Delicious Cheese Toppings for Salad

Salad topped with feta cheese

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The recipes below prove that a little bit of cheese can add a lot of flavor to a salad. Often, cheese adds so much flavor and rich texture that you can skip a heavy dressing.

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    Feta Cheese

    Greek salad with feta cheese

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    The salty flavor of feta means you don't have to add any extra salt to your salad. Often, you don't even need to add dressing—the creamy, moist texture of the cheese is enough.

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    Arugula salad with parmesan cheese

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    This salty, nutty Italian cheese is most often grated over pasta but it's equally delicious grated or shaved over a salad. A delicious substitution for Parmigiano-Reggiano is Grana Padano.

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    Blue Cheese

    Pieces of gorgonzola cheese on a chopping board

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    Blue cheese has always been popular in salads, usually in a creamy blue cheese dressing. You can make your own blue cheese dressing, vinaigrette, or just crumble the cheese right over the greens. Salty, sharp blue cheese is balanced beautifully by slightly sweet flavors in a salad: try beets, candied nuts, dried fruit or slivers of apple or pear.

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    Grated cheddar cheese

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    A few chunks or handfuls of grated cheddar can turn a light salad into a filling meal. Sharp cheddar is especially good.

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    Goat Cheese

    Strawberry & goat cheese salad

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    The popularity of goat cheese in salads soared when chefs started garnishing salads with fried rounds of goat cheese. Fried or not, it's still a great cheese for salad, even if simply crumbled on top of greens.