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 😀
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.
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!
#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.