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I'm making a roasted shrimp and orzo salad and am looking for a substitute for feta, which my friend doesn't like. I think it's mainly the saltiness that puts her off. What cheese could I substitute? Isn't there a Mexican one that is similar in texture?

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  1. How about ricotta salata? Similar texture, without the strong/salty taste...

    1. Have you ever tried french feta? I have to say it's my favorite feta, not at all salty and very creamy. Not at all like a greek or bugarian feta.

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      1. re: andieb

        Yes, I like French Feta as well. I also like the ricotta salata idea - I use it a lot on salads.

        1. re: andieb

          French is my all time favorite. Followed by Bulgarian, Greek and Domestic. The stuff in the grocery store is a poor example of feta cheese in most cases.

        2. Queso Fresco has the same texture but is much less salty.

          1. I sometimes substitute a good Chevre for Feta but I have read that either Parmigiano or Romano can be used as well.

            1. cotija, IMO...

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              1. re: jaykayen

                Cotija: That's what I was going to say. But, the cotija I bought yesterday from a v small cheese "factory" or whatever you call it, is a bit salty. Yummy though! Queso fresco, as someone mentioned above, is not salty, but it doesn't have the same feel as feta. Way softer.

              2. Great ideas! Thanks everyone!

                1. I really dislike feta for the same reason -- so salty!

                  I emphatically second the rec for chevre. TJs has a lovely one with a white and blue wrapper called "Madame Chevre".

                  1. You can always soak feta in a milk bath for a while to remove the excess saltiness.