Sunday, January 17, 2010

Meditteranean Layer Dip

Growing up we frequently enjoyed 7 Layer Dip at family get-togethers and parties.
There are many different variations on this recipe, but ours was usually as follows- refried beans on the bottom, a packet of taco seasoning or taco spice blend mixed with sour cream next, then guacamole, chopped tomatoes, sliced olives, shredded cheese, and sliced green onions.
Serve it with tortilla chips and it makes a fantastic appetizer and/or snack.

I saw a recipe for the same type of layer dip in a magazine over the holidays, but the flavors and ingredients were Meditteranean instead.
I didn't follow the recipe, but I did see the idea, so it's not like I just imagined this up completely on my own.

I put this together and served it with pre-made whole wheat pita chips. I usually like to make my own pita chips, but because of time, I bought pre-made this time.

I started off with hummus as the bottom layer, then a thin layer of plain fat-free greek yogurt, sliced fresh spinach, chopped roasted red peppers, chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumber, sliced black olives, chopped green onions, chopped fresh parsley and then, crumbled feta over the whole thing. I finished it off by squeezing fresh lemon juice over the whole thing and boy, did we have a winner of a dip!
We actually ate this for lunch and everyone in my family loved it.
I love all of these ingredients and flavors anyway, but combining them in this way was really great.
I had to remove the tomatoes from the section my hubby ate, but he liked it once I took those off.

I scooped all the leftovers into a plastic container and ate them as lunch for a couple of days.

This would be a great appetizer for a party or a great lunch/snack, so throw it together and see what you think!

I didn't really measure the amounts when I was throwing this together. I just layered the ingredients and topped each layer with the next, by the amount that looked good.

Meditteranean Layer Dip inspired by a magazine, put into play by Me
plain fat-free greek yogurt
sliced fresh spinach
chopped roasted red peppers
chopped cucumbers
chopped tomatoes
black olives
chopped green onions
chopped parsley
fresh lemon juice

On a platter or plate, spread a thick layer of hummus.
Top this with thin layer of greek yogurt, spreading almost to the edge, but leaving a 1/4-1/2 inch of the hummus uncovered.
Next add a few handfuls of sliced fresh spinach.
Top the spinach with the chopped peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, green onions, and parsley.
Sprinkle the desired amount of feta cheese over top and squeeze the juice from 1/2 or 1 lemon over the entire dip.
Serve with pita chips.
Refrigerate leftovers, if any.


Kerstin said...

What a unique twist on a 7 layer dip - love it! I've been really into Meditteranean flavors lately!

Sook said...

What a refreshing dip! It would be great for an appetizer or even snacking. Yum!

Cindy said...

This looks great. I love Meditteranean flavors. I have a Greek Salad that is so good. Will be on the menu soon

Laura said...

Great variation of the usual 7 layer dip. Sounds yummy!

bjandcec said...

Thanks, Mare. This is about to become dinner. Love you, Mom

Tessa said...

This looks amazing! We've been on a Meditteranean kick around here, so I may have to try it out! Football playoffs anyone?

Chef Aimee said...

What a great and healthy dish for the new year!

Barbara said...

Great Super Bowl idea! Love your twist on the old 7 layer dip!

Meghan said...

I've never though to put a Mediterranean spin on layered dip - love it!!!

G. said...

that looks delicious...greek is my absolute favorite! I wonder if greek olives instead of black would be good? I am definitely going to try this one.

Eliana said...

This looks beautiful. And would make a great alternative to some better known fatty dips for super bowl sunday.

SSI said...

This sounds awesome...the old 7 layer dip was always a hit..I can imagine that this would be equally as welcome at any party. We're on a hummus kick so this idea is a great way to mix it up a little. Thanks for sharing.

Maria said...

Love this dip!

Jennie said...

I love the sound of this dip! The colours are gorgeous!