Amazing Feta Dip

Sometimes recipes come along that seriously slap you upside the head with their deliciousness. This beyond-simple Greek feta dip is just such a one. I’m not kidding when I say that it is the most amazing appetizer in the universe. You better sit down though, because not only is it killer in the taste department but it only takes 8 1/2 minutes to put together (less if you have mad chopping skills). Could there be better news? Yummy and fast? I think not.

I’ve seen this recipe floating around Pinterest for years. And subsequently have spent hours in self-imposed time out for not trying it out sooner. Do not be like me. The simple combination of creamy feta, fresh tomatoes, a touch of spicy green onions or chives, and flavorful Greek seasoning needs to be in your life whether you know it or not. Throw the heavenly mixture on top of soft baguette slices and you can see my breakfast, lunch and dinner dreams for the next month.

Amazing Feta Dip

Speaking of feta, let’s talk for a second. Having experienced both sides of the feta crumble, if you will, there is no comparison between using precrumbled feta and feta cheese that comes in a block. You’ve gotta go with the block of feta. Trust me on this. It is a million times creamier and softer and makes a world of difference for this appetizer recipe. Since I’ve made this dip an embarrassing number of times over the last couple weeks, I’ve easily found blocks of feta at Trader Joe’s and at my everyday grocery store in the specialty cheese case (although it’s a great deal cheaper at TJ’s).

And since one of my main talents is giving advice, let me offer another tidbit besides the feta: using a baguette or loaf of bread that’s slightly on the soft side (instead of the kind that may or may not have a crust that hacks mercilessly into the top of your mouth whilst chewing) is key to looking like a complete rock star with this dish. (This homemade Rustic Crusty bread formed into thinner loaves/baguettes would do the trick and earn you about a bazillion of those rock star points, FYI).

I’ve also included some notes below the recipe title about Greek seasoning, the details of which I won’t bore you with right this very second but if you are interested in an MSG-free version, check out that section.

Mostly, I just want you to know, friend-to-friend, that this may be the only thing I will ever bring to your party if/when you invite me from now until forevermore.

Amazing Feta Dip

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Amazing and Simple Greek Feta Dip

Yield: Serves 6-ish

Amazing and Simple Greek Feta Dip

I've made this dip at different times with the precrumbled feta cheese and again with a block of feta cheese and there's no comparison - the block of feta cheese is soft and creamy and perfect while the precrumbled cheese is much, much more dry. If you can get your hands on a block of feta cheese, use it. I found mine at Trader Joe's and also in the specialty cheese case at my very every day grocery store.

Cavender's Greek seasoning is a very popular storebought brand. I've used it a time or two in this recipe but for inquiring minds, it does contain MSG. Lately, I've used a simple homemade Greek seasoning that I keep in a repurposed spice jar in my pantry. This dip is so delicious, it's worth keeping the homemade Greek seasoning around. I use this basic recipe on allrecipes.com, omitting the cornstarch, dialing down the cinnamon a bit (probably a heaping 1/2 teaspoon) and I don't blend it - I just combine in the jar.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 (about 1 1/2 cups) Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 green onions or a bunch of chives, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 8 ounces feta cheese (see note above)
  • 2 teaspoons Greek seasoning (see note above)
  • White or regular balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • Sliced baguette for serving

Directions

  1. Drizzle the olive oil over a plate or platter. Add the tomatoes and green onions or chives and crumble the feta cheese over the top. Sprinkle on the Greek seasoning and toss lightly to combine. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, if using (just a teaspoon or so to start - add more to taste).
  2. Serve the dip with soft, sliced baguettes (pita chips are delicious, too).
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/amazing-greek-feta-dip/

Recipe Source: adapted from Christy at The Girl Who Ate Everything by way of Clover Lane

39 Responses to Amazing and Simple Greek Feta Dip

  1. Sheila says:

    More times than not, I make Roasted Red Pepper Dip or Roasted Butternut Squash Dip and set out with crackers and fresh fruit for lunch from 11 to 1 p.m. during the summer. It’s a fun simple lunch that’s available whenever anyone is hungry during mid day. We love goat cheese with honey so I’m hoping my crew will embrace this feta dip. Thank you for this simple yet nutritional and seemingly delicious idea. Thanks, Mel!

  2. Kate says:

    Have you tried the Penzey’s Greek seasoning? I got a freebie of it and I think I’ll use it to try this recipe. I don’t have any Roma tomatoes–thoughts on subbing rounder ones?

    • Mel says:

      Of all their spices, I haven’t ever ordered the Greek seasoning, Kate, but I bet it’s amazing. I plan to order it when I stock up next. I’ve made this with cherry tomatoes (halved or quartered) and it works great. If you want to use larger tomatoes, I’d seed and juice them just a bit (after you halve them, dig your thumbs into the center membranes and squeeze some out) so they don’t water the dip down too much (Romas have more flesh and less juice generally).

  3. Alicia says:

    This looks delish! FYI, Mel, in your heading (just above your pic) I think you meant to write it was an MSG-free-version (not an MSG version). Can’t wait to try this! We love Greek flavors, and one of our favorite summer meals is Greek Pitas with rotisserie chicken, sliced tomatoes, thinly sliced red onions, and tzatziki; no oven required. This looks right up our alley!

  4. YUM! There is just SOMETHING about feta in the summertime. Whipping up a batch of this tonight, and I’m sure I’ll be with you on the breakfast/lunch/dinner train 😉

  5. Barb says:

    I agree about the feta- the block is betta.

  6. mjfluke says:

    I love feta and tomatoes and I make my own baguettes with the artisan bread recipe. This is definitely going to be pinned. Thanks for introducing me to yummly as well. I love finding new ways to search for great recipes easily!

