This colourful Greek salad recipe served with crisp, golden fried feta cheese, drizzled with honey, dressed with a lemon and oregano Greek salad dressing.
- Feta cheese. I always use feta cheese in brine.
- Flour. Gluten free all purpose flour can substituted.
- Breadcrumbs. Panko breadcrumbs give a delicious crispy crust but any breadcrumbs will work. Use Gluten Free if needed.
- Oil, for frying.
- Olives. I used Kalamata olives.
- Salad vegetables: Lettuce, cucumber, tomato, red onion, peppers, avocado, etc.
- Olive oil.
- Pita bread.
- Lemon juice.
- Salt and pepper.
How to make Greek salad with fried feta cheese
- Prepare the cheese: Pat feta cheese dry with paper towels. Place seasoned flour in a large flat bowl, beat eggs into another bowl and in a third bowl, place the breadcrumbs. Coat the cheese first in the flour, then in the egg and finally in the breadcrumb. For a thicker coating, you can repeat the egg and breadcrumb steps.
- Frying Feta cheese: Heat canola or sunflower oil in a deep pot then carefully add the feta cheese once hot. Fry until golden brown, it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
- Assemble the salad: Slice all of your preferred salad vegetables into large chunks. Traditionally Greek salad contains tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, olives, feta and red onion. I’m not the biggest fan of peppers so left them out and added avocado and lettuce to bulk up the salad a little. Place all the salad ingredients in a large serving bowl or platter then add the fried feta cheese.
- Dress and serve: Make the dressing by combining all the ingredients and whisking well. Pour over the salad and serve.
Can I make this ahead?
The feta cheese can be breaded up to an hour in advance. It is best served warm with the salad so I would recommend only frying 10-20 minutes before serving. The dressing can be made up to a week in advance and kept in a jar in the fridge. The assembled, undressed salad can be made an hour in advance, simply add the cheese and dressing before serving.
Greek salad with fried Feta cheese
This colorful Greek salad recipe served with crisp, golden fried feta cheese, drizzled with honey, dressed with a lemon and oregano Greek salad dressing.Print Pin Rate Add to Shopping ListGo to Shopping List
for the fried feta cheese
- 200 g (7 oz) brined feta cheese
- 1 cup flour
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 cups panko breadcrumbs seasoned with a pinch of salt, black pepper and a pinch of dried oregano
- oil for frying
- honey for drizzling
for the Greek salad
- baby butter lettuce leaves optional
- 2 small Mediterranean cucumbers sliced
- red and yellow cherry tomatoes
- Kalamata olives
- 2 ripe avocados sliced
- 2 pita breads toasted and cut into wedges
for the Greek salad dressing
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt & pepper to taste
- To fry the feta, heat the oil in a deep saucepan.
- Cover the feta cheese first in the flour, then in the beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs. If you want a thicker, crunchier coating, repeat the egg and breadcrumb steps.
- When the oil it hot, carefully place the feta cheese in the oil and allow to fry until golden brown and crispy all over.
- Remove and allow to drain on kitchen paper.
- To assemble the salad, place all the ingredients on a large platter.
- Whisk together all the salad dressing ingredients.
- Drizzle a little honey over the feta cheese and place on the salad, dress and serve.
Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
Your recipe for Greek Pork Chops is exactly what I wanted and I love that I can have them marinating while I make the salad and dressing! Perfect for a quick and delicious meal, thanks and keep them coming.
Nick @ GreekBoston.com
Feta is a staple in Greek salad. This recipe takes the idea even further by adding fried feta instead of the typical choice! The fried cheese is a perfect complement to the rest of the ingredients.
Looks so freshy, healthly and tasty. Great for hot summer days.
I love this recipe. Greek salad is always great but frying the feta? Just genius!
Thanks Jamie! 🙂
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
The colors!! Just gorgeous Alida. And the addition of the crispy fried feta cheese is just perfect! With summer heading our way in just a few short months, this salad will be on repeat for sure!
Thanks so much Mary Ann. It’s such a Summer stand-by for us.
YUM! Made this bad boy this past weekend but I subbed some Vermont Creamery Bijou goat cheese in place of the feta and it was absolute heaven. Thanks for the great recipe, (and site!)
Yuuuum! I’m a big fan of deep-fried goat’s cheese so can just imagine how delicious this salad was with that. Thanks for your lovely comment Clara!
Laura | Tutti Dolci
Just gorgeous, the fried feta cheese puts this salad over the top! 🙂
Thanks Laura! 🙂
Amanda@ The Kitcheneer
Yes. yes to EVERYTHING in this salad! That fried feta plus honey drizzled over top has me drooling over here!
Mission accomplished. 😉
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
What a GORGEOUS summer salad Alida! I have never tried fried feta, but obviously I’ve been missing out! I need to serve this at one of my summer get-togethers! The colors are just beautiful!
Thanks Mary Ann! Fried feta cheese is absolutely the most delicious thing. Please let me know what you thought of the salad once you’ve tried it! 🙂
Every weekend I cook one of your recipes and when my grown kids know it’s a recipe from Alida Ryder, the excitement builds while I place it on the table, telling them the ingredients in the dish. We love everything you cook and the recipes are so easy, I can replicate them and serve them up as pictured. Thanks so much Alida and keep them coming. xx
Your comment has just made my day Suzanne. That is so wonderful to hear. As a recipe creator, I am often worried that my recipes aren’t clear enough or that I might think they are simple but they are actually not, so to hear that you enjoy cooking my recipes and that your family enjoy eating them, makes me happier than you can imagine! 🙂