Pan Fried Feta Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

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A couple of years ago my mother was stopping by for dinner on her way back home.  Not living in the same town, I don’t get to make dinner for her often.  I am always trying to think of new dishes to intrigue her.  I just enjoy making food for her and making her smile.  Years ago, I had fried feta cheese as an appetizer at a Greek restaurant, and it has never left my mind.  If you like feta cheese, you will enjoy fried feta.  It is crispy on the outside, soft in the middle, and packed with yummy salty flavor.  Whenever I have anything fried, I like to balance it with vegetables or salad.  So, I decided to make her a very simple and flavorful salad topped with fried feta cheese, and paired it with oven roasted chicken and orzo.  She loved it!  The other day I was on the phone with her, and I remembered that salad….and decided to recreate it here.  I hope you all enjoy it!

This is a very simple salad to put together, and is delicious and unique. It is perfect to break the boredom or give your guests a little something different.

Pan Fried Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

6 salad plates

Ingredients

    Salad
  • head of butter lettuce (or your favorite)
  • 4 oz. baby spinach
  • 1 large roasted red pepper (jarred)
  • olive oil (I use extra virgin)
  • salt
    Pan-Fried Feta Cheese
  • 1/2 lb. whole feta cheese
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese style bread crumbs)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • frying oil (canola or vegetable, or olive oil if done low and slow)
Pan Fried Feta Cheese
  • Carefully cube the feta cheese with a sharp knife and set aside (feta crumbles easily). Set up a dredging station, with one container for the eggs and milk, and one for the flour and panko. Beat the eggs and milk together. Then whisk together the panko, flour, and salt.
  • Take each cube of feta cheese and dip it into the flour mixture, then the egg mixture (shake off excess), and then back in the flour mixture. Place on a large plate or platter. Repeat with each piece of feta cheese. Preheat the oil (add enough to a pan to half-way cover the cubes of cheese). Once the oil is heated, begin pan-frying in batches until golden brown on each side (flip once during the process). Place on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
  • Salad
  • Chop up the roasted red peppers, spinach, and lettuce. Mix the spinach and lettuce together, and place on plates, followed by the roasted red peppers. Top the salad with several pieces of fried feta cheese and drizzle the salad with olive oil and lightly sprinkle salt on top (I only use olive oil on this salad, because there is so much flavor from the peppers and feta cheese). Enjoy!
  • Notes

    #1 Make a lower fat version, by oven frying the feta cheese. Follow the same dredging procedure, but place on a greased pan in a 450 degree oven. Spray or paint oil on them, to get a crispy crust. You could also use plain panko or regular bread crumbs to oven fry. Turn when needed. Bake until golden brown.

    #2 Add other vegetables on the salad, or even top with grilled chicken, to make it more of a meal.

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    6 Responses to“Pan Fried Feta Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Salad”

    1. Sandhya
      04/30/2015 at 9:51 am #

      Yum! I love the idea of pan fried feta, Antonia! Great recipe!

      • Zoale.com
        04/30/2015 at 10:01 am #

        Thank you Sandhya! If you have a chance to try it, let me know how you like it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    2. 05/02/2015 at 4:30 pm #

      I love feta and I have never thought of frying it! Must taste delicious! This is such a simple yet special salad, Antonia!

      • Zoale.com
        05/02/2015 at 5:11 pm #

        Thank you so much Francesca! It is really tasty when you are in the mood for a treat 🙂

    3. 04/13/2016 at 9:35 am #

      Pan fried feta – different but I must try! Too bad I only have crumbled feta right now but will have to put a block of it on my grocery list.Love butter lettuce as it just melts in your mouth and pairs so well with any toppings.

      • Zoale.com
        04/13/2016 at 9:58 am #

        Thank you Judi, it is very tasty and pairs well with a light salad. I love butter lettuce too, and in fact we have a few heads in our garden I need to eat up 😉 I hope you get a chance to try it out!

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