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What can I substitute for gorgonzola cheese in a pasta salad?
Gorgonzola is a blue cheese, so it has a strong flavor that some folks don't like very much.
There are a lot of great alternatives and those will depend on your preference. A simple goat cheese would be a good choice, as it's not too strong but will offer the same sort of creaminess of the gorgonzola.
If you want a very mild cheese, choose fresh mozzarella and cut it into a small dice.
The other great alternative would be feta cheese. While feta is too strong for some folks, and it is higher in sodium, a little bit goes a very long way.
I like to use creamy cheeses like blue cheese, mozzarella, goat cheese, and feta in salads because they add so much flavor and can help reduce the amount of dressing you need (helping reduce the overall number of calories in the salad).
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS