35+ Feta Cheese Recipes You'll Love
Fact: Feta makes everything better. From fresh seasonal salads (like this Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint and this Kale, Farro, and Feta Salad) and sauces (you'll want to drench your next meal in this Creamy Feta Sauce) to sandwiches (we're in love with these Greek Grilled Lamb and Feta Pita Sandwiches) and quesadillas (Steak, Feta, and Olive Quesadilla, we're looking at you), you'll come back to our best feta cheese recipes over and over again.
Fennel, Tomato, and Feta Skillet Bake
Fresh fennel becomes mellow and sweet once sautéed and braised in chopped, strained tomatoes. If you can’t find Pomì brand, drain about 1/3 of the liquid from a (15-oz.) can of unsalted diced tomatoes. Pair this simple, beautiful side with baked fish or lemon-and-herb roasted chicken.
Pasta with Charred Broccoli, Feta, and Lemon
Author Colu Henry loves taking vegetables to the edge by roasting until they are deeply browned and caramelized, giving them great texture and amping up their flavor. The feta cheese emulsifies in the pasta water, creating a velvety sauce for the pasta.
Chickpea and Spinach Pancakes with Feta Butter
These herb-packed spinach pancakes use chickpea flour as an earthy base for this brunch-entertaining-friendly dish that can easily be made the day before and reheated when company arrives.
Savory Zucchini and Feta Muffins
If you're making these at home, Marissa Hermer recommends using an ice cream scoop to make sure you "get the perfect measure of batter into the molds every time," adding, "Make a batch the night before and reheat them for breakfast."
Fried Feta with Honey
Saganaki is most commonly served as an appetizer with a breaded sesame seed crust. This version passes on flour and sesame seeds and instead wraps feta in crackly, buttery phyllo dough instead.
Pear and Feta Breakfast Crostini
This feta toast is great for breakfast and brunch, but truthfully, it’s lovely to snack on at any time of day. The addition of pear gives it a juicy burst of flavor.
Feta and Pea Tendril Omelet
Vibrant, crisp seasonal greens breathe new life into a classic French omelet. Jeanine Donofrio, author of The Love & Lemons Cookbook, guarantees a bright start to any spring day with eggs, avocado, feta, peas, and pea tendrils.
Kale, Farro, and Feta Salad
This easy whole-grain-plus-veg combo checks all the boxes of a satisfying winter side: hearty yet bright with zingy notes, and full of texture and color. Pair with roasted chicken thighs or as a side for pureed vegetable soup. Top leftover salad with chopped cooked chicken, apples, and pecans for an easy lunch.
Mini Filo Cups with Caponata and Feta
Using store-bought caponata, a sweet-and-sour Sicilian eggplant relish, makes creating this smoky appetizer a breeze. While you can buy pre-made filo cups, baking them yourself adds flavor and only takes about 10 minutes. You’ll need a mini muffin pan.
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Grapefruit, Olives, and Feta
This ultra-hearty chicken dish is the perfect balance of warm earthy flavors and tangy, salty toppings. If you prefer, you can subsitute any citrus of your choosing in place of the grapefruit. If you can't get your hands on Castelvetrano olives, you can substitute for a different olive.
Feta-Quinoa Cakes with Spinach
While most precooked grains call for some cooking to reheat and finish hydrating, we skip that step here. The quinoa will plump in the liquid from the batter and finish cooking in the skillet.
Steak, Feta, and Olive Quesadillas
We've given the steak quesadilla a Mediterranean spin with feta cheese, olives, and a dollop of creamy Greek yogurt. Meaty, slightly fruity Castelvetrano olives have less sodium than other olives and add a pretty pop of green. If you can't find them, try swapping in rich kalamata olives.
Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
The real secret to a crowd-pleasing crudités platter? A rich, tangy homemade dip. Choose feta that’s sold in blocks stored in brine. Crumbled feta contains an additive that prevents clumping, and it will not blend as smoothly. Serve on a tray piled with colorful baby vegetables.
Watermelon Salad with Feta and Mint
A simple, fresh watermelon salad says summer like nothing else. And with the addition of crumbled feta cheese, bright mint, and a chunky olive vinaigrette, the salty-sweet flavor balance of this watermelon salad is especially swoon-worthy.
Grilled Radishes with Feta and Thyme
Cooked radish is often overlooked, but it works really well and combining it with fresh radish gives you the best of both worlds. These are easy to make and a little different than the normal grilled fare, which makes them fun., especially when paired with grilled meats.
Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Cucumbers add a welcome crunch to this refreshing summer salad of cubed watermelon, fresh herbs, and crumbled feta cheese. You can replace the fresh mint with basil if you prefer, or use a combination of both herbs. A personal-sized seedless watermelon is just the right size for this salad.
