We’ve come to a realization that we care to share with the world: Feta cheese can do so much more than Greek salad. While we love the classic dish, we’ve come to learn that the salty sheep’s milk cheese is way more versatile than we often allow it to be. You can bake it, fry it, sprinkle it on French fries and even use it in meatballs. To prove its magic, here are 40 delicious feta cheese recipes that go beyond the usual suspects, including juicy burgers, zingy pastas and top-tier salads.

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1. Grilled Watermelon-Feta Skewers

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, low carb
Aren't they way more exciting than plain watermelon wedges? This barbecue-ready starter is all about the drool-worthy char marks.

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2. Greek Wedge Salad

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, vegetarian, <30 minutes, Mediterranean diet-friendly
When you think feta, Greek salad immediately comes to mind. This Insta-worthy spin on the steakhouse classic is just as satisfying as the original, but impossibly light.

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3. Baked Feta with Dill, Caper Berries, and Citrus

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, high protein, special occasion-worthy
This baked feta recipe is sure to impress even your fanciest guests with those giant caper berries, juicy Castelvetrano olives and colorful orange slices.

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4. Whole-Wheat Feta Tart with Caramelized Onions and Herbs

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy
If it’s a savory tart, that means we can have it for dinner, right? Try this one, starring an herb-kissed filling made of cream cheese and feta.

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5. Baked Feta Pasta

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser
Behold: the pasta recipe that broke FoodTok. It only takes a few basic ingredients to pull this trendy number off (if you ask us, the tomatoes and fresh basil are just as important as the cheese).

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6. Baked Feta with Garlicky Kale and Chickpeas

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, high protein, one pan
All this skillet main needs is a side of toasty pita to become a bonafide meal. Feel free to swap mustard greens or chard in for kale.

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7. Feta Wrapped in Phyllo with Sesame and Honey

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, vegetarian, kid-friendly
Reason #285 to always have store-bought phyllo dough on hand. We're guessing this party app will last roughly ten seconds.

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8. Corn and Tomato Salad with Feta and Lime

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, vegetarian
This summery starter will be a hit at any picnic, but if you want to make it in the off-season, simply substitute canned corn.

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9. Greek Chicken and Rice Skillet

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, crowd-pleaser, gluten free, one pan
Easy, stunning and delicious—the ultimate dinner trifecta. Even better, it all cooks to perfection in a single skillet.

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10. Baked Feta Soup

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser
We like to think of this soup-TikTok pasta hybrid as a grown-up version of Spaghetti-Os, due to its creamy texture and toothsome orzo pasta.

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11. Skillet Eggs and Chorizo

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, high protein, crowd-pleaser
Tell bacon and breakfast sausage to make way for chorizo. We'll be dunking chips or soft tortillas into this spicy, savory masterpiece.

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12. Minty-Fresh Zucchini Salad with Marinated Feta

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes (plus marinating time)
  • Why We Love It: no cook, vegetarian, special occasion-worthy
Let the cheese soak up spices, citrus and fresh herbs for at least a day. Then, use the leftover marinade for vinaigrettes, roasted vegetables or poached fish.

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13. Citrus, Shrimp and Quinoa Salad with Feta

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: pescatarian, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients
A trio of citrus fruits (bitter grapefruit, sweet clementine and bright lime) cuts right through the spice of the chipotle shrimp.

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14. Chicken with Feta Cheese, Dill, Lemon and Harissa Yogurt

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, <10 ingredients, gluten free
Chicken breasts are easy to prepare...but they dry out even easier. Using thighs (or thighs and drumsticks) ensures juicy, succulent results.

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15. Whipped Feta Dip with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser
Come summertime, we'll be whipping (sorry) this beauty up for every dinner party we host.

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16. Orzo with Spiced Tomato Sauce and Feta

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, kid-friendly
Just as easy to prepare as spaghetti with red sauce, but a million times more exciting. The sauce is similar to traditional pomodoro, only it's spiked with a unique mélange of spices to keep it interesting.

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17. Salt and Vinegar Roasted Potatoes with Feta and Dill

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, gluten free
Who needs gloppy, mayo-laden potato salad when this zingy, herbaceous alternative exists? Pair the spuds with grilled salmon, cheeseburgers or runny eggs.

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18. Greek Chicken with Feta and Kalamata Olives

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, high protein, special occasion-worthy
This dinnertime game-changer only requires five minutes of prep—your oven will handle the rest.

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19. Cucumber Canapés with Whipped Feta, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, vegetarian, no cook
We know, “canapés” sound fancy and unachievable. But Coterie member Maria Lichty’s canapés with whipped feta require minimal effort and come together in no time.

