Mediterranean Party Dip

For my LAST RECIPE of 2015, (where did this year go?) I offer you this super-easy and fun to make flavorful Mediterranean-inspired dip! Just in time for your New Year’s party!...

 

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With its cheerful brightly colored veggies, this chunky spread would make a fun New Year’s party nibble or a healthy addition to your family’s lunch boxes along with fresh veggies and pita chips.

 
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I hope you will try this AMAZING dip using my recipe for Labneh (soft yogurt cheese) as it really adds a pleasing texture and just the right amount of tang. However, plain Greek yogurt would be an acceptable substitution.

 
Exactly, what is labneh? Nothing more than thickened yogurt, an incredible array of labnehs are commonly found in Middle Eastern cuisines. Check out my simple recipe (using a combination of goat and cow’s milk yogurt strained in cheesecloth) for the super-simple instructions.

 
*If you don’t have time to make the labneh, you can substitute 2 cups of plain Greek reduced-fat or full-fat yogurt. (although the consistency will be somewhat thinner)
 
Once you make labneh for the first time, don’t be surprised if you become hooked! After sampling many varieties in Israel, my husband and I discovered it is a wonderful base for spreads, dressings or just eating plain with veggie dippers and have been making a batch weekly since our return. Labneh is also delicious served with grilled and roasted veggies. Try my Grilled Vegetable Meze with Labneh and see if you agree!

 

Mediterranean Party Dip

Recipe Adapted from: Mediterranean Veggie Dip via Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications: Low Calorie, p. 111 (2015)
Yield: about 2 1/2 cups

 
Click HERE for the complete recipe, but in the nutshell, here is what you do:

 

Instructions

Prepare all ingredients.

 
Combine in a medium bowl. Cover; chill for about 2 hours to allow flavors to “marry.”

 
Spoon into a decorative bowl. Sprinkle with paprika and reserved "mix-in's."
Serve on a platter with pita chips and a variety of fresh-cut veggies.

 

Mediterranean Party Dip
 
With its cheerful brightly colored veggies, this flavorful Mediterranean-inspired dip would make a fun party nibble or a healthy addition to your kids’ lunch boxes along with fresh veggies and pita chips. I hope you will try this dip using my recipe for Labneh (soft yogurt cheese) as it really adds a pleasing texture and just the right amount of tang. However, plain Greek yogurt would be an acceptable substitution.

Recipe Adapted from: Mediterranean Veggie Dip via Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications: Low Calorie, p. 111 (2015)

Yield: about 2 1/2 cups
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 recipe Labneh (yogurt cheese) or 2 cups reduced-fat or full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped bottled roasted sweet red peppers, patted dry
  • 1/3 cup canned artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sliced pitted Mediterranean or Greek olives (I used a combination)
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion (green and light green parts only)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
*Reserve a small amount of a few of the “mix-ins” for garnishing dip (olives, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, pine nuts, green onions, etc.
Garnishes
  • Paprika
  • Reserved “mix-ins”
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. If time allows, cover and chill for about 2 hours to allow flavors to “marry.”
  3. Spoon into a decorative bowl. Sprinkle with paprika and reserved “mix-in’s.”
  4. Serve on a platter with pita chips and a variety of fresh-cut veggies.
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Make Ahead and Storage Tips: if time allows, chill dip for about 2 hours to allow flavors to “marry.” Dip may be stored up to 2 days; cover and refrigerate.

Fresh herbs not available? Simply swap the 1 tablespoon of each with 1 teaspoon dried. (although the dip will have a more authentic Mediterranean flavor if you use fresh herbs)
 

Notes:

Fresh herbs not available? Simply swap the 1 tablespoon of each with 1 teaspoon dried. (although the dip will have a more authentic Mediterranean flavor if you use fresh herbs)
 

