The effect of aromatic herbs on the RP-HPLC peptide profile, angiotensin l-converting enzyme-inhibitory (ACE-i) activity, antioxidant capacity and volatile compounds in artisanal cheeses was investigated. Three representative artisanal cheeses (white brined, beaten and Kashkaval cheeses) were produced using aromatic herbs (Mentha longifolia, Origanum vulgare, Thymus longicaulis, Alium sativum, Petroselinum crispum, Capsicum annuum). Compared with control group, herbal cheeses (except white cheese with garlic and parsley) revealed a significant increase in antioxidant activity. The highest ACE-i activity was noticed in 60 days of ripening with a mean value of 98.72% in goat beaten cheese and 97.78% in Kashkaval cheese enriched with peppers. One hundred and one volatile compounds, mainly acids, esters and alcohols, were identified in significantly higher amounts in cheeses made with herbs and contributed to the development of the overall aroma perception. (C) 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.