Flavor Pairings for Feta Cheese

Are you under the assumption that Feta only goes in Greek recipes? True, Feta is traditionally made in Greece and is often found paired with spinach, olives, tomatoes, or cucumbers, but you don’t have to limit yourself to just those flavor combinations.

Breakfast Burritos

We had these black bean breakfast burritos for dinner last night. I top them with feta cheese instead of cheddar or jack. The feta goes great with the salsa, eggs, black beans, and cilantro.

I often use Athenos Feta as a substitute for Queso Fresco, a mild white cheese used in many Mexican or Spanish recipes. A few recipes under my Mexican Food category here on goodLife {eats} call for feta cheese. I love the tangy taste and the crumbly texture. It is perfect for sprinkling on top of tacos, scrambled eggs (my favorite is with salsa, cilantro, and feta), and Mexican inspired salads. For these recipes I always use Traditional Feta, but Mild would also work great.

Don’t get stuck in a rut. One of my favorite books for exploring flavor combinations is The Flavor Bible. Below are a few suggested flavor matches for Feta. I never would have thought to pair it with watermelon!

  • red bell peppers
  • pita bread
  • ricotta
  • chickpeas
  • dill
  • garlic
  • grapes
  • lemon
  • olives, black or Greek
  • pasta
  • watermelon

What flavors do you love to pair with feta? Do you stick to traditional or do you mix things up and experiment? I have a big watermelon in the fridge, so I’m going to do some experimenting with that. I have always been a fan of sweet and salty paired together.