Makes 6-8 servings

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For the pickle:

3 cups Champagne

   vinegar or white

   balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons coriander

   seeds

2 tablespoons mustard

   seeds

1 medium shallot, sliced

4 whole garlic cloves

4 springs cilantro

2 pounds feta, diced or

   crumbled

For the salad:

1 pound Cerignola ol-

   ives (red, green, or

   black), pitted and

   cut in half

1 pound fresh straw-

   berries, hulled and

   cut in quarters

1/4 cup extra-virgin

   olive oil

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

12 ounces baby spinach

Salt and white pepper

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1. To prepare the pickle, combine the vinegar, 3 cups of water, sugar, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, shallot, garlic, and cilantro in a small saucepan. Bring the pickling liquid to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to a simmer, and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool completely.

2. Place the feta in a large mixing bowl or divide it between two 1-quart jars, and pour the cool pickling solution over the cheese. Make sure the feta is completely submerged. (If you use quart jars, you will have a little bit of extra brine left over, which you can use for a salad dressing.) Cover the feta and refrigerate it for at least five days.

3. To prepare the salad, remove the pickled feta from the liquid and drain it on paper towels. In a salad bowl, toss the olives, strawberries, olive oil, chopped cilantro, and spinach. Stir in the feta, then season with salt and pepper, if desired.

- From Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges,
Recipes, and Pairings by, Tenaya Darlington

 

(Running Press, 2013)

 

Note: This dish should be served fresh, as the strawberries will begin to break down and lose color over time. Use any leftover pickling solution to drizzle over salad greens.

Per serving (based on 8): 461 calories, 18 gram protein,

17 grams carbohydrates, 11 grams sugar, 37 grams fat,

101 milligrams cholesterol, 1,868 milligrams sodium, 4 gram dietary fiber.EndText