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Creamy Whipped Feta Dip

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Similar to htipiti, the salty and tangy Mediterranean mezze spread, this feta dip is fabulous with toasted pita or veggies.

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This creamy whipped feta dip is an American riff on htipiti, the salty and tangy Greek feta spread typically served as part of a Mediterranean mezze. It’s super easy to make. You simply combine feta cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon zest, garlic, and spices in a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve the dip with sliced vegetables and toasted pita wedges, and garnish it with crushed red pepper flakes, toasted sesame seeds, and a drizzle of olive oil.

What You’ll Need To Make Creamy Whipped Feta Dip

Step-by-Step Instructions

In food processor, combine the feta cheese, sour cream. mayonnaise, lemon zest, garlic, and spices.

Process until smooth.

To make the toasted pita, brush the bread with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Cut into wedges.

Arrange the wedges on a parchment-lined baking sheet for easy cleanup.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F.

To toast the sesame seeds for the garnish, simply place them in a small pan over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until golden.

Serve the dip drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with crushed red pepper flakes and toasted sesame seeds.

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Creamy Whipped Feta Dip

Similar to htipiti, the salty and tangy Mediterranean mezze spread, this feta dip is fabulous with toasted pita or veggies.

Servings: Makes about 1½ cups
Total Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 8-oz block feta cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellman's or Duke's
  • Zest from 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon, packed)
  • 1 small clove garlic, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for serving

For Serving

  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Extra virgin olive, for drizzling
  • Toasted pita wedges (or pita chips) and/or sliced vegetables

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Transfer to a serving bowl and use a small spoon to create a swirl on the surface of the dip. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and crushed red pepper flakes, if using.
  2. MAKE AHEAD: This dip can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator. It will stiffen up in the fridge to a spread-like consistency, so be sure to let it sit at room temperature for about an hour before serving.
  3. To make the toasted pita wedges: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush the pita bread on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Cut into wedges, then arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes until lightly toasted.
  4. To make the toasted sesame seeds: In a small pan over medium heat, cook the sesame seeds, stirring frequently, until golden, a few minutes. Watch carefully as they are quick to burn.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 137
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 233 mg
  • Cholesterol: 26 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Comments

  • This is so delicious!! I was trying to find a copycat recipe for the whipped feta served at Aba in Chicago…. This is the closest I can find! I personally prefer the thicker texture like they serve at Aba, so next time I may try decreasing the amount of sour cream + mayo added, but aside from that, the flavor is on point!

    • — Lauren on January 30, 2023
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  • Really great , easy dip! Added some lemon juice because I wanted a bit more lemon flavor. Dish is plenty salty from the feta so no need to add more. I loved the idea of the Aleppo pepper and, since I had some, sprinkled it on top. Enough additional flavor without all the heat – and I wanted a red color because it was for a Christmas veggie tray (wreath shape with beans, green peppers, broccoli….white cauliflower and some red cherry tomatoes) Soooooo much better than boring ranch dip!

    • — IPJ on December 23, 2022
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  • I’ve made this many times now—it’s my go-to potluck dish!—and it’s alwayssss a hit. I could eat it with a spoon. The only thing I do differently is sub the sour cream for greek yogurt but it turns out perfectly every time!

    • — JH on December 23, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I just made this in the food processor to hold for Christmas and the consistency looks very smooth but when i taste it there’s a bit of graininess in mine? I processed for a few minutes and I followed the recipe exactly except I had fresh dill on hand so I used fresh instead of dry. Could that be the cause? The flavor is great just thrown off by that grainy texture. Thanks! (FYI several of your recipes will be featured on the table this Christmas–love them!)

    Katie

    • — Katie on December 22, 2022
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    • Hi Katie, sorry that you found this to have a bit of a grainy texture. I haven’t heard that before. Is there a chance you may not have processed the mixture enough? Did you buy a block of feta versus crumbled? It also occurred to me that it could be the brand of feta you used as I’ve had different results with different brands. I find that I have good luck with the President brand.

