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ReillyJ 04-03-2013 08:36 PM

Best cheese for topping salads?
 
Been using grated cheddar cheese and LOOOOVE it but of course would like something lower calorie ounce for ounce. Mozarella's just too mild.

atmos 04-03-2013 08:53 PM

This doesn't exactly address your request in terms of lowering the calorie count ounce for ounce, but if you're interested in the "a little goes a long way" variety, you could try some of the stronger cheeses like extra sharp cheddar or goat. My go-to is 1/4 cup of crumbled feta for about 80 calories. I find that it gets into just about every bite with the small crumbled bits, with lots of flavor. Rarely is there not a container of crumbled feta in the fridge!

And if you don't mind spending the money, grating from a well-aged wedge of parmesan is heavenly in my opinion.

ReillyJ 04-03-2013 08:59 PM

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Originally Posted by atmos (Post 4693071)
This doesn't exactly address your request in terms of lowering the calorie count ounce for ounce, but if you're interested in the "a little goes a long way" variety, you could try some of the stronger cheeses like extra sharp cheddar or goat. My go-to is 1/4 cup of crumbled feta for about 80 calories. I find that it gets into just about every bite with the small crumbled bits, with lots of flavor. Rarely is there not a container of crumbled feta in the fridge!

And if you don't mind spending the money, grating from a well-aged wedge of parmesan is heavenly in my opinion.

*mouth waters!!*

LRH 04-03-2013 09:16 PM

Reduced fat feta by (I think) Athenos. Couldn't have my salad without it!

IanG 04-03-2013 09:54 PM

I like a tiny bit of blue. But just a smidgen.

Sum38 04-03-2013 09:56 PM

I use Bleu cheese. 90 calories for 1/4 cup and loads of taste!

NightowlAnnie 04-03-2013 11:25 PM

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Originally Posted by atmos (Post 4693071)
And if you don't mind spending the money, grating from a well-aged wedge of parmesan is heavenly in my opinion.

haha..I totally agree :carrot:

Misti in Seattle 04-03-2013 11:38 PM

A bit of organic feta really adds!

Jez 04-04-2013 01:32 AM

Hands down, sheep milk feta. 70-80 calories per oz. And amazing. It's crumbly like goat cheese, but with a creamier mouth-feel and less tang/salt.

JenMusic 04-04-2013 04:19 AM

I eat salad 6/7 days a week, and love them. :) My go to cheeses are the STRONG ones, which have already been mentioned: feta, goat, and blue. Go to the deli section of your supermarket and see what they have there - often you can find a specialty cheese case that has different cheeses from the mass market ones over the dairy aisle.

IanG 04-04-2013 07:25 AM

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I eat salad 6/7 days a week, and love them.
Now that is what I'm talking about peeps! Salads rule!

ReillyJ 04-04-2013 02:15 PM

Ian!

Any beer flavored cheese toppings? haha!

Yea i eat a HUUUUGE salad 5-6 X a week, it takes awhile to eat it and it satisfies! I usually have 1/2 romaine and 1/2 assorted spring greens in a huge mixing bowl and add 1/2 avocado, grilled chopped seasoned chicken breast, a handful of different veggies, fat free Italian (yes i know, not the best in clean eating but it keeps the cal count waaaay down and i add the fat back in w/the avocado) and i usually add in a small handful of grated cheddar, thus the inquiry on how i can lower the calorie count with a different cheese, looks like Feta or Sheep cheese may be the answer, i'll look into grated parmesan.

Really want to get that 120 cheddar cheese cal count down !

IanG 04-04-2013 02:38 PM

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Ian!

Any beer flavored cheese toppings? haha!
Not that I have found. Sigh. But I keep looking.

I have yet to mix beer with salad. That would be a bit like mixing breakfast with lunch (brunch?). But so far I have kept the two separate.

pixiefalls 04-04-2013 02:52 PM

I haven't tried feta, but you guys are making me want to! :lol: I do love sharp and extra sharp cheddar... Yum!

Novus 04-04-2013 08:00 PM

Queso fresco is amazing! Smoked cheeses like swiss, cheddar, and provolone add a lot of flavor even if you don't use a whole lot. And I agree with everyone else about feta.


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