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Vegan Feta Cheese Brands & Tofu Feta Recipe

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What’s the best option for vegan feta cheese? That’s an excellent question and one that we get asked often! In this feta-filled guide we aim to please all of those who love truly cheese, but also want to become vegan. Find out what feta cheese actually is, the very best vegan feta brands available in stores, fantastic plant-based feta recipes, and a homemade tofu feta that you can whip up in your very own kitchen!

While delicious vegan dairy products always seemed like an unattainable dream, things in the cheese world are a’ changing (and, in our opinion, for the better)! It always amazes us that there is not only one dairy-free cheese out on the market, but many. And, thanks to creative culinary cooks like Miyoko Schinner and Julie Piatt, we can form our own vegan cheeses with very little fuss.

Are you ready to learn more about vegan alternatives to feta cheese and, if someone asks you, feel at ease answering the question––is feta vegan? Keep reading to find out the full story.

What Is Feta Cheese?

Traditional Greek feta cheese is made using goat or sheep’s milk. Overall, it is soft in texture, white in color, and is formed into large blocks, which are aged in brine (a salty water bath).

The texture of this dairy-based cheese is crumbly and primarily used as a ‘table’ cheese, served alongside salads, savory olives, or sandwiches. Fresh or dried aromatic herbs may be also added. Since this process includes using the milk of animals along with other animal ingredients (such as rennet and whey), it is not vegan.

Lucky for us, many companies are trying their very best to create vegan-friendly alternatives for ‘hard-to-give-up’ dairy products. Because cheese has such a specific texture and flavor, it’s not at all an easy task. We’re super impressed by the huge strides made by many brands to recreate such a finicky flavor and texture profile.

Here are some of the ingredients used to create feta cheese substitutes:

  • Coconut Oil (versatile composition, white color, and high fat content)
  • Tofu (crumbly texture, neutral flavor that soaks up other flavors, and fat content)
  • Potato Starch (thickener)
  • Vinegar (to add a sour component)
  • Herbs (authentic Greek ingredients)
  • Salt

Best Grocery Vegan Feta Cheese Brands

Now that you know all about dairy-free feta cheese, you might be wondering where you can buy some so you can try some. It’s very exciting that there are so many new brands of vegan cheese arriving in stores all the time and we’re always anxious to give them a taste. At the moment, these are the brands we feel are way up there on the cheese wheel:

Violife’s “Just Like Feta”

We have to admit that the coconut oil-based Violife vegan feta is our favorite. The ‘Just Like Feta’ block has the perfect combination of silkiness, saltiness, and mild, tart flavor. It is certified vegan and non-GMO. Perfect cut into cubes or thin slices and add to virtually anything! (Or eaten right out of the container! shhh…don’t tell anyone.)

Violife just like feta cheese block on salad

Follow Your Heart’s “Dairy-Free Feta Crumbles”

Best selection for salads! Versatile, easy to use, and overall fantastic umami flavor. These vegan crumbles are certified plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free, Kosher, and non-GMO. Follow Your Heart also uses a coconut oil and potato starch base, similar to Violife.

Follow Your Heart dairy free feta cheese crumbles
Follow Your Heart Feta Cheese Crumbles Photo Source: @FollowYourHeart and @EdsonFarms.tc Instagram

Trader Joe’s Feta Cheese Alternative

Not quite as flavorful or salty as Violife, but that might be exactly what you’re looking for in a vegan cheese. Nice texture and even more mild. As with Violife and Follow Your Heart, TJ’s uses coconut oil and potato starch as their main ingredients.

Trader Joes vegan feta cheese alternative cooked in tomatoes and basil
Photo source: Trader Joe’s

Artisanal Vegan Feta Brands

When only something very special will do, you may want to go above and beyond when it comes to choosing your vegan feta cheese. These brands excel at dairy-free alternatives with a whole lot of flavor and authentic appearance. If you can’t decide, buy a block of each and have a taste-testing get together!

Peaceful Rebel Herbed Feta: The great option if you are searching for something with a bit more gusto. This herb-filled cheese goes extremely well with Greek salads, gyros, and pita sandwiches. Gluten-free and tofu-based with coconut oil, vinegar, and herbs.

