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Substitute for feta?

cackalackie May 13, 2009 11:41 AM

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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    pâté chinois May 13, 2009 12:13 PM

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

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      andieb May 13, 2009 12:21 PM

      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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        MMRuth May 13, 2009 03:17 PM

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

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          scubadoo97 May 13, 2009 04:50 PM

          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.

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          chileheadmike May 13, 2009 12:23 PM

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

          1. Gio May 13, 2009 12:28 PM

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

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              jaykayen May 13, 2009 12:32 PM

              cotija, IMO...

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                MazDee May 13, 2009 07:49 PM

                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.

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                cackalackie May 13, 2009 12:44 PM

                Great ideas! Thanks everyone!

                1. Maxmillion May 13, 2009 04:49 PM

                  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. pikawicca May 13, 2009 07:53 PM

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

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