Oh I wish, I wish, I wish I would have thought of this one myself! It’s genius! If you like the flavors of Mediterranean food, you’ll love this layer dip! It’s super easy to make. I usually have all of these ingredients on hand, so when people come over, I am able to make it in just minutes. Thank you to Dara of Cookin’ Canuck for creating this brilliant recipe that I have used over and over again.
Health tips: diabetes-friendly*
Layer-Dip Ingredients (serves at least 4 people):
- 8 oz. hummus (see recipe below)
- 1 tomato, diced
- ½ cup diced cucumber
- ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
- ⅛ tsp salt (optional)
- ¼ tsp paprika
- 2 canned artichoke hearts, chopped (or you can use the frozen kind, which I find at Trader Joe’s)
- 2 roasted red peppers (4 halves), diced (you can make your own, or just use the jarred peppers)
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tbsp minced flat-leaf parsley
- Kalamata olives, chopped
- Peppercini’s , sliced or chopped
- 15 ounce can chickpeas drained
- ¼ cup tahini (this is like peanut butter, but made with sesame seeds)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1-3 cloves garlic, minced (depending on how garlicky you like it)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt to taste (optional)
If your’re pressed for time, you an always buy store-bought hummus. 🙂
To make the hummus, add the first 4 ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Drizzle in the olive oil until desired consistency (you may want to use a little less or more than 2 tablespoons). Taste, then add a little salt at a time. That’s it! It’s super easy to make hummus! (Side-note: I personally do not add salt because the can of chickpeas already contain salt. Plus you get salt from the kalamata olives.) Now you can assemble the dip…
- In an 8- by 8- square serving dish, spread the hummus evenly on the bottom. Layer the tomatoes and cucumber over top.
- Dollop the yogurt over the vegetables, then gently spread with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the yogurt with salt (optional) and paprika.
- On top of the yogurt, layer the artichoke heart, roasted red peppers, peppercini’s and feta cheese. Sprinkle the parsley over top.
- Serve with fresh vegetables (like celery, carrots, and cucumbers), pita chips, whole-wheat pita bread, or crackers.
This recipe is so perfect, I never change a thing when I make it (I have added peppercini’s because my husband LOVES them). Try making your own hummus, it’s waaaay cheaper and you are able to control the quality of ingredients!
*If you are diabetic, I suggest eating this dip with veggies instead of the crackers, pita chips, and pita bread.