Greek Salad with Popcorn Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 17 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 2 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 large tomatoes, cubed

2 Lebanese cucumbers, cubed

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved

1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and cubed

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh dill

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

Juice of 1 lemon

1 cup cubed Kefalotyri or sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook's Notes: If you don't have a deep fryer, heat 2 tablespoons/30 ml oil in a pan at medium-high heat. Carefully place the cheese cubes in pan and lightly fry on both sides until golden, about 1 minute.
  3. Mix the tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olives, avocado in a large bowl with the dill, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and lemon juice.
  4. Deep fry the cheese at 375 degrees F for approximately 2 minutes. The cheese must be served immediately or it will harden again within a couple minutes.
  5. Toss the salad and garnish with fried cheese on top.