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Marinated Feta


This recipe for marinated feta cheese is highly requested among my friends. It’s easy to throw together this mix of creamy, salty feta cheese marinated with spicy jalapeños, shallots, and parsley in a lusciously lemony vinaigrette. I like to serve the marinated feta in small mason jars with fresh baguette slices, roasted chickpeas, and a dry red wine.

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  • 6-8Servings


  • 1 pound (500 g) firm feta cheese
  • 2 jalapeño chiles, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (250 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 shallot, sliced finely
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Jamie Geller Sumac or paprika for garnish


1. Place the feta on a paper towel and pat dry on all sides, absorbing any excess liquid. Transfer the feta to a cutting board and use a large chef’s knife to cut the feta into small dice, about 1/2 inch (12 mm) in size. 

2. Place the diced feta in a shallow dish that is big enough to hold the cheese in a single layer. Sprinkle the jalapeño slices over the feta. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients except for the sumac and pour over the feta cheese. Cover the dish and marinate for 30 minutes unrefrigerated, or for up to one week in the fridge.

3. Garnish with sumac before serving.

Make-Ahead Tip: Marinated feta can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week. The oil in the feta may solidify while refrigerated, so simply place the dish on the counter for 20 minutes before serving to allow the oil to liquefy.