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which feta & olives to use


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#1 lisazee

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:56 AM

Hi ladies

I love a good greek salad - but have found whenever I make it its just not that great - I think the cheese and olive choices I make are not the best

So can you please help  a novice - and let me know which brand cheese and olives you use

thanks in advance



#2 antsy

Posted 19 December 2012 - 05:59 AM

I like australian feta because the taste isnt very strong. But I guess that depends on your personal preference. My mum uses bulgarian feta, which has a very strong taste and smell that I find a bit overpowering. As for olives, I leave them out because I dislike them.

#3 TopsyTurvy

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:07 AM

I used (by mistake) Danish feta recently.  It was very creamy and dissolved more than regular feta.  It was really nice actually and blended a bit with the dressing and made it really delicious!

Dressing is important too.  I always make my own original.gif

#4 lizzzard

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:11 AM

QUOTE (TopsyTurvy @ 19/12/2012, 06:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I used (by mistake) Danish feta recently.  It was very creamy and dissolved more than regular feta.  It was really nice actually and blended a bit with the dressing and made it really delicious!

Dressing is important too.  I always make my own original.gif

I was going to say Danish feta is one of my favorites - I like the softer texture.

As for olives, good quality (from the deli) marinated, de-pitted kalamata olives are my pick.

#5 Bel Rowley

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:13 AM

I don't know what brand I would use because I buy them from a deli, not packaged. Kalamata olives and crumbly, Greek-style feta, I don't mind Australian.

Make your own dressing.

Fresh herbs.

Find a good recipe - Greek salad should not have lettuce.

#6 WibbleWobble

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:23 AM

I use Greek, usually dedoni (?) brand from the deli. Olives fresh kalamata also from the deli.

#7 Pearson

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:53 AM

If you can, get olives not from the supermarket.  I get my olives from a fresh market.  A good deli would be great as well.  If you can, buy your own olive pitter, unpitted olives taste better, pre-pitted olives are not as nice.  Fresh markets or a good deli will let you try your olives first too.

I get Australian Feta, rinse the brine off as I use it (I like a mild fetta)  

Dressing - lemon juice, olive oil and dried greek oregano.

Our really nice greek restaurant up here serves some tomato, a couple of onion rings (red) and some cucumber with a couple of olives and a slice of feta, about 2 x 2 x .3cm in size.  Then they have the vinagrette over the top with a lemon wedge on the side (that is as a side salad).

Also make sure you season, and make immediately before serving.


#8 elmo_mum

Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:57 AM

i use bulgarian fetta and olives from a biottle - pitted kalamata olives

red onion

cucumber...

but great balsalmic vinegar!

#9 Lyra

Posted 19 December 2012 - 07:41 AM

I use dodoni feta and sliced black olives

#10 credence

Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:10 AM

You need to use greek feta and kalamata olives. Like others have said, dodoni is a good brand.


Kalamata olives from the deli - unpitted are the best, just pitt them yourself before you add them to the salad.



#11 FeralBob!

Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:19 AM

I'm another who likes dordoni feta and kalamata olives. I look for Feta that is AOP ( protected origin) and don't get spanish olives, they're tasteless.

For dressing, I use a simple viniagrette of 3 parts good olive oil, 1 part red wine vinegar, small bit of french mustard, sald and pepper and a little water to thin it out if needed.

#12 *LucyE*

Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:01 PM

I'll be cheeky and suggest 'Greek'.

Go to a good deli and ask for their recommendations.  Most will give you samples to try so you can work out which you prefer.




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