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Greek Layer Dip

Greek Layer Dip

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this recipe – it’s healthy and fun and absolutely bursting with fresh mediterranean flavor!  It’s basically a Greek version of the more common Mexican 7 Layer Dip and wow is it good!  Greek food is something that many people only buy in restaurants which is a shame because many dishes (like this one) are really easy to make at home.  It’s a big hit at parties and can even be a dinner unto itself (when we eat it as a meal, we usually serve it with a little chicken).  It looks great, tastes great and is great for you… Enjoy!

Greek Layer Dip

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz hummus
  • 16 oz tzatziki dip (see note for substitution)
  • ½ head of lettuce (I like romaine)
  • 1 tomato or a pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bell pepper (any color)
  • ½ a large cucumber
  • ½ a red onion
  • 4 oz pitted olives (I like kalamattas)
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • Pita chips or fresh pita

Directions:

  • Dice the feta cheese and all the veggies into small pieces.  Keep the ingredients separate so you can make pretty layers in the serving dish (optional).
  • Find a medium size bowl or serving dish (we use a 9 inch glass bowl).  Layer the bowl/dish first with the hummus and tzatziki dip then top with lettuce, tomatoes, pepper, cucumber, onion, olives and feta.
  • Serve with pita chips, triangles of fresh pita or raw veggies.  Eat up!

Notes:

  • Hummus is easy to find in stores so feel free to use store bought.  But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can make hummus yourself in less than 5 minutes.  Here is the recipe we use: http://youngmotherhubbard.com/http:/2352/how-to-make-hummus/
  • Tzatziki dip is a cucumber and yogurt based dip that is oh so tasty.  It’s hard to find in stores and it’s typically overpriced.  Fortunately it’s very easy to make: http://youngmotherhubbard.com/http:/2366/cucumber-and-yogurt-dip-aka-tzatziki/.  Or if you simply don’t have the time, you can substitute sour cream with salt to taste and a tablespoon of chopped fresh dill.
  • This recipe is just a guide – I encourage you to tweak it however you like.  Take out the peppers, double the feta, add capers or artichokes… Whatever tastes good to you!

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/notahipster/3737092991/

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