Cheese balls in sesame, macerated strawberries and a mix of lettuces. Delicious summer salad in Greek style.
For the preparation of cheese balls, we can use feta salad cheese, but the best option would be real feta cheese.
Greek feta cheese (geographically protected name) is an original salad cheese characterized by a spicy and salty taste, high creaminess and tenderness. Recommended for salads, baking in filo pastry, casseroles, scrambled eggs, grilled or poured with olive oil. Original feta cheese and black and white sesame can be bought in larger stores or online, e.g. at Cuisines of the world .
The inspiration for the preparation of this salad was the recipe of the Greek chef Dimitros Anastasopoulos from the book "Time for Greece". In his version, the Dimitros chef added Mataxa to the marinade, and he baked the marinated strawberries for 5 minutes in the oven. I modified the recipe a bit and skipped the brandy, which was replaced with balsamic vinegar, and served the strawberries raw.
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 500 g strawberries
- 150 g feta or feta salad cheese
- 50 g Greek yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 20 g white and black sesame
- 1 packet of lettuce mix
- fresh thyme
- a few red onion rings
- Wash the strawberries, dry them, destalk them and cut them into quarters. We mix all the ingredients for the marinade. Gently mix the strawberry quarters with the marinade, cover and set aside for an hour at room temperature.
- Mix or crush the cheese, yoghurt, honey and pepper with a fork. Put the cheese mass in the fridge for about 30 minutes. After this time, form cheese balls and coat them in sesame.
- Place the salad mix, strawberry quarters and cheese balls on the platter. Add the onion rings and fresh thyme. Sprinkle the salad with the marinade made after maceration of the strawberries.