      • — Jenn on December 23, 2022
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      • Hi Jenn, I bought a block of feta and I processed for a while. Should I try crumbled next time? I usually buy president crumbled too but bought a block (and it was a different brand) for this recipe. It might just be the brand of feta as you said. Either way I’m eating it– the flavor is great! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.

        • — Katie on December 24, 2022
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        • No, I’d stick with the block. And because you stuck to the recipe with the exception of the fresh dill (which wouldn’t have made a difference), the only thing I can think of is the brand of feta you used. I find that based on the brand you buy, the taste and texture can vary a decent amount. Glad you’re enjoying it nevertheless!

          • — Jenn on December 25, 2022
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  • do you think you could use goat cheese instead of feta

    • — christine on December 19, 2022
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    • Sure – I’d love to hear how it turns out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on December 22, 2022
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  • This was a disaster for me. I followed the recipe exactly and it came out the consistency of thick salad dressing instead of like hummus. It was too runny to dip crackers so I used cut up veggies, but it wasn’t great.

    • — Tina on November 24, 2022
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    • Just made it and mine is very, very runny, too. Followed recipe exactly, except doubled spiced bc seemed way too bland. Putting in fridge now to see if it helps.

      • — Laura on December 30, 2022
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  • Would veganaise work instead of regular mayonnaise?

    • — Erica on November 5, 2022
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    • I’ve never used veganaise, but if you’ve used it in place of mayo in other things and have liked it, I think it should work. 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 7, 2022
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  • This was fantastic! In fact my 24 year old son asked if we could just keep this as a standard in the fridge and yes, we are. Our second batch in four days.

    The only things I did differently is I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and in addition to the dried herbs, I added about 2 teaspoons each of fresh oregano and thyme from our garden.

    My husband makes salmon croquettes with fresh salmon and sautéed bell pepper and the two together are sublime.

    Do you think I could leave out the mayonnaise?

    • — Kelly Collins Cunningham on August 24, 2022
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    • Hi Kelly, So glad this was a hit! I wouldn’t just omit the mayo, but you could replace it with something; I think cream cheese or cottage cheese would be your best bet.

      • — Jenn on August 25, 2022
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  • This dip is outstanding. Apart from the pita chips, I often serve it in the summer with cold, cooked fingerling potatoes, split in half lengthways. It’s a delicious combination and with black Kalamata olives on the side, it looks fabulous too.

    • — Anita Amos on August 13, 2022
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  • OH. MY. GOODNESS. This is THE best dip.
    I didn’t allow enough time for it to thicken, but that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying it. My 13 y/o granddaughter used a “drip” plate.
    I can also see using it as a salad dressing. It’s even better the next day.
    Truly a keeper.

    • — Marilyn on June 25, 2022
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  • fantastic! i love it as a dip or as a topping for gyros or chicken shawarma recipes!

    • — Jen on June 11, 2022
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  • Has anyone used Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream and mayonnaise to add some protein to it?

    • — Heidi on April 30, 2022
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    • Hi Heidi, you can definitely replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt. I’d recommend sticking with the mayo for the smoothest taste as using all Greek yogurt will make the dip a lot tangier. If you’d like, you could use 3/4 cup Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup mayo. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it with that combo!

      • — Jenn on May 2, 2022
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      • I have made this twice and it was a huge hit both times. The first time I served with toasted pita bread and hummus and olives. It
        Made a beautiful mini mezza platter.
        This will be one of my regulars from here on out.

        • — Carolyn Hunter on August 8, 2022
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  • It is soooo delicious! I made it today to be served tomorrow, and I pray there will some left to serve my guests. I’m never disappointed with any of your recipes. Thank you!

    • — Nicki on April 11, 2022
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  • I struggle to find appetizer ideas so was happy to find this when I had a gathering to bring something to. Even if its my first time making one of Jennifer’s recipes before, I KNOW it will always turn out well, and this is no exception! It is so easy to make and yet full of flavour- it was a winner! Like some other comments, my feta was salty enough as is so I didn’t need to add the salt that’s in the ingredients list. I also added about a teaspoon of lemon juice for extra zest. I’ll definitely be making this again!

