Green Peppercorn-Marinated Feta

Marinating cubed feta is a low-effort move with big-flavor results. Pair it with crackers and fruit to anchor your cheese board. Feta’s slightly airy texture makes it perfect for soaking up bold flavors, such as these briny, piquant peppercorns. For the best results, look for feta in brine, and drain off the brine before marinating. Save the feta brine to marinate chicken or pork chops.

Green Peppercorn Marinated Feta
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4 to 6


  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons drained green peppercorns in brine

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 8 small thyme sprigs

  • 1 (1-pound) block feta cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • Crackers or crostini, for serving


  1. Whisk together oil, vinegar, peppercorns, salt, crushed red pepper, and thyme in a small bowl. Arrange feta evenly in a 9-inch square baking dish; pour marinade over top. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight, stirring gently a few times during marination. Serve with crackers or crostini.

Make Ahead

Feta can be prepared up to 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container in refrigerator.

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