Bored of your average breakfast? Is your lunch feeling lackluster? Are you looking for a simple way to jazz your dinners up, adding flavor and aesthetic appeal? Look no further than feta cheese. You can add it to nearly any dish, from soups to salads, breakfast to dinner, seafood to vegetables… it’s wildly adaptable while also being largely accessible and approachable (everyone from kids to adults will love whatever you put it in). Check out our 31 feta recipes to see just how versatile this cheese can be.
What is feta? Feta (or “sliced” in Greek) is a crumbly soft cheese from Greece that’s traditionally made from sheep’s milk. It’s often cut with goat’s milk and, in the United States, is sometimes made with cow’s milk, though this is inauthentic. You’ll know one from the other based on price (true sheep’s milk will be more expensive) and name (it’s most often found labeled Greek-style in the U.S.). Made similarly to other cheeses (from the curd separated from the whey), feta is unique in that it also gets brined in a salty liquid to give it its distinct tangy and rich flavor.
What kind should I buy? Like many cheeses, there are a number of feta options available at the store. Some of the most popular options include marinated or plain, and shredded or crumbled or in blocks. Which you should purchase really depends on what you plan to do with it. Marinated is fun any time you’re adding it to something more basic where the tangy cheese won’t compete with other ingredients, but plain is flavorful enough to do the job most of the time. We’re big supporters of always going fresh over pre-crumbled, but we also know that when tossing together green or grain salads, convenience sometimes wins out. The only time you really don’t want to use pre-crumbled is when you want it to melt, like for our pizza dough khachapuri or our Greek feta dip (because pre-crumbled usually has anti-clumping additives).
What should I make with it? If you’re completely unfamiliar, we recommend making our TikTok-famous baked feta pasta, or one of its offshoots, like our baked feta soup, baked feta eggs, or baked feta bites. It went viral for a reason! Otherwise, you really can add feta to anything that needs a little boost of flavor, from salads like our watermelon feta salad or our crunch salad, to appetizers like our feta walnut-stuffed mushrooms or our spinach puffs. Because of its Greek origins, feta is particularly wonderful in any dish with Mediterranean flavors, like our Greek salmon or our Greek salad, but truly, anything goes.
Want more cheese inspiration? Check out our top mozzarella, goat cheese, and burrata recipes too.