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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.

Person dipping bread into feta dip.

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.

“It is soooo delicious! I made it today to be served tomorrow, and I pray there will some left to serve my guests.”


What You’ll Need To Make Creamy Whipped Feta Dip

Dip ingredients including lemon, sour cream, and mayonnaise.
  • Feta Cheese: Provides the salty and tangy flavor base of the dip. You’ll need a block of feta for this – not the crumbled variety.
  • Sour Cream: Adds creaminess and balances the sharpness of the feta.
  • Mayonnaise: Enhances creaminess and richness in the dip.
  • Lemon Zest: Adds brightness and a citrusy aroma.
  • Chopped Garlic: Introduces a savory depth of flavor.
  • Dill, Oregano, Thyme, Salt, Black Pepper, And Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: Contribute to the Mediterranean flavor profile and enhance the overall taste.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds: Offer a nutty flavor and crunchy texture when sprinkled on top.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Drizzled on top for additional richness and flavor.
  • Toasted Pita Wedges and/or Sliced Vegetables: Serve as dippers, providing a delightful contrast in texture and flavor.
  • Jump to the printable recipe for precise measurements

Step-by-Step Instructions

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

Dip ingredients and seasonings unmixed in a food processor.

Process until smooth.

Creamy feta dip in a food processor.

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

Person brushing pita bread with olive oil.

Cut into wedges.

Pita bread cut into wedges.

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

Pita wedges on a lined baking sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F.

Toasted pita wedges on a lined baking sheet.

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

Toasted sesame seeds in a skillet.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream in whipped feta dip?

Absolutely! Greek yogurt is fine to substitute for sour cream in this recipe. It’ll still provide that creamy goodness while adding a slight tanginess to the dip.

Can I make whipped feta dip ahead?

Sure – the 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.

Can I use an immersion blender instead of a stand blender or food processor to make whipped feta dip?

Yep – it may take a touch longer to blend, but an immersion blender will work.

Person dipping toasted pita into creamy whipped feta dip.

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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


  • 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


  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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  • Made this dip for an Easter Sunday brunch at church and it received rave reviews by many. Some even asked for the recipe…was happy to give the Once Upon a Chef website link because there are so many other great recipes on this site.
    Prior to making, I read the comments and adjusted the recipe to eliminate any extra salt (the feta is salty enough if you buy an authentic brand) and added a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. The lemon juice really brightened the taste.
    I also started making the dip with the food processor but, as someone else pointed out, the texture was grainy. So put the dip in the high-powered blender for about 1 minute and it came out creamy and just beautiful. The perfect dip for crudité and a real change from just the typical Ranch or Blue Cheese dips. Highly recommend and will make it again. Thanks!

    • — Leonard's Mom on April 1, 2024
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