Grapefruit and Rosemary Marinated Feta Cheese

grapefruit and rosemary marinated feta

Grapefruit and Rosemary Marinated Feta Cheese is an easy way to infuse cheese with flavor, and it makes a fabulous homemade food gift, too!

marinated grapefruit with grapefruit and rosemary

We’re slowly slouching toward salad season…and putting up these little bite sized blocks of feta cheese in tangy grapefruit and rosemary infused olive oil is helping to get me in the right frame of mind. I’m not quite ready for a bare naked plate of leafy greens, but I know if I throw a few of these flavor infused nuggets into a regular salad it will make it more hearty, more in tune with what I’m craving right now.

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This is a riff on the classic Mediterranean combination of lemon and rosemary. The grapefruit has a rounder, more fruity flavor than the lemon, and offsets the already tangy feta better, I think. I use the rind and the juice to emphasize the citrus in the marinade, and for this recipe, it’s the white grapefruit you want, the pink is too sweet and doesn’t have the necessary zing (technical term). Black pepper gives it a tiny bit of heat. And yes, you do need quite a bit of olive oil for this, but it won’t go to waste. As you use the cheese, also scoop out a bit of the flavored oil to dress it. It can be used in salad dressings or cooking, too

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grapefruit and rosemary marinated feta
3 from 5 votes

Marinated Feta with Grapefruit and Rosemary

Author Sue Moran


  • 8 oz feta cheese in block form
  • the zest of one white grapefruit finely shredded (wash the grapefruit first)
  • 4 Tbsp fresh squeezed white grapefruit juice about 1/2 a grapefruit
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • several sprigs fresh rosemary
  • olive oil


  • Carefully cut the block of feta cheese into 1/2 inch cubes. I didn't use the entire block of cheese because it did not fit in my jar.
  • Layer the cheese into one large or two smaller glass jars, adding the rosemary, peppercorns, and zest in between.
  • Pour the grapefruit juice in, and then fill the jar(s) with olive oil.
  • Cap tightly and store in the refrigerator.
  • I turned my jar upside down once or twice a day to distribute the grapefruit juice.
  • Give the cheese a few days to take on the flavors. The longer you leave it the stronger the flavor will be. Consume it within a month.

Cook's notes

If you want to get more flavor and heat from the peppercorns, lightly crack them before adding them to the jar. The olive oil will solidify in the refrigerator, so take the cheese out and bring to room temperature before serving.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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I knew that I would like this feta, I’ve had marinated feta many times before, but I was not expecting this version to be as flavorful as it turned out. We tried it after several days and the grapefruit flavor had permeated the cheese in a wonderful way. The flavor is unexpected and really wonderful. The marinade also seems to mellow out the sharpness of the feta, and make it a little creamier. This recipe was a big success, I will definitely be making it again.

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The flowering rosemary is pretty, but not the best choice for eating because the flavor of herbs fades when they set their flowers. Be sure to collect non-blooming sprigs for the marinade.


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    April 8, 2020 at 8:16 am

    5 stars

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    February 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I love marinated feta, this would make such a great appetizer or hostess gift!

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    February 25, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Looks so beautiful. Such a good idea – was gonna do some pickled carrots tonight – so will do a jar of this too!

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    February 24, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Given my adoration of all things feta, I’m pretty sure I must try this! Although, I fear I would spend a lot of my time eating the feta cubes straight from the jar!

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    February 23, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    This is beautiful. Rosemary & grapefruit are two of my favorite things, and I can only imagine how delicious those flavors would be absorbed by feta. Yum!

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    February 23, 2014 at 6:56 am

    This looks wonderful! I can’t wait to give it a try!

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    February 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    These little cubes would be an amazing addition to a cheese plate or (as you said) a salad…hmm, they look so good that I can see myself eating them right out of the jar. Great recipe!

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    Todd | HonestlyYUM
    February 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Wow, I’ve never thought to do this, but it looks so simple. Thanks for teaching me something new today Sue!!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    February 22, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Oh tasty! And so pretty. I bet the flavors are terrific together. Love Feta!

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    February 21, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    love this, another clever idea!

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    February 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I actually have feta…as in real feta in a block, made in Greece. My local Costco has had it the last several months, but I’d never read of marinating it. I have a few chunks going now – just a few as I have fresh basil and dill but not rosemary so am trying those with some fennel, black peppercorns but will do a larger batch after I get some rosemary.

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      February 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Sounds like quite a production — let me know how they all turn out!

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        February 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm

        I made 1 half pint test … test for me – lemon, dill, black pepper and fennel. YUM! Had my own little mezes (appetizers) of feta and kalamata olives. I am not a grapefruit fan but I am going to start a jar of lemon and rosemary. Thanks, Sue!

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    February 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Holy cow, did you ring my chimes with this. Just got home from the store but will be heading out to get the feta. Can’t wait to try this one.

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      February 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      I can tell you’re a fellow citrus lover 🙂

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    February 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

    This sounds amazing. I’ve never made marinated before, but now I’m wondering why not! There’s certainly enough citrus and rosemary around. 🙂

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