Pan Fried Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Fried Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

I adore fried feta cheese….it is a crispy, salty, and delicious bite, and is unlike anything else in the world.  It is just perfect with a salad or other veggies on the side.  I came up with this recipe several years ago for my mother, and wanted to share it again.  It is a very unique and simple salad, and one of my favorites.  Don’t let the simplicity of it fool you, it packs a great flavor punch!  I hope you enjoy this salad 😀

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.

    I am excited to bring this cake to Fiesta Friday #130 (your lovely co-hosts this week are Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju and Petra @ Food Eat Love )and Throwback Thursday #49 !

    Try these other salad creations:

    Cabbage and Salad

    cabbage with salad

    Cookout Coleslaw

    Cookout Coleslaw2

    Greek Salad Sandwich

    salad sandwich

     

    Fried Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

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

    1. 07/28/2016 at 7:26 am #

      That sounds really yummy! And easy, so I may try it 🙂

    2. 07/28/2016 at 7:40 am #

      Lovely salad Antonia! 😀😀

      • Zoale.com
        07/28/2016 at 10:34 am #

        Thank you Linda 😀

    3. 07/28/2016 at 8:12 am #

      You had me at pan fried feta. Yum!

      • Zoale.com
        07/28/2016 at 10:34 am #

        Haha, thank you Sadie 😀

    4. 07/28/2016 at 9:36 am #

      This is such a beautiful salad Antonia. I love the salads, and the fried feta is such an added bonus 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        07/28/2016 at 10:35 am #

        Thank you Lynne! I do too, I could eat salad everyday 😀

    5. 07/28/2016 at 10:45 am #

      I really love the ingredients in this salad, it looks lovely!

      • Zoale.com
        07/28/2016 at 11:41 am #

        Thank you so much Lynn!

        • 07/28/2016 at 9:59 pm #

          What a gorgeous salad

        • Zoale.com
          07/28/2016 at 10:29 pm #

          Thank you my friend!

        • 07/29/2016 at 7:03 pm #

          welcome xxx

        • Zoale.com
          07/29/2016 at 11:57 pm #

          😀

    6. 07/28/2016 at 1:27 pm #

      Yummy!!

      • Zoale.com
        07/28/2016 at 4:36 pm #

        Thanks Paula 😀

    7. 07/28/2016 at 3:18 pm #

      I’ve never thought to pan fry feta, but it looks delicious. And what a great addition to a salad. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        07/28/2016 at 4:39 pm #

        Thank you Diana 😀 Fried feta really is delicious. You’re welcome 😀

    8. 07/28/2016 at 4:56 pm #

      This looks a lovely salad, Antonia, and I can honestly say, I would never have thought of frying feta (or any other cheese) in cubes like that. It’s an absolutely great idea. Together with the roasted peppers, it’s perfect. I don’t particularly like raw peppers (any colours) but I like them cooked. A really nice recipe altogether. 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        07/28/2016 at 10:29 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Millie! Fried feta cheese is really wonderful and tastes great with salad 😀

    9. 07/29/2016 at 8:55 am #

      Oh my, you’ve taken one of my favorite foods (feta) and taken it to the next level with this recipe Antonia! I never even thought of frying cheese?! Love the creative twists you put on your recipes 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        07/29/2016 at 12:21 pm #

        Thank you Heather! Feta is one of my favorites too and fried feta is out of this world 😉

    10. 07/29/2016 at 4:25 pm #

      Fried feta is so delicious!

      • Zoale.com
        07/29/2016 at 11:58 pm #

        Yes, just amazing 😀

    11. michelleoblogoff
      07/30/2016 at 1:43 am #

      Now I have to try feta fried! So fun!
      Thanks!
      Michelle

      • Zoale.com
        08/02/2016 at 7:22 pm #

        I hope you get a chance to try it out Michelle 😀 Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of your week!

    12. 07/30/2016 at 3:46 am #

      Looks so yummy! Pinning this right away!