Virgin Cheese Organic Artisan Feta: If you’re hosting a party or romantic dinner, this is the dairy-free cheese to choose. Unlike some of the cheese mentioned above, this one is cashew-based and traditionally cultured. Excellent with wine and crackers. Organic and free of soy, GMOs, lactose, gluten, or dairy.

Cheeze & Thank You Artisanal Feta: This company takes advantage of the silkiness of organic tofu and soybeans (along with a little bit of coconut oil) to make its signature tofu vegan cheese. The white wine vinegar, basil, and oregano add that bit of tang that people are usually searching for in a feta. Made specifically to both crumble and melt, this artisanal cheese is dairy-free and lactose-free.

Recipes Using Plant-Based Feta Cheese

This particular dairy-free cheese is really versatile because of its naturally neutral taste. You can include it in many different dishes for added creaminess, contrasting color, and an extra salty bite. These are our favorite ways to use vegan feta:

Vegan Greek Salad with Tofu Feta

Full of intense and flavorful ingredients like olives and a special Mediterranean marinated tofu, this vegan greek salad is sure to become a new favorite side.

vegan greek salad with tomatoes onion olives and feta tofu

Baked Tomato Feta Pasta

Creamy, savory, and full of tomatoey goodness, not to mention easy to make. A definite crowd pleaser!

Easy Vegan Baked Feta Pasta Casserole With Vegan Feta Cheese and Tomatoes and Basil
TikTok’s Famous Feta Pasta (Made Vegan)

Bruschetta with Feta

Cook up crisp slices of homemade bread until golden brown, brush with olive oil, and top with fresh basil, and thinly-sliced garden tomatoes. Add crumbles or thick chunks of feta vegan cheese. Or, what about a mouthwatering, marinated bruschetta feta that has all of the summery, herb flavors incorporated right inside the vegan cheese itself? Yum! Feel free to experiment with all types of culinary combinations when making DIY dairy-free cheese.

Quick Substitutes for Feta

When you’re in the middle of cooking a meal and you have no means to grab more ingredients, here are the best plant-based substitutes for vegan feta:

  • Vegan Mozzarella – Another mild, white cheese that is essential when you need an ingredient that melts or needs to form separated layers, such as a casserole dip. Also handy when filling a hummus board and you’re out of dairy-free feta cheese.
  • Dairy-Free Cream Cheese – The perfect alternative for feta in adding to savory pies or spreading onto crispy crackers or soft bread.
  • Marinated Firm Tofu – A smart substitute for vegan feta in salads, sandwiches, and even outstanding with oven-roasted vegetables.

Ideas for Using Vegan Feta in Everyday Recipes

Since vegan feta has a specific taste and texture, you wouldn’t want to add it to just anything. (Though we’re sure our dairy-free feta cheese lovers may disagree.) If you always wanted to try feta that’s vegan, but not sure what to eat with it or how to serve it, here’s a list of enticing and appetizing options for you.

Sprinkle Over Salads – One of the best ways to use this tangy vegan cheese is to carefully crumble it over crisp salads. Not only does it give your veggies that extra oomph it needs, but it adds a new texture and fun flavor to simple greens.

Crunch With Crackers – If you’re choosing a cool and creamy, mild vegan feta, pair it with a super crunchy and savory cracker. Our favorites include Mary’s Gone Crackers, Blue Diamond Nut Thins, or CrunchMaster Multi-Seed varieties. Add a tiny spoonful of raspberry or strawberry jam for a little something extra special.

Feature Beside Fresh Fruit – It’s no surprise that fruit and vegan cheese go perfectly side by side. Pairing sweet with savory is always a good choice for a snack. Try to serve apples, dates, figs, grapes, or pears because their sweetness and interesting texture is a nice contrast to the smooth vegan feta.

Homemade Tofu Feta Recipe

We love making our own dairy-free cheese at home and we’ve created a delicious, herb-filled recipe just for you! Don’t be at all intimidated by the recipe. It’s simple once you read through it and get started.

