5 Layer Greek Dip

9.22.2011

We eat a lot of hummus in our house. It's a great, healthy dip, but sometimes it needs to be dressed up for a night out on the town. (AKA: I need something to take to a party and usually have these ingredients at home already.) Enter, 5 layer Greek dip...
Start with hummus. I've got a simple recipe for homemade hummus below.  In a pinch, store-bought works just as well! Here's what you'll need to pick up at the store:

SHOPPING LIST:
-Hummus (homemade or store bought)
-red bell pepper
-kalamata olives
-cucumber
-feta cheese
-fresh dill
If you've never made hummus at home, it's easier than you'd think. Plus it's more cost effective than buying it premade, even if you're using organic ingredients.
Easy Hummus
-Two 15 oz. cans of chickpeas/garbanzo beans
-1/3 cup of liquid from the can of chickpeas
-2 cloves of garlic finely minced  or 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
-Juice from 1/2 lemon
-3 tablespoons of olive or grapeseed oil
-2 tablespoons of tahini (sesame seed paste)
-1 teaspoon of salt
Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a food processor until the consistency is smooth. Yes, it's that easy.


Instructions:
1. Finely chop olive, bell pepper, cucumber, and dill.
2. Spread hummus about 1-2 inches thick in the bottom of a wide serving dish.
3. Sprinkle the vegetables evenly over the hummus.
4. Crumble feta cheese on top.
5. Sprinkle bits of dill and serve with warm pita slices. Enjoy!

OTHER GREAT DIPS...
Savory Crab Dip ( my fav!!!)

Q: What are your last minute I-need-something-to-take-to-a-party recipes?

94 comments:

  1. I make a dip very similar to this and Love it!! I will have to try your version. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a great idea! I must surprise my hubby with this recipe - thank you!

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  3. Hummus is a staple in my fridge. I think I might try this tonight. You have some great recipes. Thx for sharing!

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  4. Hi there! I can't find your contact info anywhere but I'd love to feature your home on my blog if you'd be up for it. Let me know! kirstenkrason@gmail.com

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  5. I found your picture on Pinterest, which led me to your blog. This looks so yummy... and much healthier than the dumb taco dip my husband always makes.

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  6. looks great! going to make it for a work party tonight!

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  7. Thanks for this! I love hummus but I've never thought of jazzing it up! I cannot wait for the next family party so I can bring this and be the hit of the night!

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  8. You'll love it, Kim:) Heading over to your blog now.

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  9. Made this dish for dinner last night! Hubby & I loved it! Thanks- Rebecca

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  10. This will be my go to party dish for a long time I do believe as well as a regular in our own kitchen. Thank you for sharing. I also arrived here via Pinterest. :-)

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  11. This looks awesome! I hope you don't mind but I just posted this recipe on my Facebook page. Thanks for posting this.

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  12. I cannot wait to try this. I posted it on my FB as well and it got a great reaction. Thanks!

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  13. Lorraine, this is one recipe where you really can go with what you feel. I had about 2 cups of hummus and then chopped up a full cucumber, pepper, and handful of olives. I just sprinkled them on until the hummus was covered.

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  14. Where can you find Tahini??? Do you have to go to a specialty store? Hummus is my new obsession! I would love to make it at home instead of having to buy store brand or just eating it at restaurants. :)

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  15. Audrey, most "finer" grocers sell it. You might find it with the nut butters or the international section. If you have a natural market in your area, give them a try. It's so worth it to make your own. Tastes fresh and much more cost effective. Good luck!

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  16. I made this last night for a Thanksgiving get together, and it was a hit! My only problem was the hummus got a little watery once I put the veggies on top of it. Do you have any suggestions for this?

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  17. Katie-Hmmm, maybe pat the veggies with a paper towel before adding them. I haven't had this issue...I know that cucumbers can be very watery. Try to add these on top perhaps. I'm glad it tasted good, sorry about the H2o:(

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  18. this looks sooooo good. But I wonder if you could drizzle tzatziki or something on top...im gonna try this!

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  19. Have you ever added tomato or red onion?

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  20. Yummy, yummy. I think I will make this this evening for a holiday party we have. I'll have to use roasted red peppers to avoid going to the store.

