Michael Psilakis' Warm Feta with Tomato, Olive & Pepper Salad

Makes a Great Topping for Grilled Chicken or Steak

GMA Recipes
Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

This super-easy and fast dish is a play on Saganaki, A typical tavern dish that melts cheese by grilling, broiling, or pan-frying. You could grill a large plank of feta and top it with this salad, but since this is a meze, I don't want anyone to have to use a fork.

You can enjoy this dish at Michael Psilakis' restaurant, Kefi.


  • 1 small Spanish or sweet onion,
  • thickly sliced
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 9 caperberries, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 9 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 9 cracked green olives, pitted and torn
  • 9 Kalamata olives, pitted and torn
  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 fire-roasted red bell peppers, home-roasted or store-bought, roughly chopped
  • 9 Greek sardines or white anchovies (optional), diced
  • 9 small, picked sprigs dill
  • 9 small, picked sprigs parsley
  • 9 leaves fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dry Greek oregano
  • 12 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 warmed or toasted pita breads,
  • cut into wedges
  • Cooking Directions

    Brush the onion slices with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. On a hot grill pan or in a cast-iron skillet, grill until tender and slightly char-marked. Separate into rings.

    On a hot grill pan or in a cast-iron skillet, grill the onion until tender and slightly char-marked. Separate into rings.

    In a large bowl, combine the grilled onion, caperberries, capers, tomatoes, olives, red onion, roasted peppers, sardines or anchovies (optional), dill, parsley, and basil. Drizzle with the vinaigrette, season with kosher salt and pepper, sprinkle with oregano, and toss the salad until evenly coated.

    Scatter the feta evenly over the base of an ovenproof baking dish or gratin. Warm the feta until slightly softened, 30 seconds in a microwave, or under a broiler for 3 minutes. Top with the salad and serve with the pita wedges. Scoop feta and salad onto a wedge with a knife and eat out of hand.

    * Grill a couple of sirloin steaks and, when you are warming them up after the resting period, scatter with some crumbled feta. Then make the salad as below and pile it on top of the steak.

    * Grill a pounded, seasoned chicken breast and top it with the feta, run under a broiler to soften—but not melt—the feta, and top with this salad

    Recipe courtesy Kefi.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: onion, feta, tomato, olive, pepper

    Course: Salad

    More Info: Kid Friendly

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