Dairy Free Vegan Feta-Style Cheese

The other day I made a watermelon and feta cheese salad, but it got me thinking that there must be a way to make a feta cheese alternative from tofu, something that actually tastes and feels like feta cheese. I opted for a simple approach and the result is something that does indeed resemble feta cheese and is completely vegan.

It doesn’t have the complete depth or complex flavour of the real deal but it does have a tangy and rich flavour like the traditional feta cheese. It is perfect for salads and in fact if you are watching your calories it is preferable to have this version as it is much lower in calories than dairy cheese and high in protein. I was very pleasantly surprised and wowed, and I’m sure if you try it you will be too! This is a fantastic vegan alternative to feta cheese perfect for salads.

Dairy Free Vegan Feta-Style Cheese
Yield: 2 Servings
Difficulty: Easy
Cooking time:
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Ingredients

  • 275 g firm tofu
  • 1 tsp salt (½ tsp if fine salt)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • pinch of oregano
  • 10 oz firm tofu
  • 1 tsp salt (½ tsp if fine salt)
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • pinch of oregano

Instructions

  1. Press the tofu by placing a plate on top with a few food cans to weigh it down. This will draw quite a bit of water out of the tofu. Allow the block of tofu to press for at least 30 minutes. The longer you press it for the more water that is extracted.
  2. Evenly cut the tofu into small cubes and place in a shallow bowl.
  3. Juice the lemon into a small bowl,  add the oil, vinegar, salt and grate or crush the garlic clove and add. Mix well so that it dissolves as much as possible. Add to the tofu cubes and cover all sides and pieces. Leave the marinade for about 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 150C (300F) and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool and serve.

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