Delicious Meals Start With Simple Ingredients

<b>Delicious Meals Start With Simple Ingredients</b>“></td><td><p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – High-quality ingredients make any meal shine, whether it be a weeknight pasta or a lavish holiday dinner.

Take feta cheese, a favorite among food enthusiasts for its fresh, rich and tangy flavor. The 2008 ChefsBest award, a prize given by an independent judging organization that tests America’s best food products, went to Président Crumbled Feta (, a cheese available in most grocery stores. The ChefsBest awards are judged by a panel of professional chefs looking to find the highest-quality, American-made ingredients.

Feta is the perfect cheese for salads and is great sprinkled over pizza or sliced in sandwiches. It pairs well with olives, cucumbers, herbs de Provence, tomatoes, beets, endive, dill and mint. The soft cheese crumbles easily, effortlessly bringing complexity to vegetable dishes. Because a little goes a long way, with meals using feta cheese, you can eat less and still feel satisfied.

If you’re one of the many Americans hoping to create more gourmet recipes at home, try these two salads. Both use fresh vegetables and feta to create a simple lunch or a satisfying accompaniment to pasta or chicken.

Spinach Salad with Crumbled Feta

6 ounces crumbled feta (like Président)

1 bunch of spinach

1 cup of red grapes

1/2 cup smoked almonds

3 tablespoons of optional bacon bits

1/3 cup Greek dressing

Rinse spinach and place in a serving platter. Add red grapes, smoked almonds, bacon bits and feta. Serve with pita crisps and a side of Greek dressing.

Tomato and Olive Salad with Crumbled Feta

6 ounces crumbled feta (like Président)

4 large, ripe tomatoes

1 red onion

1 cup pitted and chopped kalamata olives

1 teaspoon minced garlic

3 tablespoons minced parsley

Fresh basil

1/2 cup vinaigrette

Cut tomatoes and onions into slices and arrange on a platter. Mix vinaigrette with minced parsley and garlic in a bowl. Pour vinaigrette over the tomato and onion slices and sprinkle with crumbled feta. Add kalamata olives and fresh basil.

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Delicious Meals Start With Simple Ingredients