Vegan Macadamia Nut Spreadable Pepper-Herb Feta

Vegan Macadamia Nut Pepper-Herb Spreadable Feta An Unrefined Vegan

In my “pregan” days, if someone asked me (nobody did…) to choose one single cheese on which to live, I would’ve chosen a good, tangy, stinky, salty feta. I went through a “brick” a week – all by myself – generously crumbled on salads. Feta was literally the last dairy/animal item that I gave up. Once I turned my back on it, however, I never really searched for a vegan alternative. How could it be done?! But the other night I made a salad dressing that reminded me a whole lot of what I liked about feta. The tiny wheels in my brain started turning and I decided to see if I could turn that dressing into a reasonable facsimile of dairy milk feta.

I use cheesecloth to absorb moisture and to make it easy to get the cheese out of the container in one attractive piece.

Macadamia Nut Pepper-Herb Spreadable Feta An Unrefined Vegan


Serves 8
My vegan version of my "pregan" cheese: a spreadable pepper-herb feta made with rich macadamia nuts.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
24 hr
Total Time
24 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
24 hr
Total Time
24 hr 20 min
124 calories
3 g
0 g
13 g
2 g
0 g
37 g
103 g
1 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124
Calories from Fat 106
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 103mg
Total Carbohydrates 3g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup macadamia nuts, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  4. 1 clove garlic
  5. 1 tsp. nutritional yeast
  6. 1 tsp. white miso paste
  7. 1/4 tsp. citric acid
  8. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  9. 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  10. 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  11. 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  1. Line a one cup rectangular container (glass preferably; I use one of my food storage containers) with cheesecloth. You want to cut the cloth so that you have about a 2-inch excess around all sides. (You will be folding the cloth over the cheese.) Set aside. In a small bowl, combine the dried herbs and black pepper. Set aside.
  2. Put the macadamia nuts through the sea salt in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. This will take a few minutes as you will need to tamp down the mixture and/or stir occasionally. You want the mixture to be fairy thick and dry, but you can add small amounts of additional water if needed.
  3. When smooth spoon out about half of the cheese and place it in the prepared container. Press the cheese down evenly and make sure it reaches into the corners. Sprinkle on the dried herbs/pepper mixture.
  4. Scoop out the remaining cheese mixture and gently spread it over top of the dried herbs/pepper. Again, make sure the cheese reaches into the corners. Smooth down the top, tap the container on the counter a few times, and fold over the cheesecloth so that it fully covers the cheese. If it fits, put the container's cover on and place in the refrigerator. If it doesn't, place something heavy on top of the cheese (i.e., a glass filled with water, etc.) and place in the refrigerator. Let the cheese "rest" for 24 hours before removing from the container.
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Macadamia Nut Pepper-Herb Spreadable Feta An Unrefined Vegan

Macadamia Nut Pepper-Herb Spreadable Feta An Unrefined Vegan



10 thoughts on “Vegan Macadamia Nut Spreadable Pepper-Herb Feta

  1. Laura Black

    Wow, this looks amazing. I used to love cheeses, especially fancy ones for special smorgasbords with my husband and his homemade sourdough bread. Since becoming vegan, I’ve wanted to test my hand at vegan cheeses. This cheese is inspiring.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Hi Laura – thanks for stopping by! There are SO many good vegan cheeses and vegan cheese recipes out there! This one comes together pretty easily, but there are also recipes that call for fermenting, etc. They’re wonderful – but I’m a bit lazy and like to keep things simple!

  2. Choc Chip Uru

    Wow, this spreadable cheese looks delicious! I need to try this 😀
    And being Australia, I am inbred to love macadamias!

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. The Vegan 8

    Looks so delicious Annie and I’m loving all the spiced you got going on…I hopped on over to the recipe! Very beautiful!

      1. Angela @ Canned Time

        You said it was born out of a salad dressing. Any way you can transform it into a tzatziki like sauce?
        I soooooo miss tzatziki.

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