Cheese is great for adding flavour, texture and contrast to a salad.
It can be used to turn a salad into a heartier meal, or as a
substitute for a heavy dressing. Apart from cheddar, which can be
grated over a green or tomato salad to add colour and taste, there
are five more cheeses that are perfect to add to salad recipes.
Feta cheese is used in Greek salads to add flavour; it is a salty
cheese so there is no need to add additional salt to the recipe.
Dressing may not be required either, as the feta is a creamy, moist
cheese. Mix feta with kalamata olives, plum tomatoes, red onion and
cucumber for a traditional Greek-style salad. Feta also goes well
with oranges and parma ham to give salads an interesting twist.
Blue cheeses, such as gorgonzola and stilton, are ideal if you want
a sharper, stronger flavour to your salad. As an alternative to the
popular blue cheese dressing, simply crumble your cheese over the
top of a plate of salad greens. Blue cheeses complement beets,
mushrooms, nuts and pears.
Goats cheese is hugely popular in salads and also works well with
beets, mushrooms and nuts. A round of goats cheese is often served
topped with breadcrumbs and with the salad leaves on the side;
alternatively, crumble the goats cheese over the dish for a tasty
For a milder cheese to add to your salad, try ricotta; with its
smooth, mild flavour it works on salad dishes that already have a
spicy ingredient or a strong flavour, such as grilled chicken.
Ricotta and spinach make a great salad combination. Go for roasted
ricotta, which is drier than regular ricotta and easier to crumble
over the dish.
Parmagiano-regganio is an Italian cheese: salty and earthy with a
hint of nut, it is commonly served grated and sprinkled over
pastas, pizzas and soups, but also works well in a salad dish. As
an alternative to grating, shave thin slices of the cheese; these
will give the salad more bite. Fennel, parma ham and melon all
taste great with a topping of parmagiano-regganio.
There are many more varieties of delicious cheeses and most of them
taste great in salad dishes. The key is to look at the other
ingredients in your salad recipe and try to work out what kind of
cheese will add the most to it.
Keep being ewenique!