A Trio of Fresh Flavor: 3 Easy-to-Make Mediterranean Dips

Came through dippin’ dip dip… Sorry had to let my inner Cardi B out. Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning the menu! I’ve got three super easy, quick, and semi-healthy dips for you. These dips aren’t too heavy, which makes them great appetizers to snack on while being guilt-free. They are my version of a Mediterranean 3-dip tray that I serve with some pita bread, beet crackers, tomatoes, peppers, and some artichokes!

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A Trio of Fresh Flavor: 3 Easy-to-Make Mediterranean Dips

The spicy feta dip was something I had when my husband and I were in Greece for our honeymoon. It was so so so good that I had to recreate it when we got back. My spin on baba ganoush was inspired when I tried making it with harissa oil. It turned out soo great that I add some red chili powder, for the perfect amount of heat.

A Trio of Fresh Flavor: 3 Easy-to-Make Mediterranean Dips

The tzatziki dip is the perfect way to cool down from the other two spicy dips. I feel like it is the Greek version of raita! If you have any of the dips left over, they’re great in falafel, gyros, salads, or as spreads for sandwiches.

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A Trio of Fresh Flavor: 3 Easy-to-Make Mediterranean Dips

Spicy Feta Dip

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Feta cheese
  • 1 roasted red pepper
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor until all the ingredients have mixed thoroughly.
  2. Serve!

A Trio of Fresh Flavor: 3 Easy-to-Make Mediterranean Dips

Tzatziki

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber, grated
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp dill, chopped
  • ¼ tsp dried mint powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Put the grated cucumber in a strainer, add salt and let them sit for about 5 minutes, this will help release all the extra water from the cucumber. Then in a cheesecloth or a paper towel squeeze out all the additional water.
  2. In a medium bowl add all the ingredients and mix really well.
  3. Serve with your favorite pita bread!

A Trio of Fresh Flavor: 3 Easy-to-Make Mediterranean Dips

Baba Ganoush

Ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp tahini paste
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of Zaatar spice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. With a fork or knife poke holes all over the eggplant then foil the eggplant and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Place the baked eggplant into a bowl and saran wrap the bowl closed, this will help peel the skin easily. Once the eggplant has cooled, peel off the skin.
  4. Rough chop the eggplant, then in a blender or food processor add the rest of the ingredients and blend until the baba ganoush is of a smooth creamy consistency.
  5. Top the baba ganoush with some more olive oil and a sprinkle of zaatar spice.
  6. Enjoy!

A Trio of Fresh Flavor: 3 Easy-to-Make Mediterranean Dips

NOTES:

  • You can find the Zaatar spice at your local grocery store in the international isle, Amazon, or world marker.
  • You can serve them with pita chips, stone fire mini naan, cucumbers, olive, the options are endless!
  • I used Presidents brand feta, but any brand will work just as well.
  • Taste the feta dip before adding the salt, as feta is salty cheese.

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