With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, our favorite feta recipes for a taste of Greece.
In America, feta’s more like Geoff Stults. It’s a good cheese, but it just doesn’t get that much play. These 15 recipes might just bring feta to the forefront of American cheese culture too. From breakfast sandwiches to tacos, there’s a lot you can do with it to liven up your recipes!
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Not all of them are Greek (or even Greek-inspired), but every one will bring a welcome Aegean accent to your day.
Give your breakfast sandwich a sophisticated twist with my open faced feta, egg, Kalamata olive, and kale sandwich. It’s a healthy and delicious alternative to the classic sausage and egg combo. This breakfast sandwich always brightens up my Monday mornings. Get our Healthy Open-Face Breakfast Sandwich recipe.
Need a delicious, yet simple, recipe that’s sure to impress? Try this crowd-pleasing pasta with sweet cherry tomatoes, salty feta, and fresh herbs (use whatever combo you like—basil and chives are particularly good, and adding mint to the mix is a winning move). It’s the perfect recipe for a summer dinner outside. Get our Spaghetti with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Feta recipe.
We Greeks eat feta with everything, including our melons! If you haven’t tried the sweet and salty combination of feta cheese and watermelon, then you’re missing out. The combination makes for a great salad, but it’s not the only melon that plays well with this cheese. Our Cucumber Melon Salad recipe combines feta with juicy honeydew and crisp cukes, plus fresh mint and black pepper.
There’s nothing wrong with a classic Greek salad, but sometimes you’re not in the mood for lettuce…or melons. Enter this shaved carrot concoction. This spicy, herby, citrusy salad is really more Middle Eastern, with some Moroccan influence from harissa, but Greek feta works well with all the lively flavors and textures in the mix. Get our Shaved Carrot Salad recipe.
Grilled vegetables always make for a flavorful side, but they taste twice as good when you add tangy feta and fresh mint into the mix. So next time you fire up the grill, put our Grilled Summer Squash with Feta and Mint recipe on the menu.
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Forget south of the border, for these shrimp tacos we’re heading to the Mediterranean! With roasted red peppers, oregano, and feta cheese, this is the perfect recipe to add some variety to taco night. Get our Shrimp and Feta Greek Taco recipe.
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For a delicious and flavorful recipe that’s sure to keep chicken breasts moist and flavorful, try stuffing the meat with creamy feta and fresh spinach. This simple recipe is perfect for family night and dinner parties alike. Get our Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Feta and Spinach recipe.
Sorry moms, but chicken soup is so passé. When the cold days of winter come around again, shake up your usual soup routine with this healthy quinoa chowder, topped with the delicious combination of feta and scallions. You can sign me up for seconds! Get our Feta Quinoa Chowder recipe.
Remember the days of Cheez Whiz in a jar? That fluorescent orange “cheese” made me want to swear off cheese spreads for life. But one bite of this easy to make dip, with feta, bell peppers, chile flakes, smoked paprika, and lemon juice and you’ll become a fan for life. Get our Whipped Feta Pepper Spread recipe. (If you can’t stand the heat, get our simpler Whipped Feta Spread recipe with lemon zest and mint.)
10. Spinach Pie
A classic spanokopita is always a great way to highlight feta—and to get your greens. Our Spinach Pie recipe is flaky and delicious, and sure to convert even spinach skeptics.
There are plenty of other things you can stuff with feta, including peppers. Use any color you like, whatever filling you go with. Our Stuffed Bell Peppers with Feta and Herbs recipe is a great grilled vegetarian main course. But you can also try our Stuffed Red Bell Peppers with Ground Chicken and Feta for a meatier take.
Need a summer pasta salad that’s fresh and new? Get our Dill, Chickpea, and Feta Pasta Salad recipe, which is mayo-free and an ideal side for grilled chicken or shrimp.
For a totally different take on pasta plus feta, try this Creamy Beet Linguine with Walnuts and Feta recipe from the “Lagom” cookbook. The creamy sauce is made from pureed roasted beets and beans, with a little crème fraîche for extra richness.
Feta and honey are a classic combo, and they can be turned into lovely baked desserts, but during summertime, something frosty is in order. Luckily, feta makes a surprisingly delicious ice cream ingredient, with honey or with fruit. Neither one of these options requires an ice cream maker, either! Get the Feta Frozen Yogurt recipe or try the Strawberry Feta No-Churn Ice Cream recipe.
The original version of this story was written by Marisa Churchill in 2015. It has been updated with additional images, links, and text.
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