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  21. This is delicious!! We make it regularly for dinner and might be borderline addicted!

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  22. I found this on pinterest. looks so delish. I may try to make this for super bowl. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. This sounds divine. A friend sent me the link to try because she is so in love with your dip. Can't wait to try it.

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  24. Thanks Sarah! I'm so flattered that you "stopped by" today. Your blog is full of recipes I NEED to try.

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  25. I will have to try making my own hummus. I have made a version of this but added chopped fresh tomato. It is quite addictive.

    Thanks for the recipe.

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  26. A fabulous idea! I munch crackers and especially viggies often and this is a great idea for dipping! (Cutting in half since it's just for home, but definitely a great paty idea!)

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  27. Thanks for posting! I made this but I used the juice of two lemons, no oil, 1/2 cup of tahini and 1 Tbsp of cumin and 1/2 Tbsp of paprika. It was awesome!! So easy to make! I loved all the toppings, too!! I couldn't find dill, so I had to use basil, but it was good too. Great recipe :)

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    1. I too always use cumin in my hummus. I also add cayenne pepper and balck pepper. I don't use any oil or tahini to make it even healthier. Give it a try. I bet you won't miss it!

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  28. @Moms and Fitness...That sounds great. I love cumin but never thought about adding it to hummus. Thanks for the tip!

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  29. This looks absolutely delicious! Can't wait to try it - thanks!

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  30. I love to make hummus, but never thought of a layered dip! I'm having a wine tasting on Friday and am going to make this! Thank you!!!

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  31. This looks DELISH! Gotta try it!!! :)

    Anna
    www.anewfoundtreasure.com

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  32. I love hummus and never ever thought of making it at home. So happy I checked this out, now I'll never have to buy another little container...or three again. lol. BTW, I'm going to make this dip tonight since my mom is coming over to visit her gran.

    Kisses and Cupcakes

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  33. I love all of those ingredients...now I can combine them together...such a nice idea, thank you! Had to pin it!

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  34. Hello,

    This looks awesome!! I make my own hummus regularly but yours has less oil and tahini than mine requires to make it creamy. Do you rinse the beans? Or does the bean water help with the creaminess? I ask because I made a different bean dip a while back and forgot to rinse the beans and that gave them a creamier texture but I am always afraid when I am making hummus to not rinse as I do not want to ruin it! Thank you for your help. I am always looking for a way to make stuff healthier and your less oil and tahini along with the veggies would do that!

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  35. Colleen, I don't rinse the beans for the exact reason you mentioned! The bean juice does help the consistency, so you're not adding as much oil. Some may not like the taste as much though, so I guess you should do a little experimenting. Thanks for stopping by and asking!

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  36. This looks amazing! And low carb which is super important for me! Thanks for sharing this! I do have a similar recipe but this punches it up a notch :)

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

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  37. Thanks for the hummus recipe! Can't wait to try it!

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  38. I have made this dip many times for my family. We love it and it has become a staple at all family gatherings. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us!

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  39. Athena, this is great to hear! Thanks so much for letting me know.

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  40. This looks fabulous! I love hummus with cucumber and peppers, but never thought to dice and pile on top for a layered dip...love it. Can't wait to taste it with those kalamatas! Thanks!

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  41. Just brought to a neighborhood barbecue... Serious hit. Everyone absolutely loved loved loved. Only modifications were adding one diced tomato, yellow peppers instead of red, dill over hummus layer and on top, and fresh cracked pepper. It was the first bowl eaten clean today! Thanks!!!

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    1. That is so great to hear! I like how you tweaked it too. Yellow peppers are great time of year. Thanks for letting me know.

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  42. this recipe is not greek, hummus is an arabic food. we greeks have tzatziki, skordala, and a couple of other types of dip. this recipe looks real delicious, so the next time we have a picnic or a hummus competion at our church i'm using it. haha! most of the parishers are arabic. my hubby loves hummus so i will make this for him for the days we fast without the feta. i just noticed the avocado hummus, i'm pinning that one as well. :)

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  43. This sounds like a really good recipe which I am going to try.

    It would be nice if there was a printer version so we didn't have to print all the comments.

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  44. So very good! Thanks for sharing!

    Bonnie

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  45. i made this for 2 cookouts and it was an absolute hit both times. people love it plus they are impressed that it tastes so good and that it is healthy!

