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.
- head of butter lettuce (or your favorite)
- 4 oz. baby spinach
- 1 large roasted red pepper (jarred)
- olive oil (I use extra virgin)
- 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)
#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.