I’m going a little crazy with feta… and tzatziki… and Greek stuff in general.

Have you noticed? Didn’t think so. I know I tend to fly under the radar like that.

Maybe I was Greek in my previous life? Because I really can see myself laying on a sparkling beach with a dark Adonis-like fellow and drinking wine while using a sand shovel to eat baklava. I can see how you might be confused as well, because sitting on a couch in a Pennsylvania suburb with my Adonis-like, red-headed husband watching Despicable Me is almostexactlythesame.

Hello you big bowlful of deliciousness.

I have a legitimate problem on my hands. I, for the life of me, cannot stop making the creamy feta. I make it at least once a week (sometimes twice) and always have it in the fridge because it’s so fabulous as a snack, on sandwiches, on bagels, and on, well… everything.

 

The only reason this poses a snafu in my little life is because if you are unaware, blocks of feta aren’t the most economical purchase I can make at my local grocery store. And when you’re buying two blocks… and sometimes four blocks a week… yeah. It’s a bit excessive. There I said it.

So what’s a feta freak to do?

 

Find a reason to buy even more of it at the store. And layer it up with a bunch of other Greek stuff like olives and artichokes and hummus. I’m obviously getting to know my Greek food, with all these fancy words like “stuff.” Someone get this girl a thesaurus. Sheesh.

Over Memorial Day weekend, my aunt made a delicious layered dip quite similar and it has been on my mind ever since. And then the feta ensued and now I have what appears to be 13 pounds of layered Greek dip in my fridge. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?! Send help.

 

I’m going to take a dip.

Seven Layer Greek Dip

makes one giant bowlful, probably serves over 10 people

1 1/2 cups hummus of your choice

1 15-ounce can of kalamata olives, drained and chopped

1 15-ounce can of artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 large tomato, chopped

1/2 large cucumber, peeled and chopped

1 batch of creamy feta (or 4 ounces of plain feta, crumbled)

1 1/3 cups greek yogurt

3 tablespoons fresh dill

1 teaspoon olive oil

3 tablespoons chopped cucumber

1 garlic clove, minced

salt and pepper

Begin by prepping the ingredients for the creamy feta, if needed and set aside.

In a bowl, combine yogurt, dill, garlic, 3 tablespoons of cucumber, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and mix. Grab a large bowl or plate and begin layering ingredients: the yogurt tzatziki, the chopped olives, the hummus, the chopped artichoke hearts, the crazy feta, and the tomatoes and cucumber. You can layer it however you’d like and use other ingredients to make it your own. I did sprinkle my cucumber and tomato with some salt and pepper for flavor, but the rest of the dip was VERY flavorful since I used the crazy feta. Serve with pita chips or use in wraps and sandwiches.

Note: if you want to make this dip even more enjoyable, you could add some ground lamb!

P.S. This is totally healthy too. Like… REAL healthy. Not it-has-nuts-which-have-protein-so-I-pretend-it’s-healthy healthy. That’s a good thing. Now go buy two full bags of pita chips to devour it with. You’ll want – I mean, need – both bags. Trust me.

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180 Responses to “Seven Layer Crazy Greek Dip.”

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    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — July 6, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    I love this Greek take on the traditional 7 layer dip… why should Mexican ingredients get all the fun, after all?!

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    d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo — July 6, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    That looks unbelievable!!

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    The Teenage Taste — July 6, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    AHHHHHHHH! This looks amazing! I could totally demolish this! :-P

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    Caitlin — July 6, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    omg you’re briliant! I’m so sick of making the mexican 7 layer dip. Can’t wait to try it out on my guinea pig.

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    Girl in the pink — July 6, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    What a great idea!! This would be such a great dish to bring to a party! Looks so good!

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    Shanna, Like Banana — July 6, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    I think just a fork may do

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    Lauren — July 6, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    YES! This looks fantastic!
    I’m all for switching up a classic to make it even better and this takes the cake.
    If you want off the feta bandwagon…I say jump on the goat cheese bandwagon. (Not gonna let you go on that one!)

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 11:02 am

      I’m on both bandwagons! I’m straddling the bandwagons.

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    Ashley — July 6, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Ummmmmmm, yes please! Sending this to my Aunt, who is Greek! She’ll love it. And so will I. :)

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    Piper@GotItCookIt — July 6, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    I wish I was Greek! Love, love, love all things Greek. Also, I bought a great Goat’s milk Feta at Costco the other day for cheap! It’s more rich and salty than most feta (no problem here…). Thanks for sharing this, I am making it!!!

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 11:01 am

      I will have to check that out!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — July 6, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    I’ll be happy to help you with that 13lbs of dip in your fridge ;-)

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — July 6, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    We have quite a few “crazy greeks” for friends here and i believe they would approve of this dip. ;)

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    RhodeyGirl — July 6, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    amanda — July 6, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Oh my goodness that looks amazing! Why have I never thought of doing that?

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    Lisa | Life in Green — July 6, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Yep that looks AWESOME!

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    Jenna — July 6, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Oh yes. I could eat this by the spoonful. Your crazy feta is to die for! I have made it twice already in the span of 3 days!

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    SpontaneousMom — July 6, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    Not to further your addiction- because I am also addicted to Crazy Feta- but over the weekend I made burgers stuffed with Crazy Feta- OMG- yumminess!!! you must try-

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

      Oh em gee… I have been wanting to try burgers with the crazy feta!

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    Tiffany — July 6, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    Your off the hook!

