Quality ingredients can make any meal shine, no matter if it’s a weeknight dinner or a grand holiday feast.

For its unique, rich and tangy flavour, feta cheese is a favourite among food lovers. The 2008 ChefsBest award, a prize given by an independent judging organization that tests America’s best food products, went to Président Crumbled Feta (www.PresidentCheese.comIt is a common cheese found in grocery stores. A panel of chefs who are professionals in the kitchen judge the ChefsBest Awards. They want to recognize American-made ingredients that are high-quality.

Feta makes a wonderful addition to salads. It is great with olives. It crumbles easily and adds complexity to vegetable dishes. You can eat less and still be satisfied with feta cheese meals.

These two salads are great for Americans who want to make more gourmet meals at home. Both salads use fresh vegetables and feta for a quick lunch or as a delicious accompaniment to chicken or pasta.

Spinach Salad with Crumbled Feta

6 ounces crumbled feta (like Président)

1 bunch spinach

1 cup red grapes

1/2 cup smoked almonds

3 tablespoons optional bacon bits

1/3 cup Greek dressing

Rinse the spinach and place on a platter. Add red grapes. Smoked almonds, bacon bits, and feta. Serve with pita chips and Greek dressing.

Tomato and Olive Salad With Crumbled Feta

6 ounces crumbled feta (like Président)

4 large, ripe tomatoes

1 red onion

1 cup chopped and pitted kalamata olives

1 teaspoon minced Garlic

3 tablespoons minced Parsley

Fresh basil

Vinaigrette: 1/2 cup

Cut tomatoes and onions in slices and arrange them on a platter. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette and minced parsley. Use vinaigrette to coat the onion and tomato slices. Then sprinkle crumbled feta on top. You can also add fresh basil and kalamata olives.

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