      • Zoale.com
        08/02/2016 at 7:23 pm #

        Thank you Swapna, you are so sweet 😀 Have a great rest of your week!

    13. 07/30/2016 at 11:10 am #

      I love your salad especially the breaded and fried feta cheese. Makes me want to run to the store and get a block. I have crumbles but that won’t work! Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        08/02/2016 at 7:27 pm #

        Thank you Judi! I hope you get a chance to try it! Fried feta is really tasty. Have a wonderful rest of your week 😀

    14. 08/01/2016 at 5:58 pm #

      Amazing and so easy and quick! Thanks for sharing!

      • Zoale.com
        08/02/2016 at 7:28 pm #

        Thanks Ruchi! Have a great rest of your week!

    15. petra08
      08/01/2016 at 6:07 pm #

      I have never tried fried feta cheese and I am wondering why!It sounds like a perfect bite and great in a salad! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday! 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        08/02/2016 at 7:30 pm #

        Than you Petra! Fried feta is amazing. Have a wonderful rest of your week 😀

    16. 08/03/2016 at 2:33 am #

      Wow, this salad sounds amazing! I can believe it packs a powerful punch of flavor. Thanks for coming by Throwback Thursday!

      Mollie

      • Zoale.com
        08/03/2016 at 9:42 pm #

        Thank you so much Mollie! It really does. Have a wonderful rest of your week 😀

    17. 08/04/2016 at 12:34 am #

      This salad is made up of things I love. Yum!

      • Zoale.com
        08/04/2016 at 8:54 am #

        Thank you Peggy! Have a fantastic day 😀

    18. 08/05/2016 at 10:31 am #

      Sounds delicious. Deep fried anything is usually better:) I will however roast my own pepper as it is so quick and easy to do over a gas flame and tastes so much nicer than the jarred version.

      • Zoale.com
        08/06/2016 at 12:47 pm #

        Thank you Nadia! I love roasting my own peppers too. I like the jarred in this salad, but freshly roasted will be delicious too 😀 Have a wonderful weekend!

    19. 08/05/2016 at 10:42 am #

      What a great idea! I have never though of frying feta.

      • Zoale.com
        08/06/2016 at 12:49 pm #

        Thank you Liz 😀 Have a fantastic weekend!

    20. 08/05/2016 at 12:16 pm #

      Wow, wow, wow! I have never thought of frying feta, but this sounds amazingly wonderful! I am going to have to try making this for sure! 😀

      • Zoale.com
        08/06/2016 at 12:51 pm #

        Thank you Julianna! I hope you enjoy it 😀 It is a great frying cheese. Have a wonderful weekend!

    21. Sandhya
      08/05/2016 at 3:30 pm #

      Antonia, I love feta cheese but have never had fried feta! It sounds so yummy! The salad looks so perfect for the summer.
      Congratulations on being featured on Fiesta Friday! Well deserved!

      • Zoale.com
        08/06/2016 at 12:52 pm #

        Thank you so much Sandhya! It is always such an honor to be featured on Fiesta Friday! Fried feta is super delicious 😀 I hope you have a great weekend!

    22. 08/09/2016 at 7:05 am #

      That sounds truly yummy! Also, simple, so I may attempt it 🙂….This is such a lovely serving of mixed greens Antonia. I adore the servings of mixed greens, and the singed feta is such a special reward 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        08/09/2016 at 2:05 pm #

        Thank you so much 😀 I hope you enjoy it! Have a wonderful day!

    23. 08/09/2016 at 1:20 pm #

      Whoa Nelly! This is a great idea!

      • Zoale.com
        08/09/2016 at 2:04 pm #

        Thank you Debbie 😀 Have a great day!

    24. 08/11/2016 at 6:40 am #

      I’ve never had fried feta but it looks delicious. I might just have to try this. 🙂

      • Zoale.com
        08/11/2016 at 9:33 am #

        Fried feta is amazing, I hope you get to try it 😀 Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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