About a year or so ago, I had a marvelous Greek salad at one of our favorite pizza joints and realized I really liked this white crumbly stuff. Thus, my obsession with Feta began.
Feta originated in Greece and was made from sheep and goat milk. Feta means "slice." It is higher in salt content than most cheeses because it is cured in a brine solution. Today it is made from pasteurized cow milk.
Slowly, as Feta invaded all my salads, it crept into the omelets, too. Because it seems to absorb whatever deliciousness you toss it with, it works with just about anything. Try some on a Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple. Toss some with fresh spinach leaves and your favorite dried fruit and vinaigrette.
Besides the processed cheese of our childhood, we can now get sliced anything for our sandwiches -- from Provolone to Gouda. Go for it. And check out my favorite recipe for Greek Salad below.
½ head of Iceberg lettuce; chopped
1 small head of Romaine lettuce; chopped
½ cucumber; diced
2 Roma tomatoes; diced
¼ cup of Greek Kalamata black olives; chopped
3 green onions; diced, or ¼ chopped red onion
½ cup of Feta cheese; crumbled
½ lemon; squeezed
Optional: Pickled banana pepper rings
Toss all ingredients. Squeeze lemon juice over salad. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix with a quality Greek dressing. Banana peppers can be served on the side.