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Feta and Onion Salad? Are You Kidding Me?
That’s right! Feta and Onion Salad. When someone presented it to me for dinner one night, I thought they were crazy. Raw onions, in a salad, with some cheese sprinkled in? That sounded really weird, and not very tasty at all. Being inquisitive, however, I tasted what my mom always called a “Thank You Bite” so I wouldn’t hurt my friend’s feelings. Then, I piled my plate with it! The sweetest onions I’ve ever tasted, paired with a brined, salty cheese that brought out the sweetness even more. My tastebuds were at odds with my brain, trying to figure out how Feta and Onion Salad could be quite that tasty!
Perfect Onion Varieties for Feta and Onion Salad
The original choice for this deliciously cool salad was Vidalia onions. If you’ve never had these beauties, they are sweet, crisp, and perfect. They are grown in certain areas of Georgia, and are even the state vegetable! Another variety that is great for this salad is a Texas Sweet. They have a sugary taste that compliments the saltiness of the cheese perfectly. The last variety is aptly named Candy. These onions are as sweet and tasty as the other two, and work well in Feta and Onion Salad. Your pick depends on your personal choice and what’s available in your area.
- 2-3 Vidalia (or sweet) onions, sliced very thin
- 4 oz feta cheese
- 1/4 C chopped parsley
- 1 green pepper, sliced very thin
- ¼ C olive oil
- 2 T. white wine vinegar
- 2 T. lemon juice
- ½ t. dry oregano
- salt & pepper to taste
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Chill to marinate for at least 4 hours.
- Serve with your favorite meal.
Slicing Things Thin for Feta and Onion Salad
The easiest way to slice things super thin for this crispy salad is with a mandolin. If you’ve never used one, it’s one of the most indispensible things in my kitchen. It slices things thin to thick, depending on what setting you have it on, and makes short work of it. It’s perfect to use for the Feta and Onion Salad. When I first recommended it to a friend that makes this salad, she told me she doesn’t like gadgets and slicing the onions thin doesn’t take THAT long. So I brought mine over and showed her. She bought one the next day. Not only is it great for Feta and Onion salad, but for pickles, salads, and anything you want sliced perfectly! (Seriously…head out to your favorite cooking shop and find one!)
2-3 Vidalia (or sweet) onions, sliced very thin
4 oz feta cheese
1/4 C chopped parsley
1 green pepper, sliced very thin
¼ C olive oil
2 T. white wine vinegar
2 T. lemon juice
½ t. dry oregano
salt & pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
Chill to marinate for at least 4 hours.
Serve with your favorite meal.
Change things up a bit at your next cookout and serve Feta and Onion Salad!