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20. Cauliflower-Feta Meatballs with Spicy Moroccan Tomato Zucchini Noodles

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, Mediterranean diet-friendly
We’re in love with Coterie member Ali Maffucci’s feta-kissed “meatballs.” They’re flavorful, savory and a delicious plant-based alternative (thanks, cauliflower) to your go-to pasta topping.

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21. Feta Dill Biscuits

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser
Yes, you can bake feta into a biscuit. And yes, it’s mind-blowing at first bite. (You might want to make two batches…)

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22. Whipped Feta and Avocado Crostini with Pomegranate

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser
These cuties are destined for Christmas cocktail hour. Beware: Coterie member Monique Volz’s little toasts with avocado and feta will disappear in 30 seconds flat.

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23. Linguine with Lemon, Feta and Basil

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, Mediterranean diet-friendly
Want to make linguine but you're out of Parmesan? Follow Coterie member Aida Mollenkamp's lead and top it with crumbled feta instead—it’s just as salty and delicious.

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24. Oregano Feta Fries

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, kid-friendly, gluten free
Forget chili-cheese fries. It’s all about Coterie member Gaby Dalkin’s French fries tossed with fresh herbs, lemon and crumbled feta.

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25. Spicy Greek Feta Dip

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, vegetarian, no cook, crowd-pleaser
Aka tirokafteri. Feta cheese is the star of this party dip, which also includes roasted red peppers, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes.

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26. Pan-Fried Feta with Peppered Honey

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegetarian, kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy
The sweetness of the honey with the tanginess of the feta will make you wonder why you haven’t tried this crispy, ingenious combination before.

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27. Beet and Whipped Feta Grilled Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian
Step away from the Kraft Singles. It’s time to up the ante on your grilled cheese sammy with briny feta, sweet fig jam and cinnamon-raisin bread, like Coterie member Liz Harris.

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28. Simple Greek Quinoa Dinner Omelets with Feta and Tzatziki

  • Time commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why we love it: high protein, vegetarian, special occasion-worthy
Personally, we think the homemade tzatziki seals the deal. But this brunch dish would be just as delicious (and twice as easy to prepare) if you used store-bought.

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29. Warm Quinoa Roasted Veggie Salad with Vinaigrette

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, high fiber
Sweet potatoes, quinoa and feta cheese make this autumn salad decidedly filling, but the honey-Dijon vinaigrette is hands-down our favorite part.

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30. Baked Jalapeño Poppers

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, <10 ingredients
Not only are these poppers bacon-free, meaning your plant-based guests can get in on the game day grub, but they're also topped with a crunchy barbecue potato chip topping.

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31. Greek Orzo-Stuffed Red Peppers with Lemony Basil Tomatoes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, gluten free
Meat is *not* a requirement for delicious stuffed peppers. If you're making them in the summertime, do yourself a favor and grill the peppers instead of roasting them.

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32. Phyllo Dough, Meat and Feta Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, high protein
The recipe yields 16 appetizers, so they're definitely capable of feeding a crowd. (Although we're tempted to eat them all ourselves.)

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33. Lamb Burgers with Pesto Whipped Feta

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, high protein, special occasion-worthy
Want to skip the fresh herbs and food processing? Substitute store-bought pesto for basil and spinach, then whisk it together by hand.

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34. Greek Spinach and Feta Pie (Spanakopita)

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser
Buttery, flaky phyllo dough + feta-Parm filling + tender spinach + fresh herbs = your new favorite party starter.

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35. Mediterranean Ground Lamb Pasta

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pot, high protein, crowd-pleaser
Like Hamburger Helper, elevated. Feel free to skip the lamb and double down on the meaty mushrooms to make the pasta vegetarian.

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36. Charred Broccolini Feta and Pistachio Salad

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, vegetarian, gluten free
This side dish (or salad entree) is surprisingly teeming with protein, thanks to nuts, cheese and black-eyed peas.

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37. Spinach-Feta Quiche with Phyllo Crust

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, high protein, special occasion-worthy
It's salty, savory and scrumptious as is, but we're betting a heap of crumbled bacon in the filling couldn't hurt.

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38. Tuscan Tuna Sandwich

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, high protein, pescatarian
You've never had tuna salad like this before. It's ridiculously creamy, thanks to Greek yogurt and tahini, as well as briny and acidic, courtesy of kalamata olives and feta cheese.

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39. Whipped Feta Dip

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, no cook, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser
Well, this sure beats packaged hummus. Serve Coterie member Carlene Thomas’s whipped feta alongside crudités, crackers or fresh baguette.

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40. Mediterranean Turkey Burger

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, Mediterranean diet-friendly, crowd-pleaser
Lighten up lunch by swapping beef for turkey, and keep things interesting by substituting feta for cheddar. (Warning: Once you put feta on your burger, you’ll never look back.)

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