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  46. This sounds amazing and will be on the menu for our next weekly BBQ, thank you very much for sharing.

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  47. I just made this dip recipe and it too die for!!! I used pre-made hummus and put fresh squeezed lemon juice, about a half lemon's worth, over the hummus to cut the "not fresh" taste. Next time I am adding some mint to see how that lights my taste buds up. Thanks for the recipe. I am new to the kitchen a appreciate your detailed directions.

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    1. The lemon juice was a good trick! Thanks for letting me know. Glad to have you following along:)

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  48. I pinned this forever ago and finally gling to make it for a party this weekend! Such a great healthy dip that I know will be delicious. And great use of summer veggies, thank you!

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  49. I'm soaking fresh Garbanzo beans in 11.5pH Kangen water right now & Can't wait to try this out!

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  50. This looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing. PINNED>

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  51. Thanks so much for the recipe. I always keep my eye out for healthy recipes for my family and this one hit the spot. We like to eat it with home made pita chips. YUM! Will be using the recipe for many years to come.

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  52. I have made this quite a few times now, and it is always a winner!!! I use Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, to give it a little more yum! The fresh dill is definitely the staple to this recipe. Perfect, thank you.

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  53. I just made this for work today!! Can't wait to try this out!! Pinned for sure!!

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  54. This was a big hit! Thank-you so much for sharing.

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  55. Making this today, and really looking forward to it!

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  56. I love this recipe but I am going to try it with garlic stuffed olives instead.

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  57. I am having a party soon and am using fresh lime juice and zest, lemon zest and fresh cilantro! Probably a few red pepper flakes as well. I cant wait! Oh, and red onion and scallions...Lol!

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  58. I am having a party soon and am using fresh lime juice and zest, lemon zest and fresh cilantro! Probably a few red pepper flakes as well. I cant wait! Oh, and red onion and scallions...Lol!

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  59. I make so many recipes, but have never made hummus before, your recipe is not only easy, but delicious!

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  60. Just ran across your blog and I will definitely be back. This recipe looks delicious!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know-welcome to "The Cupboard":)

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  61. I'm making this tomorrow for a friend...it looks awesome! I'll be posting it over on my blog with a link back here. Glad I found your blog! :)

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    1. This was so good that I'm making it again tomorrow for a potluck. YUM!

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  62. Making this for a Superbowl party today. Excited to try it!

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  63. I spotted this on Pinterest recently. I made it for a Superbowl party. It was a huge hit!

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  64. Love this recipe! I included a link to it in a round-up of quick and easy appetizers on my blog at http://thecozyabode.com/?p=667.

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  65. So lovely to see that you use greek ingredients and indulge in Greek cusine! Greetings from Greece!

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  66. I made this for Easter sunday and just wanted to say it was a HUUUUUGE hit with both kids and adults....well not my kids but normal eating kids :) I did forget the dill tho! Guess I'll just have to make it again and remember the dill!

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    1. That's great Kelly! So glad your crew liked it. I've made it plenty of times with no dill, but it just adds a little zest. Thanks for stopping by.

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  67. How about making it a layered dip? Hummus, veggies and feta, then another layer of hummus and veggies? That might be good!

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    1. That's a good idea and would probably look really pretty too!

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  68. I was skeptical when making this cuz I wasn't sure anyone would eat it. Brought it to a party and it was devoured. A good add to it is Tabouli Salad on top of the hummus.

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  69. I Also Was Skeptical As I Am Not A Big Fan Hummus.I Too It To A Party And Not Only Did I Like It, It Was A Big Hit With Everyone! Thanks For Sharing!

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  70. OMG.... my jaw literally dropped seeing this.... can't wait to try!!!! Thanks so much! <3 <3 <3

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  71. Made this today...l love it...can't wait to share this with my family..it will be a tradition I am sure..thank you for the recipe.. I added guacamole since I had a couple left from my last supper..it blended well. I just blended cream cheese, avacodo and hummus all together instead of layering it, which

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  72. Made this for lunch today and it was fabulous!!! I added chopped tomatoes to bulk it up more for my main course and ate it with whole wheat greek style pita bread! Sigh. It was wonderful!

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