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Marinated feta with extra virgin olive oil in a white bowl.
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Marinated Feta Recipe

Quick, simple, no-cook appetizer of marinated feta with high quality extra virgin olive oil, flaky sea salt, black pepper, and fresh thyme leaves. An easy and impressive appetizer for a crowd!
Prep5 minutes
Cook0 minutes
Total5 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy appetizers, holiday appetizers, how to marinate cheese, marinated feta, marinated olives, no cook appetizer
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Ari Laing


  • 8 oz (½ lb) block of Greek feta cheese drained
  • cup high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • ½ tsp flaky sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 sprigs thyme leaves pulled
  • crusty bread or crackers for serving
  • mixed olives for serving


  • One hour before serving, remove feta from refrigerator to come to room temperature.
  • Place feta in a large shallow bowl. Drizzle olive oil on top and around feta. Add bay leaf to the bowl.
  • Sprinkle feta with flaky sea salt, black pepper, and fresh thyme leaves. Serve with crusty bread or crackers and olives.


  • Cheese: yes, you can marinate other cheese! Goat cheese or small balls of mozzarella work great!
  • Olive oil: I do not recommend using an oil such as avocado or coconut oil -- or anything with light flavor. You really want that bold, nutty flavor from extra virgin!
  • Herbs: go crazy! If you have dill, use dill. If you've got tarragon, use tarragon. Use what you've got on hand!
  • Marinated feta can be made a few hours in advance, but do not sprinkle with salt and pepper until serving so they don't dissolve or get soft!
  • This will stay fresh in an airtight container in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 209mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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