Fried Feta Salad with Pear & Spicy Tahini Dressing

Fried Feta Salad

with Pear & Spicy Tahini Dressing

25 MIN
$17.99 2-4 Servings
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The star of this irresistible salad is our fried feta cubes, which you'll make by coating the feta in flour, egg, and sesame breadcrumbs, then pan-frying until golden brown and warm. It's the perfect topping for our spicy tahini-dressed arugula, spinach, and pear.
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ingredients
Fried Feta Salad with Pear & Spicy Tahini Dressing
Title
  • 3 oz Baby Spinach
  • 2 oz Arugula
  • 4 oz Feta Cheese
  • 1 Pasture-Raised Egg
  • 1 Pear
  • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsps All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Black & White Sesame Seeds
  • 2 tsps Honey
  • 2 Tbsps Tahini
  • 1½ tsps Calabrian Chile Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Sherry Vinegar
  • 1 bunch Mint
  • ½ oz Pickled Peppadew Peppers
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instructions
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve each block of feta crosswise; pat dry with paper towels. Quarter, core, and thinly slice the pear. Roughly chop the peppers. Pick the mint leaves off the stems.

Bread the feta
2 Bread the feta

Place the flour on a plate; season with salt and pepper. On a separate plate, combine the breadcrumbs and sesame seeds; season with salt and pepper. Crack the egg into a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Beat until smooth. Working one piece at a time, thoroughly coat the feta halves in the seasoned flour (carefully tapping off any excess), then in beaten egg (letting the excess drip off), then in the sesame breadcrumbs (pressing gently to adhere).

Fry the feta
3 Fry the feta

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of breadcrumbs sizzles immediately when added, add the breaded feta. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately season with salt.

Make the salad & serve your dish
4 Make the salad & serve your dish

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the tahini, vinegar, honey, 1 tablespoon of water, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Add the spinach, arugula, sliced pear, and chopped peppers; toss to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the salad topped with the fried feta. Garnish with the mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve each block of feta crosswise; pat dry with paper towels. Quarter, core, and thinly slice the pear. Roughly chop the peppers. Pick the mint leaves off the stems.

2 Bread the feta

Place the flour on a plate; season with salt and pepper. On a separate plate, combine the breadcrumbs and sesame seeds; season with salt and pepper. Crack the egg into a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Beat until smooth. Working one piece at a time, thoroughly coat the feta halves in the seasoned flour (carefully tapping off any excess), then in beaten egg (letting the excess drip off), then in the sesame breadcrumbs (pressing gently to adhere).

Bread the feta
Fry the feta
3 Fry the feta

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot enough that a pinch of breadcrumbs sizzles immediately when added, add the breaded feta. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately season with salt.

4 Make the salad & serve your dish

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the tahini, vinegar, honey, 1 tablespoon of water, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Add the spinach, arugula, sliced pear, and chopped peppers; toss to coat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the salad topped with the fried feta. Garnish with the mint leaves (tearing just before adding). Enjoy!

Make the salad & serve your dish
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