Lemon-Feta Green Beans
Searing lemons is one of our favorite tricks for upping the ante on any dish. The tart juice mellows out, providing the perfect balance for the briny capers and feta in this skillet side. If you have any leftovers, try adding halved cherry tomatoes and enjoying as a cold salad; some cooked chicken or shrimp would turn it into a lovely main dish.
Creamy Feta Sauce
If you’re a fan of Greek tzatziki, you’ll love this version that gets nice briny flavor from feta cheese. Fresh mint rounds out the flavors and softens the garlic. Try it on lamb, chicken, or salmon.
Grilled Lamb and Feta Pita Sandwiches
Your favorite Mediterranean takeout just got a wholesome makeover. We mixed in lean ground sirloin with the lamb for a lighter patty; lemon and cumin keep the flavor bright and bold. Be sure to let the cucumber dry before stirring it into the yogurt to keep the sauce nice and creamy.
Garlic-and-Herb Chickpea Fries with Whipped Feta
Reach peak frite with our herb-filled fries that are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside—and yes, made from chickpeas. Dunk the Za’atar-flavored crisps in a fluffy whipped feta with just the right amount of lemony zing.
Snap Peas with Feta
Be sure to pat the snap peas thoroughly dry before tossing with the creamy yogurt-feta dressing so the dressing coats the peas instead of slipping off. Fresh mint gives this dish a decidedly Greek flavor, but dill would also taste great. The peas are a perfect side for grilled lamb chops or oregano-garlic seasoned chicken.
Loaded Greek Feta Fries
This dish gets tons of flavor from the spices. If your fresh oregano is strong, start with less than what’s called for and add more to taste. To speed things up, prep all the ingredients in advance so you can assemble quickly while the fries are still hot.
Grilled Romaine with Feta and Nuoc Cham
Chef Bill Kim uses fresh minced chiles in his bigger batch of nuoc cham in Korean BBQ. This recipe calls for crushed red pepper for convenience, since it's only 1/8 teaspoon in our adaptation.
Asparagus, Artichoke, And Feta Frittata
Wake up on the right side of bed with this Asparagus, Artichoke, and Feta Frittata. The delicious seasonal veggies and feta cheese add a nice brightness to a breakfast favorite.
Stuffed Pattypan Squash with Beef and Feta
Feta cheese and fresh dill add a Greek accent to stuffed squash. Pattypan squash make cute, round vessels for this tasty filling, but you can also use zucchini or summer squash.
Feta-Stuffed Burgers with Grilled Onion on Sourdough
For a cheesy, Mediterranean spin on your next grilled burgers night, these feta-stuffed burgers are the perfect solution. Served on warm, hearty sourdough bread along side crispy, succulent grilled onions, these beef patties are the ultimate summer time dinner.
Feta-and-Walnut Blistered Green Beans
Charring is a great technique for coaxing extra flavor from vegetables without adding calories. Here, slender green beans stay crisp and fresh while taking on a hint of bitter and smoke for balance.
Feta-Herb Edamame Succotash
We're ready for the glories of summer produce, but since it's not quite the season, frozen vegetables and year-round grape tomatoes do the job wonderfully. This speedy, veggie-packed entrée is light yet satisfying, and it holds up great when prepared a day in advance.
Falafel, Feta, and Tomato Salad
Think of chopped falafel as a tasty, protein-packed crouton--it adds texture to the salad and instantly turns a simple side into a substantial main dish. We chose a Mediterranean theme here, but you could use any nuts, cheeses, or vegetables you like.
Crunchy Cucumber, Feta, and Almond Salad
Crunchy and crisp vegetables signify freshness--they taste as vibrant as they look. Fewer ingredients let you enjoy every kind of crunch, from crisp romaine to crunchy almonds, without overwhelming the palate.
Roasted Red Pepper, Feta and Hummus Pizza
Scatter some chopped fresh oregano or parsley over the top of Roasted Red Pepper, Feta and Hummus Pizza just before serving for bright flavor and a splash of green.
Tomato Salad with Crispy Potatoes and Creamy Feta
Jessica Koslow, the chef and owner of LA's Sqirl restaurant, couldn't stand tomatoes as a child. But over time, she started to love them. In this recipe, she celebrates good summer tomatoes by pairing them with ultra-crunchy oven-crisped potatoes, an ingenious gluten-free twist on panzanella (bread and tomato salad).
Cucumber and Pea Salad with Mint and Feta
Adapted from Dishing Up the Dirt (Harper Wave; $30), a farm-to-table cookbook by Andrea Bemis, based on her popular blog of the same name, dishingupthedirt.com.