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Loaded Feta Salad

Loaded Feta Salad – Baked feta, salad, a yummy dressing and pickles. Literally one of my favourite salads ever. 

Loaded Feta Salad

I realise I work in short bursts. Or that I upload to the blog in sort bursts but I promise behind the scenes I am always beavering away. 

This week is another busy week and I think I prefer it that way. Last week I worked out of bed (laptop work). Embarrassing confession but it was way too cold. Obvs cooking and photography took place in other parts of the house. This week I will venture beyond the bedroom and work downstairs as usual! It looks like its getting warmer anyway. I turned the heating down last night because I was getting all hot and bothered. LOLS.

Yesterday sadly, someone passed away and although I have only met him once and had interaction with him via my hubby another time, i felt a real sadness. The interaction via my husband was him offering a helping hand. He was also someone that my in laws knew well because he grew up on the same street as my Gran in Law.

This person dedicated the past few years of their life to helping others. Evidently from their social media, this is a person who was well loved by young and old alike, who had a heart full of kindness and who really cared about preparing for the afterlife. Being a believer in Islam and God, spirituality is something that is such a crucial part of who I am. Apologies to anyone that this is too deep for! 

Anyway this man was an inspiration and it reminded me how I want to live my life. Helping others was something I have wanted to do from a very young age. I want to get to a stage where I am so financially stable that I can dedicate a large part of my income and time to helping others. I am not saying that to come across as being someone special or for some sort of glory. I hope that when I get to that stage, I can do it privately although I absolutely understand the need to share the work you are doing to raise money and to inspire others.

 Anyway!!! This salad is great for gatherings like Eid, Weddings and Parties of any sort really.

Loaded Feta Salad

Course Lunch
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Baked Feta

  • 200 grams Feta
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 1 Red Chilli or 1 tsp Red Chilli flakes deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Pitta Chips

  • 3 White Pittas Torn into pieces
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika

Salad

  • 1/2 Cucumber halved, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 Green Pepper deseeded and cubed
  • 150 grams Baby Plum Tomatoes sliced in half
  • 1/2 Red Onion sliced finely
  • 150 grams Pitted Olives from a jar
  • 1/2 Pickled Turnip Sliced finely
  • 2 - 3 tbsp Mixed Pickles I use beetroot cabbage, jalapeños and gherkins

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6.

Pitta Chips

  1. To make the chips, put the torn pittas on a baking tray and drizzle with the oil. Scatter with paprika and bake for 15 minutes until crisp and golden.

Baked Feta

  1. Put the feta in a small ovenproof dish. Scatter over the thyme, chilli and garlic, then drizzle with the oil. Bake for 10 minutes.

Dressing

  1. Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl.

Assemble

  1. Toss the salad ingredients in a bowl, then top with the dressing, baked feta and serve with pitta chips.

 

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