta Cheese Salad  pinnable image


Make Feta Cheese Salad with Balsamic Dressing

To find a printable version of the recipe, click here: Feta Cheese Salad with Balsamic Dressing


Ingredients
(Serves 4 as a lunch or starter, 6 as a side)

100g feta cheese
30 cherry tomatoes
1/2 a cucumber
4 spring onions
150g baby leaf salad
2 roasted red peppers
2 avocados
8 olives

For the dressing

4 tbsp virgin olive oil
8 tbsp balsamic vingar
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tsp oregano
pinch of salt

Method

1.  Lay the baby leaf salad in the bottom of the bowl you are using.
2. Slice the tomatoes into halves,  slice the cucumber and then cut the slices into chunks, chop the spring onion and cut up the avocado into small chunks.
3. Lay the chopped salad veg on top of the baby leaves.
4. Slice the feta and then chop into smaller pieces. It will crumble naturally when you move it to the salad bowl.
5. Slice the olives and use as garnish.
6. Put all the dressing ingredients into a small jug and mix together well.
7. Pour the dressing on the salad to personal taste after serving.

Feta Cheese Salad in a bowl

Feta Cheese Salad close up

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