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    Teresa — July 6, 2011 @ 11:47 am

    This looks delish! After my husband and I returned home from a trip to Greece last year – I went straight to Costco and purchased a brick of feta the size of my giant handbag! Seriously…..if you need large quantities of feta, Costco (or maybe some other big wholesale warehouse) is the answer for getting it pretty cheap.

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

      I will check there!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — July 6, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    Mmm that looks good. Except the olives. Am I the only one in the world that doesn’t like olives? I think I might be, but other than that, this looks amazing!

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

      Most of my family doesn’t like olives either!

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    Mama Pea — July 6, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    That’s it. We were separated at birth. I want to go swimming in that dip.

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — July 6, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    My stomach legit just rumbled. Ahhh this looks amazing! I could easily devour that entire bowl solo.

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    Caroline — July 6, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    I love the Greek spin on the 7 layer dip. This sounds amazing. Anything with feta, I’m all in!

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    J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — July 6, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    That is a gorgeous! Everything I love in a Greek salad or on a Greek pizza… in a dip! YUM!

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    Cupcake Activist — July 6, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    I’ve never had a layer dip other than a 7-layer bean dip. This looks delicious though!

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    Claire — July 6, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    This looks like the perfect dish to bring to a summer potluck! I’ll be needing to make this ASAP!

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    Jackie @ That Deep Breath — July 6, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    i have to try this. i kind of want to bathe in it. is that weird?

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 5:08 pm

      That’s my reaction too.

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    Whitney — July 6, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Minus the olives, that looks delicious!!

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    Ann Claire — July 6, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    I love Greek food, this looks awesome1

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    Jessica — July 6, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    To say this sounds fabulous is an understatement! I love the idea of making 7 layer dip Greek and even better yet, lighter than the original 7 layer dip!

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    Lindsay — July 6, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    So, I’m sure this sounds crazy and all, but I’m SO not a fan of hummus. Do you have any recommendations for a substitution? Or, should I just leave it out? p.s. I obsessively love, love, love Greek food too…minus the hummus. ;)

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

      Totally understandable, I didn’t use to like it either! I would probably say just leave it out or double up another layer.

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      • Lindsay — July 7th, 2011 @ 10:06 am

        Thanks!

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    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) — July 6, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    I love the name of this dip haha I’d make it for that alone… I wonder if you could sub in goat cheese for feta. Would that be gross?

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

      I’m sure it would work but you would need to add some kind of flavor in there, the crazy feta is flavored from the jalapenos, lemons, etc.

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    Stephanie Rose — July 6, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

    wow. i must make this. now.

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    alana — July 6, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    This looks absolutely divine! I’m Armenian and Syrian and our food overlaps a lot with Greek food. I can’t wait to make this! I’m on weight watchers and I’m sure this recipe could be easily adjusted to make it pretty low in points. Thank you thank you!

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      Definitely, it is pretty healthy!

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      • alana — July 6th, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

        I added it all up and substituted in non-fat greek yogurt and reduced fat feta cheese. For 10 servings it would 5 points and for 12 servings it would be only 4 points. Delicious and healthy recipe, thank you!

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    Katrina — July 6, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    This might just be the yummiest looking dip ever!

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    Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique — July 6, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    Yum! This looks amazing. All my favorite things in one dip. :)

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    Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather — July 6, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    Genious! I’ve never had a Greek layer dip… Just Mexican. Must make with the added lamb!

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    Jillian — July 6, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    I’m literally sitting at my office desk drooling, eyes watering. hmmm…sorry cubicle co-workers. This looks amazing. Also, I’ve told everyone I know about crazy feta because it’s the best thing. ever. oh my. y

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      It really is the best thing ever!

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    Anne — July 6, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    I need this in my life right now. My husband and I just finished off some Trader Joe’s Mediterranean hummus…here’s my excuse to buy more (or make it myself)!

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      That’s actually what I used in this!!

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    Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) — July 6, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    Oh man, this looks so good. Perhaps even better than Mexican seven layer dip??? Blasphemy.

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    Heather @ girlyeverafter — July 6, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    This is the dip to take to a party hosted by a “not so good cook” so you will fill up and not feel bad about not eating their food because they’ve filled up on the dip too!

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    • Jessica — July 6th, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      Hahaha so true!

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    • Dani — July 6th, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

      LOL!

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    Dani — July 6, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    Zomg! That looks SO good!

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    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — July 6, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    That looks insanely delicious! I am on a hummus kick right now and just had some Greek chicken tacos that were amazing. I AM going to make this!

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    Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife — July 6, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    oh WOW. This is amazing stuff, and I am going to make it. Thanks :)

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    janie la pierre — July 6, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    FYI- Costco sells Feta, if you have one close by. We buy the BIG block because we use it a lot. Will have to try this!

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    Cookbook Queen — July 6, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    I need more Greek foods in my life.

    I am also convinced that I’m a former Greek. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is to blame.

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    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking — July 6, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    this is brilliant. very very smart idea. :-)

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    Amanda N — July 6, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    I love this dip!!! Although, when I make it I don’t use artichokes or crazy feta. I bet those two things make it TEN times better. I will have to try it next time. And it’s sooo much better with homemade pita chips. YUM!!

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    Molly @ RDexposed — July 6, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

    Wow… all I can think is “wow” right now. This looks…wow!

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    Cynthia (It All Changes) — July 6, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    Oh my Jess! You’ve made my wannabe-greek heart skip a beat. This will be made and devoured ASAP!!!!

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    Jeanette — July 7, 2011 @ 12:43 am

    What a great idea! Love Greek flavors and this dip would be perfect for a summer get together!

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