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37 Responses

  1. What's not to love about this "party in a bowl" festive dip. I could dig in right now. The colors are so enticing. I can see this one as a centerpiece to a New Years Eve party. Or any party. I've found some wonderful Gluten Free Chips that would be a perfect dipper for this yumminess. Happy New Year my amazing friend. Meeting you in person was one of my top highlights of the year. Hope we can meet again in 2016! <3 U!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Awww thanks so very much Kc! You know us...whatever we create has to be colorful, fun, healthy and YUM! I LOVED meeting you out in Cali this summer and can't wait till we can get together again...and this time, we are gonna COOK! Happy New Year my friend!
  2. This dip sounds fantastic Linda!! I think I would be inclined to spread it over a pita and fill it full of marinated chicken and veggies! Yummy!1
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thanks Kecia! And your idea sounds so yummy...a must try for sure!
  3. This is a delicious recipe. I love healthy 'dipping' for parties and cocktails - though I don't drink much but I do love dips. Happy New Year!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thanks so much Joanne! I'm with you...I don't drink much at parties, but I sure to appreciate when lots of healthy nibbles are served! Happy New Year!
  4. Love your new party dip Linda!!!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thanks so much my friend! Happy New Year!
  5. Barb
    Looks great, think I'll send it to a friend who has absolutely all these ingredients in her kitchen, maybe she'll make it for me! Hee Hee!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thanks bunches Barb! I hope you have the chance to try it! Happy New Year!!
  6. You couldn't find a better way to end this year Linda! I wish to you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year full of sweet and savory delicacies!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thank you so much Katerina! I wish you the Happiest, Healthiest and most Joyous New Year ever filled with bunches of yummies!
  7. I love the addition of mint in this dip Linda. I can actually taste the wonderful combinations and feta with mint go hand in hand!! Happy New Year my sweet friend!! May 2016 be the best year ever!! ♥
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Yes, the fresh mint mixed with the feta really enhances the fresh Mediterranean flavor of this dip! Happy New Year my sweet friend and thank you so very much for all the love and support you so generously gave me this year!
  8. I love how colourful and tasty your Mediterranean Party Dip looks! We had labneh in Israel too and we really enjoyed it. This dip would be perfect for New Year's parties - or anytime really :-)
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thanks so very much April! We became hooked on labneh when we were in Israel and it has become a weekly staple in our house. So versatile and delicious!
  9. This party dip will be great at any gathering - loaded with goodness through and through. Nicely done and for the last post of 2015 - perfect!
  10. I absolutely love the sound of this!! The flavors, colors, crunch of all the dippers.. this is a GREAT looking dip!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thanks so much Angela! Happy New Year!
  11. Linda, I just love this recipe! I make a strained homemade yogurt that is about this consistency. I'll have to try labneh. looks divine. But what you put with it just makes me want to dig in. What a gorgeous combination of ingredients in here!!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Oh Diane, I'm sure your strained yogurt would be perfect in this tip! You can use Greek yogurt, but it doesn't quite have the same tang and thickness. Happy New Year my friend!
  12. This sounds like just my kind of dip! Wishing you all the best for the New Year! :)
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thank you so much! This dip has become one of our favorites as it's as fun to make as it is to eat! Happy New Year to you too!
  13. This dip sounds fresh and delicious. Dip is one of my favorites, and any time it can be a little healthy, I'm all for it. Yum!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thanks bunches Debi! Happy New Year!
  14. 1shamrocks
    This dip is a party in itself! Looks so yummy, great job!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thanks bunches Lori!
  15. Not only would I dip into that, I would use it as a sandwich spread, and spread onto a tortilla and roll it up. Yum, on every level possible.
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Fabulous ideas and thanks so much!
  16. This is one who-stopper of a dip! Love all the delicious flavors in it especially the addition of fresh herbs! I have never made yogurt cheese so I appreciate the recipe for that and also the substitute you recommended! Happy New Year!!!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thank you so much Abby! We make yogurt cheese weekly and have incorporated it into all kinds of delicious dishes. I hope you try it as well as the dip very soon! Happy New Year!
  17. This dip looks so delicious and full of flavor! Happy New Year!!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thank you so much! Happy New Year to you too!
  18. came over from #TryABiteTuesday ... love the colors and can't wait to try the flavors! Pinning!
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Hi Noel! I am thrilled you stopped by and hope you enjoy the dip. We make it all the time whether it's for a party or just as a handy healthy snacking option. :)
  19. This looks like a party in a bowl. I love the colors and it's packed with flavor.
    • Linda Shapiro (Meal Planning Maven)
      Thanks ever so much. I hope you have the chance to try it sometime!