    • — Tanisha on March 27, 2022
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  • This dip is fantastic and so easy to make! I used it on a charcuterie board and then stuffed grilled mini peppers with it. Great recipe!

    • — Jamie on December 27, 2021
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  • This dip was absolutely fantastic. I made it a second time and added roasted red peppers & it was the most amazing thing ever! My family could not decide which version they liked better – so I’ll just continue making both! Thank you!

    • — Alicia on December 9, 2021
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  • great dip, probably wont add the salt again because the feta I used was already salted.

    • — mel on November 6, 2021
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  • This was so good! Will make again and again 🙂
    How long would you suggest it lasts?

    • — Ali on October 15, 2021
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    • Glad you like it! It will last in the fridge for about 3 days.

      • — Jenn on October 15, 2021
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  • Going to make tonight. Thoughts on fresh herbs vs dried ?

    • — Tina on September 6, 2021
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    • Hi Tina, You could honestly do either – whatever you have on hand is fine. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 6, 2021
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  • Loved the taste! I plan to also use as salad dressing, it’s that good.

    • — Lulu on August 21, 2021
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  • I am a sucker for all things feta, and this dip did not disappoint! A perfect appetizer on a warm evening. My only suggestion would be to taste the dip before adding the salt. Mine did not need any as my feta was very salty on it’s own. Served with pita chips – my guests were scraping the bottom of the bowl to get every last bit of this dip!

    • — Terri F on August 4, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn – I made this feta dip as a starter for a lamb chop dinner – it is FANTASTIC!! Thank you for another excellent recipe! Flavors are great and the make ahead option was such a help. Lee Mc

    • — Lee Mc on July 30, 2021
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  • BURSTING WITH FLAVOR! My 72-year old “pinkies up” aunt wiped the bowl clean with her fingers after finishing the pita wedges. Wow! Intense lemon burst! One of the most flavorful and universally loved dips for people of all ages. I made it as specified. For the best flavor, use REAL feta — the kind that comes in salt brine (available at Whole Foods too). This dip is equally outstanding with toasted pita wedges and with crudités. Thank you Jenn for another amazing recipe that brings together friends and family!

    • — S from DC on July 1, 2021
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  • Easy pleasy lemon squeezy. Made it tonight unadulterated and so nice on a warm night. Keto friendly dip but drizzled over a cold salmon salad. Another winner.

    • — Ken in Kent UK on June 14, 2021
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  • Just made this for tomorrow to serve as an appetizer with veggies and naan chips. It’s absolutely awesome! I only had 5% sour cream and it worked just fine. I left the salt out until I mixed it all up as the feta I used was in brine which is salty in and of itself. Glad I waited as it doesn’t need any added salt. Before using the feta I drained it on paper towels until quite dry then crumbled with a fork. I used my ancient food processor to whirl it all up and it has quite a few small lumps which I really like. Love, absolutely love, the hint of lemon – it gives the dip a ‘brightness’.

    I made ‘chips’ from some too-long-in-the-freezer naan bread that I split open, brushed with olive oil mixed with Caesar seasoning, and baked in the oven until crisp. Will serve the feta dip with the ‘chips’ and raw veggies and expect all will be devoured tomorrow!

    Thank you for another awesome recipe Jenn.

    • — Susan P. West Kelowna, BC Canada June 11 2021 on June 11, 2021
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  • Very flavourful

    • — Karen on June 4, 2021
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  • Absolutely loved! I served mine in a shallow dish and top with honey!!! Incredible

    • — Julie on March 16, 2021
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  • Totally delicious! I made it as-is except I added a bit of lemon juice and less zest, plus did nonfat Greek yogurt instead of the mayonnaise for a bit less fat. It was so tasty with crudités and pita. I might try it with fresh dill next time (I think mine was old and didn’t add much taste). An immersion blender got it nice and lightly whipped, with less cleanup than a food processor or blender. Thank you for a great recipe.

    • — Holly PDX on February 7, 2021
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