How To Make Tofu Feta Cheese (Dairy-free, Vegan)
Who knew that tofu, could taste so much like traditional cheese! This recipe will capture the rich salty tangy taste of feta cheese. Plus it’s loaded with healthy nutrients! This delicious plant-based feta cheese is awesome for use in salads, wraps, or even on a charcuterie board.
- 1 package of extra-firm tofu (350 g)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 2 tablespoons of white miso paste
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Press the water out of the tofu using a tofu press. If you do not have a tofu press simply use some paper towels or a clean dishcloth to wrap around the tofu and put something heavy on top of it such as a heavy book. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes.
- In a bowl prepare the marinade by whisking all the ingredients together until they are well incorporated.
- Cut the pressed tofu into small cubes and then add them into a jar or an air-tight container. Add in the marinade and mix well.
- Place the tofu in the fridge and let it marinate overnight for the ideal flavor. It will last in an air-tight container for 3 days.
You want to use extra-firm tofu for this recipe because it is the most compact, will provide more of a chewiness, and is the best for use in savory recipes.
Tofu is a nutrition powerhouse as it’s an excellent source of plant-based protein, and a good source of calcium, iron, phosphorous, and manganese, and it’s low in calories. Tofu is also cheap to purchase and is super versatile to use in cooking. While it can taste pretty bland on its own, it is an excellent absorber of flavors, so it is ideal for use with any marinades or sauces. Tofu is a great base for making plant-based cheeses.
To get the tangy salty flavor:
The miso will deliver a nice salty flavor, and you can use more if you prefer a saltier taste. Miso is rich in essential minerals and is a good source of vitamins such as B, E, K, and folic acid. It’s also considered a fermented food, which aids the gut with beneficial bacteria to stay healthy.
Nutritional yeast has a cheesy flavor naturally and is great for use in any plant-based cheese recipes. Plus, nutritional yeast is an excellent source of vitamin B12.
Oregano is a staple ingredient in most Mediterranean-style dishes which will help add some Mediterranean flavor and flair to our feta. Oregano pairs nicely with citrus flavors, which is our lemon juice in this recipe. The lemon juice is going to help add some tang or sharp flavor to our marinade. Traditional Mediterranean-style dishes generally use fresh lemon in recipes.
The white wine vinegar will provide a light and delicate sour flavor with subtle acidity. Also, white wine vinegar has a hint of sweetness which will allow us to use this vinegar without having to add any sweet ingredients.
Parsley will brighten the flavors used and add a herby taste. It is rich in antioxidants as well.