It wasn’t too many years ago that you would never have heard of feta cheese unless you were Greek. When it started showing up in supermarkets in the US, it was a novelty. “Cheese packed in water? Why’d they do that? Oooh ICK!” Fortunately, it didn’t take long to catch on and is now widely available. Well, at least where I live. I can’t speak for Oklahoma or New Mexico or Vermont. I’m assuming it’s there too.
There’s the good feta cheese – packed in water – and then there’s the other stuff, the stuff that’s pre-crumbled for your convenience in a plastic tub, dry pebbles of salty powder, and I’m telling you to avoid that stuff. Buy the water-packed. It’s way better. WAY.
Feta makes an excellent salad dressing, and it’s stupid easy to make. You don’t really need a formal recipe. Yeah, I know this probably isn’t one of the healthier things to eat, but it’s a great way to eat your veggies. And sometimes we need to just ENJOY food and not worry about it.
FETA CHEESE SALAD DRESSING
Mix one part feta and one part mayonnaise. You can mash them together with a fork for a dressing with satisfyingly salty, creamy lumps of cheese, or mix it in a blender or food processor for a smooth texture. Thin dressing with buttermilk and with red wine vinegar, a little at a time, tasting as you go.
Add some sort of dried or fresh herbs, whatever strikes your fancy. I’d suggest oregano, dill, parsley, or a mixture like fines herbs – about a teaspoon of the dried or two tablespoons of minced fresh herbs per cup of dressing . Then add a whole bunch of freshly ground pepper.
There. That’s it. Store this in a covered container in the refrigerator. This is great on mixed green salad, sliced tomatoes, spinach salad, a sauce for any pita bread sandwich, an omelet filling, a dip for crudite, a baked potato topping, or alongside salmon steaks. I think this would be great with fruit salad too.
- Add 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce.
- Add 2 or 3 minced or pressed cloves of garlic.
- Add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.
- Add chopped black olives.
- Substitute good quality blue cheese for the feta, or any creamy mashable cheese, such as soft chevre.
- Add a few spoonfuls of plain yogurt in place of some of the mayonnaise. If you like a tart dressing, substitute all yogurt for the mayo. This will alleviate some of the calories and guilt.
- Add chopped green onions or chives.
- Add chopped, seeded tomatoes.