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  • What is the best cheese to put in a salad?



    What is the best cheese to put in a salad?

    Bill from Cape Town likes, "blue cheese or parmesan." Jill from Durban prefers, "a really good shaved parmesan." And Ian S. from Pretoria explains that, "If it's vinaigrette dressing, then feta. If it's bleu cheese dressing, then, well, bleu cheese. If it's ranch dressing, then cheddar."


    Ah, two votes already for one of my favorites, parmesan cheese. Fresh parmesan cheese, which, being a hard cheese, keeps for a suprisingly long time in the fridge, can make almost any food better in my opinion. And salad is certainly no exception. I might shread a little parmesan on my cereal in the morning if I didn't think I'd get strange looks from my husband!
     
    After that, I can't disagree with Ian's basic cheese logic. Feta and vinaigrette are certainly a lovely pair, for instance. I'm not a huge fan of ranch dressing, but I have no qualms about adding cheddar to my salads!
     
    One of my favorite simple salads is a basic mixture of greens, cherry or grape tomatoes, strips of honey ham, and, of course, strips of swiss cheese. I often pair this with a nice honey mustard dressing. And the beauty of both the ham and swiss cheese is that they are both strong enough flavors to overcome the sweetness of the dressing. Yum!