Greek Dip Platter Recipe

Yields: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Dips:

Hummus:

  • 1 (15oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed, OR 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin

Tzatziki:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber, grated and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley or dill
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender
  • Large serving platter
  • Small bowls for individual dips

Instructions

Make the Hummus:

  • Combine ingredients: Add chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and cumin to a food processor or blender.
  • Process: Blend until very smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water.
  • Taste and adjust: Add additional salt, lemon, or spices as needed.

Make the Tzatziki:

  • Grate and drain cucumber: Grate the cucumber, then squeeze out excess liquid using cheesecloth or paper towels.
  • Combine ingredients: Mix the drained cucumber with Greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, dill (or other herbs), salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Chill: Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for flavors to meld.

Assemble the Platter:

  • Base layer: Spread hummus in an even layer on a large serving platter.
  • Add tzatziki: Spread tzatziki in a layer on top of the hummus.
  • Arrange toppings: Sprinkle with chopped cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and fresh herbs.
  • Final Touches: Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil.

Serving

Serve with a selection of dippers such as:

  • Warm pita bread, cut into wedges
  • Pita chips
  • Fresh vegetables like carrot sticks, celery, and cucumber slices

Tips & Variations:

  • Make-ahead: Prepare the dips a day in advance and store them in the refrigerator. Assemble the platter right before serving.
  • Add-ins: Customize with other Mediterranean flavors like roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, or a sprinkle of za’atar spice.
  • Whipped Feta: For an extra special treat, include a bowl of whipped feta dip. It’s incredibly easy to make by whipping feta with a bit of Greek yogurt and lemon.

Enjoy this burst of authentic Greek flavors!

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