  7. Jennifer Hubbs says:

    I found this on Pinterest as well and have made it many times over the last couple years- I’m pretty sure it is one of our book club’s favorite appetizers to date! You’re spot on (as usual) with the bread! Softer is better! Around our smallish town, baguettes are sometimes hard to come by so I’ve even done this with a regular sliced Italian or French loaf that I warmed up in the oven. You cannot go wrong with this dip! Now I’m going to dream about it until I make it again…

  8. Valerie A. H. says:

    Mel, I’m so glad you tried this delicious recipe. I remember sending a version of it to you awhile back too (mine uses more olive oil). I love the combination of flavors in it and serve it often to company. It’s a keeper for sure.

  9. Cindi says:

    I just saw this on Pinterest last night and thought YUM!

    Cindi

  10. Janine S says:

    I am hosting a bridal shower tonight! This looks like a perfect addition to the spread.
    You always come through for me! Thanks!

  11. Nicole H says:

    I haven’t ever bought a block of feta before, I’ll have to get some before I try this. It sounds so light and refreshing! I love the flavor combinations.

  12. Cindy says:

    We love to buy the President brand blocks of Feta from Costco. They’re the best price and the tastiest. My husband served his mission to Greece, so he knows his feta. If you can’t get that, any feta that comes in a brine will be awesome. Always, always, buy the block!!

  13. Joanie says:

    Loving the feta kick on the web this week. Couple other recipes in my feed, too. Yum.

  14. Rachael K says:

    This is one of my favorite appetizers ever. We like it at Christmas because the red and green are so festive. I’m glad you finally tried it. I have many Pinterest recipes I keep putting off. I wonder how many gems are in there waiting to be discovered.

  15. Michelle says:

    Oh man, I love feta but hate (raw) tomatoes! Maybe I’ll try it with red bell peppers. I sub those a lot in recipes where I need color & crunch.

  16. Elisabeth says:

    Looks delicious!!! Having family come next week…will have to make a sample batch first though…my husband will gladly help taste test…many thanks!

  17. Kathleen says:

    I have made this several times, most recently for my family reunion over the past weekend! Everyone always loves this and asks for the recipe. For those who said they didn’t like raw tomatoes, I have roasted grape tomatoes and used those in the dip and they were fabulous. The roasting really brings out the sweetness in the tomatoes. I am glad to have the MSG free seasoning recipe and will definitely be trying that next time. Thanks!

  18. Sarah says:

    Thank you for keeping my link in there-it’s really an original recipe from me-adapted from an old old recipe book that I found in my mom’s kitchen. I appreciate the link-thanks again and glad you enjoy it.

  19. Barb says:

    I made this last nite and everybody loved it . I served it with pita chips, cucumber slices and olives. Soo delicious. I splurged on the greek seasoning because the individual ingredients would’ve costed me more than the premade. Thanks for another great recipe.

  20. Deb says:

    Made this last night for an anniversary party I threw for my parents – because that’s how much I trust you, to make something for the first time for 25 people 🙂 Mel, you are THE BEST EVER! This recipe was simple, fast and ridiculously good I literally ate the tiny amount of leftovers with a spoon for lunch today! This one’s going in the permanent rotation. Thanks so much Mel!!

  21. kevin says:

    Loved it Mel. Made it twice already.. second time added a little lemon zest and some red onions, very versatile dip… cant wait to try it with your pita bread and chicken gyros recipes.

  22. JennyP says:

    I’m enjoying this right now with some pita chips and hommus – outstanding! I used block feta and made the MSG free-version of the spice from the link you provided. I did go easy on the cinnamon and nutmeg as I was not sure I would like it. Cannot wait to make this one for friends and family. Thanks, Mel!

  23. Pauline says:

    I just made this last night and HOLY SMOKES!!!! So glad I tried this since football officially kicked off (college) on Saturday. This is going to be a part of every game we watch. So, so, so simple and utterly delicious.

    One question: you mention cinnamon in your comments, but it is not listed in your recipe. I made it without. Should I try cinnamon in the next batch? Which do you prefer?

    Thank you, AGAIN!

  24. Pauline says:

    Oops! Never mind….I see now the cinnamon is part of the Greek Seasoning Blend.

  25. Nicole says:

    Thank you so much for your awesome recipes Me!!! We really appreciate all the time you take in sharing your fantastic culinary skills! I too hide from my 4 kids under 6 and eat choclate in the pantry! LOL!

  26. Stacie A. says:

    How soon after making do you need to eat this? I am making it for a part tonight but wondering if I can prep now…?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Stacie – sorry I didn’t get to this earlier today. My answer would have been that yes, you could make it a few hours in advance. 🙂

  27. laura says:

    Another winner-and simple!! I’ve become a serious fan of your site!

  28. Emma says:

    I made this for a book club treat tonight. It was amazing! Everyone loved it! A wonderful aroma and flavor! Thanks!

  29. Linda says:

    If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area, the BEST feta is the Israeli feta. It’s in a block, but not packed in brine. The package has green and yellow on it, and I swear once you try it, you’ll never buy another kind of feta. It’s really creamy and just delicious. A little more expensive than the other ones, but totally worth it. My TJ’s runs out of it occasionally and I go into serious withdrawls when it’s not available.

  30. Daryl says:

    This has been my favourite go to appy recipe for over a year. When I ask friends what I can bring to a potluck or other get together, this is always what they ask for. I use a garlic infused olive oil and a jalapeño white balsamic just to change it up and yes, block feta is a must. I also serve it with brown rice tomato & sweet basil Triscuit crackers as an alternative to bread. Yum!

  31. Abigail says:

    So I was looking for a quick lunch (besides what I was feeding the children) and I threw in a little bit of this leftover dip along with some rice and some salad into a tortilla wrap. I have to say… pretty yummy.

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