Greek Feta Yogurt Dip is tangy and deliciously healthy. Serve with crudite and crackers for an easy appetizer or snack.
This Greek feta yogurt dip is inspired by a dip I bought from Trader Joe’s that the kids loved. I inquired at the local Greek market to see if there was an authentic Greek feta dip – there isn’t as far as I can tell. However, the store manager suggested that I try mixing feta cheese with garlic, some good olive oil and oregano. Under no circumstances would he add Greek yogurt. He claimed the only reason to add Greek yogurt would be to stretch out the ingredients since feta is expensive.
Well, I got home and decided to give this feta dip a try. To keep some texture in this dip, I first pulsed the feta cheese in the food processor briefly, just to get it crumbly. I reserved half of this crumbled feta cheese, then blended the rest with a little Colavita Mediterranean Olive Oil, lemon juice, za’atar seasoning and black pepper. Against the advice of the store manager, I did add non-fat Greek yogurt to make a creamier dip and “dilute” the calories a bit (feta, like other cheese, is relatively high in fat and calories).
This Greek feta yogurt dip would be delicious served alongside hummus and muhammara, with crudite or crackers to dip.
Feta Yogurt Dip with Za'atar
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 pound feta cheese about 1 1/3 cup
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
- dash of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon za'atar seasoning plus more for garnish
Place garlic, feta cheese and olive oil in food processor and process until cheese is roughly crumbled. Remove half of cheese to a bowl. Add yogurt, lemon juice, black pepper and za'atar seasoning to food processor bowl. Process until just about smooth. Add to bowl of feta crumbles and mix well. Spoon into serving bowl and sprinkle with more za'atar seasoning.