All you need to do is drain the tofu, cut the tofu into cubes, make the marinade, and let sit for at least 2 hours (overnight is best!). Then, it’s done! You’ll have a batch of homemade tofu feta cheese that will last at least a week in the fridge.

Equipment You’ll Need: 

Vegan Tofu Feta Cheese

Author: Gina House | World of Vegan
5 from 8 votes
So flavorful and fun to make! Our vegan tofu feta cheese is fantastic added to fresh garden salads, popped into pita pocket sandwiches, crazy good with crackers, or even eaten simply as a snack. Salty and tangy, with just a hint of the Mediterranean. Nostimo!
how to make tofu feta cheese cubes recipe
Prep Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings (16 ounces)

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce container of super or extra firm tofu
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ water
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one large or two small lemons
  • 2 tablespoons of reduced-sodium tamari
  • tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried dill

Instructions

  • Drain the Tofu: Place the colander inside of a large bowl. Wrap the block of tofu well and place inside of the colander. Carefully arrange a heavy bowl or other 3-5 pound weighted object on top of the tofu to aid in pressing out the extra liquid. Let sit for at least 30 minutes. You can also use a tofu press, if you have one.
  • While the tofu is draining, mix up the marinade. Add all of the ingredients (minus the tofu) into a jar or bowl and whisk together well. Put aside for later.
  • Once the tofu is drained to your liking, take it out of the cloth, pat dry, and cut it evenly into ½” cubes.
  • Place the cubes into a mason jar or large container with a tight fitting lid. Pour the marinade over the tofu cubes. Cover and give a shake.
  • Shake the container every few hours if you can so that all of the tofu cubes are coated with the marinade. Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, but overnight is best. (One or two days is even better!)
  • Shake the container several times during the marinating process. At least 4 times total is ideal.
  • After desired soaking time, shake the container one more time and drain the excess marinade.  Store the tofu feta cubes in a closed container in the fridge. Not recommended for freezing. They will last in the fridge for 4-5 days. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Tofu Firmness - It’s very important to use super or extra firm tofu. The other types will not give you the same consistency that you find in dairy feta cheese. Using the firmest tofu you can find and then pressing it to release all of the excess liquid truly makes this recipe much more like the feta you were used to eating in the past.
  • Savory Substitutions - You can use any type of vinegar you would like. We found the white wine vinegar gave the best resulting flavor, but you can experiment with apple cider, rice wine, red wine, or any other vinegar your choosing.
  • Dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free
Course Side
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Tofu Feta

More Delectable Dairy-Free Guides To Try:

We hope you enjoyed this non dairy feta cheese guide sharing the best dairy-free feta cheese brands and recipes out in the world today! From mild tasting feta to delightfully herb-filled feta, fabulous options are fast growing and brands are becoming increasingly accessible. Did we miss any of your favorite brands or recipes? Please show them some love in the comments below!

This vegan feta cheese recipe was created by Gina House. Photos are from from Canva and feta brand Instagram channels. This article may contain affiliate links that support our work at World of Vegan.

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11 comments
  1. 5 stars
    Perfect for making my favorite Greek salad lighter and healthier! Thanks for this great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Omg this looks so good!

    • We hope you like it! You can add more or less herbs and salt to make it exactly right for you 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Thanks for this great recipe! thanks to this I have ben able to start enjoying my beloved Greek Salad again!

    • Yay! That’s exactly what I thought. Love having a vegan feta cheese to add to my salads. So yummy.

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks for all the info on different cheese brands. The recipe was easy to follow

    • Really happy to hear it! Have you ever made your own Feta? Hope you’ll give my recipe a try 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I made this tofu feta and used it on salads all week! Love how easy it is and that it brings a unique flavor profile to my greens 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve always wanted to create a vegan feta cheese and so glad that I was able to experiment with this one. The tofu gives the feta a lot of protein, less fat, and a great texture. Hope you like it as much as I do! 😀

  7. 5 stars
    This is so helpful! So many yummy feta cheese brands to explore!

  8. 5 stars
    The flavor of this vegan feta is perfect! It was delicious on a salad but I couldn’t resist eating it on its own too 🙂