30 June 2009

Hot Minted Feta with Chunky Greek Salad

Hot Minted Feta with Chunky Greek Salad
Woah is me, my camera is acting up again so periodically I will be offering you dishes from my archives of yet to be published recipes. The long and the short of it is that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Like the time I tried to enter a Spanish Tapas event from Nuria or the Royal Foodie Joust a few days ago. I took photos, they all appeared to be there on the camera disk but when I downloaded them on to my computer they had miraculously disappeared. I guess these events were not meant to be, so I carry on with an on again off again camera continuing to prepare delicious dishes and trying to share them with you. Today I bring you a delicious Greek-inspired salad I tried a few weeks ago. It is topped with pan fried/grilled feta cheese marinated in mint which brought the salad out of the ordinary to extraordinary!!!



**Hot Minted Feta with Chunky Greek Salad**

100g goat cheese feta
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ medium cucumber
1 medium green, yellow or red pepper
2 medium tomatoes
4 servings mixed lettuce greens
Handful fresh mint, shredded
Handful of pitted black olives, drained
1/4 cup Vinaigrette

Using a sharp knife, cut the feta into eight even chunks. Place into a bowl with the mint and olive oil and mix, without breaking up the cheese, until evenly coated. Set aside for 10 minutes to marinate.

Cut the lettuce, peppers, cucumber and tomatoes into 2-3cm chunks. Place in a bowl with the olives, shredded mint and vinaigrette and toss to combine.

Warm a non-stick frying pan over a medium to low heat. Add the feta and cook gently for about 2 minutes. Turn each cube over with a palette knife and cook for a further 2 minutes, or until hot and softened but not coloured.

Spoon the salad onto serving plates and top with the hot feta.

Serve immediately with warmed pita bread.

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18 comments:

  1. Nice salad. I discovered a ridiculous amount of mint growing alongside the road near the stable where I ride. I'm constantly on the lookout for new ways to use it.

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  2. Hot minted feta sounds like money (in the literal, not Guy Fieri sense).

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  3. I love these flavors together!

    It looks like there are nuts in the feta??? Are they walnuts?

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  4. I'll have something from your archives any day!!! Val, don't waste time, get a new camera!!! Spoil yourself!!

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  5. I'll have something from your archives any day!!! Val, don't waste time, get a new camera!!! Spoil yourself!!

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  6. mmmmmmm I'd throw in some watermelon too, but I'm going through a feta and watermelon phase right now.

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  7. A deliciously refreshing salad!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. Sorry no walnuts in the feta; just the colour created by frying..it creates kind of like an outside crispy skin that is so delicious:D

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  9. Clever idea to fry the feta Val! Good luck with the camera!

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  10. Ahh, for moment i thought spicy minted feta but it's a warm salad! Nice, I've been going light of late and mint is wonderful this time of year.

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  11. Absolutely perfect for this time of year. I can't wait to try this!

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  12. Oh man...this feta sounds outa this world!! Delicious, Val :)

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  13. That's just the type of salad I love in the summer. The warm minted feta sounds delicious.

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  14. This sounds amazing. Something about a warm element to a salad appeals to me and promises to be more filling. What a wonderful summer dinner choice.

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  15. Oh yeah! Feta and mint... I have posted 2 recipes with these 2 ingredients over the past week...

    Happy Canada Day!

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  16. The mint in my backyard is out of control, and this would be a perfect way to enjoy it. A lovely summer salad!

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  17. This sounds like the perfect summer dish, refreshing for hot days. Love the idea of feta being fryed.

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  18. Nice looking Greek salad!

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