I was having a salad for lunch earlier with ricotta salata and I was kind of upset because I was really wishing I would have bought the feta cheese at whole foods. Anyhow, it inspired me to write a post about cheeses that make good substitutes for similar cheeses, or basically food recommendations based on your personal palate! 🙂
I am a big fan of feta cheese, but when I want something a little harder, milder, and less salty I normally opt for ricotta salata. Ricotta salata is a semi hard cheese that is a bit dry and crumbly. It tastes like normal ricotta cheese but with added salt and a different texture. Just imagine someone drained all of the water out of ricotta, thats basically what ricotta salata is. Also, I love having paneer in Indian dishes. I feel paneer, feta, and ricotta salata all fall within a similar taste and texture category. Paneer is a very milky cheese an has the texture of a feta and mozzarella combination, leaning more towards the feta side.