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Freshen up Summer with Feta

roasted apricot halves with feta, honey, walnuts, and rosemary

Since the days of Homer, feta has been a favorite amongst humans and cyclopses alike. And it’s no wonder: the cheese is salty, moist, and crumbly, which makes it the perfect topping for pizzas, salads, and meat dishes. Feta is also versatile– its slightly briny, mild flavor makes it suitable for savory and sweet dishes alike — including breakfast. Indeed, it only takes one eye to know that this cheese is a tasty addition to (almost) any recipe.

This summer, we’re into feta’s bright flavors that complement the season’s bounty of vegetables. But while you can always throw together a simple salad of feta, cucumbers, and sweet peppers, why not add a few more ingredients and make a simple, hearty meal of it? Food52 blogger Caroline Wright recommends a Bitter Green Salad Tart with Feta and Chilies — a fortuitous hybrid between pizza and spanakopita. The tangy cheese offsets the bitterness of the greens, and the flaky  puff pastry contributes some serious textural enhancement. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s Caroline’s final review of the dish:

The resulting tart was dense with flavor from the bitter greens, but cut with a richness from the puff pastry and a brininess from the feta. This lovechild of a pizza and a tart (with a bit of salad thrown in for good measure) was a tasty and simple summer meal that I’ll be making again before the heat hits full tilt!

This recipe only takes a quick 20 minutes to whip up, but if you find yourself with a bit more time to spare, we suggest you try making the feta yourself. 

Amanda Minoff

Amanda graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a degree in English Literature and Art History. She is a reader and writer of fiction and loves cheese that tells a good story.