Garlic Feta Dip

Garlic Feta Dip ~ loaded with the bold Mediterranean flavors of garlic and feta, balanced with fresh lemon and dill in a creamy dip. Serve with warm toasted pita and veggies.

Appetizers & Beverages | March 22, 2018 | By

Garlic Feta Dip ~ whipped ’til creamy, loaded with the bold flavors of garlic and feta, balanced with fresh lemon and dill, served up with warm, lightly toasted pita and veggies.

We vacation as a family in southwest Florida every year. My husband and I kick off the vacation and the kids join us a couple of weeks later.

Last week all the kids were in town and along with the volume and craziness they bring a wide variety of appetites. Meals range from Fruit Loops to hot dogs, to Chorizo Queso Dip and Chicken Tacos to and scallops and risotto for seafood night. In between there are rum drinks and wine but that’s for another post. 

We had a great time together with lots of laughs and swimming, kayaking, hunting for sharks teeth on the beach, catching some beautiful sunsets and even celebrating our granddaughter’s second birthday.

Garlic Feta Dip ~ loaded with the bold Mediterranean flavors of garlic and feta, balanced with fresh lemon and dill in a creamy dip. Serve with warm toasted pita and veggies.

My husband and I are here another week or so along with an odd assortment of food left in the refrigerator after the kids departed. I’m up to the task. I consider my personal challenge to use up *every* bit of it even if it kills me. That chicken though ~ vamoose. It somehow got shoved to the back of the fridge and really would kill me. 

Garlic Feta Dip ~ creamy, tangy feta, bold garlic flavor and the bright, fresh taste of lemon and dill has already used several ingredients plus some pistachios that became a garnish. This dip (insert sigh) is so delicious I’d ride this train ’til it won’t run any more.

Garlic Feta Dip ~ loaded with the bold Mediterranean flavors of garlic and feta, balanced with fresh lemon and dill in a creamy dip. Serve with warm toasted pita and veggies.

Almost as soon as the kids left, my husband stood in front of the open refrigerator and wondered (aloud) what we were going to do with all the food that was left. “We need to eat all this before we leave.” In reality, there wasn’t as much as in other years.

Garlic Feta Dip ~ loaded with the bold Mediterranean flavors of garlic and feta, balanced with fresh lemon and dill in a creamy dip. Serve with warm toasted pita and veggies.

If you love Greek/Mediterranean flavors like I do, you’ll love this dip. Simple ingredients come together in a snap with plenty of wow factor and you can make it ahead of time which in my book equals Easy Entertaining

I could have devoured the entire batch myself (especially because since it isn’t fried or spicy my husband wouldn’t touch it), but I exercised a little self control. Even though this is lightened up with Greek yogurt, everything in moderation, right?

Garlic Feta Dip ~ loaded with the bold Mediterranean flavors of garlic and feta, balanced with fresh lemon and dill in a creamy dip. Serve with warm toasted pita and veggies.

Garlic Feta Dip Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-3 cloves of garlic grated (** see NOTE below)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
  • zest from half of one lemon
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: chopped pistachios, olives, tomatoes, dill

** NOTE: Let’s talk garlic. Garlic cloves vary in size. I used 2 cloves in this batch which was about 1 heaping tablespoon, grated. This gave me the strong garlic flavor I was looking for but I would suggest you start small and build the garlic flavor so it’s not overwhelming. 

Instructions:

Grate the garlic, then using a food processor or mixer (I used a mixer), combine the feta, softened cream cheese, yogurt, olive oil, grated garlic, dill, lemon juice and zest together in a bowl.

Season with fresh cracked black pepper to taste and adjust the garlic level as necessary.

Garlic Feta Dip ~ loaded with the bold Mediterranean flavors of garlic and feta, balanced with fresh lemon and dill in a creamy dip. Serve with warm toasted pita and veggies.

Once the ingredients are combined, transfer the Garlic Feta Dip to a bowl or serving dish and garnish with a light drizzle of olive oil and some chopped pistachios, Kalamata olives or just a little more dill and serve with warm, lightly toasted pita or veggies.

So a few more fridge contents are gone. A second birthday in the books and sadly, another vacation is almost over.

Happiest of birthdays sweet girl. Be kind. It’s underrated . . . dream big and enjoy every bite of life. We love you!

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Garlic Feta Dip ~ loaded with the bold Mediterranean flavors of garlic and feta, balanced with fresh lemon and dill in a creamy dip. Serve with warm toasted pita and veggies.

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Garlic Feta Dip ~ loaded with the bold Mediterranean flavors of garlic and feta, balanced with fresh lemon and dill in a creamy dip. Serve with warm toasted pita and veggies.
Garlic Feta Dip
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Creamy whipped ~ healthy ~ appetizer loaded with the bold flavors of garlic and feta, balanced with fresh lemon and dill. Serve it up with warm, lightly toasted pita and veggies
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword: garlic feta dip, greek feta dip, healthy appetizer
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-3 cloves garlic grated ** see NOTE below
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • zest from half of one lemon
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • Optional garnishes: chopped pistachios olives, tomatoes, dill
Instructions
  1. Grate the garlic, then using a food processor or mixer, combine the feta, softened cream cheese, yogurt, olive oil, grated garlic, dill, lemon juice and zest together in a bowl.
  2. Season with fresh cracked black pepper to taste as well as the garlic level.
  3. Once the ingredients are combined, transfer to a bowl or serving dish and garnish with a light drizzle of olive oil and chopped pistachios, Kalamata olives or just a little more dill and serve with warm toasted pita or veggies.
  4. ** NOTE: Garlic cloves vary in size. I used 2 cloves in this batch which was about 1 heaping tablespoon of grated garlic. This gave me the strong garlic flavor I was looking for but I would suggest you start small and build the garlic flavor so it’s not overwhelming.

  1. Jodi
    March 23, 2018

    Bernie this sound GREAT for a Friday night on the deck with a little wine. Hey, it’s Friday. Now, if only it was warm enough back here to sit on that deck #summerwillcome

    • Bernie
      March 23, 2018

      Thanks so much Jodi!! It’ll be warm soon — let’s make it happen 🙂