• by XpatAthens
  • Friday, 20 February 2015
Greek 7 Layer Dip

When I came across the idea of a Greek 7 layer dip on Our Best Bites recently, I knew that I would have to add it to my snacking mix for the big football game this year. I am a huge fan of both the classic Texmex 7 layer dip and of the Greek flavours going on in this dip. In fact this Greek version of the 7 layer dip reminded me of the Greek nachos that I make that are also a fusion of Greek and Texmex.

I started the dip out with the layer of freshly homemade hummus and then I went on to replace the cream cheese layer with a layer of tzatziki made with a thick and creamy 0% Greek yogurt.

(I figured that I would be getting a lot of cream cheese in the other dips that I will be serving so I would keep this one nice and light and the tzatziki fits in with the Greek theme as well.) The next few layers are more of ingredients that are stacked on and they include some tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, Kalamata olives, feta and a touch of mint as a garnish. I strongly associate oregano with Greek cuisine and I wanted to work some in so I mixed it into the tomato layer.

Although I was expecting this dip to be good with all of the great flavours in it, I was not expecting it to be as amazing as it was! I nearly devoured the entire batch in one sitting! The combination of the creamy hummus, the tart and garlicky tzatziki, the juicy tomatoes and crunch cucumbers, the salty olives and feta was simply fantastic! In addition to being one of the most addictive dips that I have had in a while, this dip is also pretty healthy, especially when served with toasted whole wheat pitas triangles for dipping. This dip is perfect for anyone looking for a healthier alternative for snacking at any party!

(makes 4 servings)

1 1/2 cups hummus
1 cup tzatziki
1 cup tomato (diced and mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon oregano)
1/2 cup cucumber (cut into small pieces)
1/4 cup red onions (diced)
1/4 cup feta (crumbled)
1/4 cup Kalamata olives (pitted and coarsely chopped)
1 handful mint (chopped)
4 whole wheat pitas (cut into triangles and toasted until just crispy)

1. Assemble dip starting with the hummus and stacking each ingredient on top of the last.

By Kevin Lynch