Marinated Soft Cheese Balls

Olive oil and herb marinated soft cheese is a perfect appetizer or gift

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Olive oil and herb marinated soft cheese balls are so easy to make. This simple recipe is designed for yogurt cheese, kefir cheese or soft goat cheese. They make a perfect gift and a creamy and delicious appetizer.


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  • 1 cup soft cheese (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, to cover
  • 2 tbsp mixed herbs and spices (see section above for suggested flavour combinations)


  1. Make sure that the soft cheese is salted. If using homemade cheese use about 1/2 tsp of salt per cup of cheese.
  2. Make bite-sized balls of cheese. I usually roll my balls by hand, however, you could use a small melon baller (affiliate link.)
  3. Lay the balls of cheese out on a plate and put them in the fridge uncovered. Allow them to dry out for 3 to 12 hours (depending on how soft the cheese is.) The surface of the cheese balls should be dry to the touch.
  4. When the balls are dry enough to handle, place them in a 2 cup glass jar. They may stick together slightly.
  5. Add the herbs and spices.
  6. Cover with olive oil.
  7. Allow to marinate for at least 24 hours in the fridge. Use within 2 weeks.
  8. Warm to room temperature before serving.


  • This recipe can be made with store-bought cream cheese or goat cheese. However, it is based on a traditional Mediterranean yogurt cheese recipe. It would also work with kefir cheese. Or use cashew cheese for a vegan alternative.
  • Forming the balls by hand can be quite messy. Don’t worry about cleaning your hands between each ball, just get messy then lick your fingers afterwards.

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