Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mediterranean Layer Dip with Hummus and Tzatziki


"This Mediterranean Layer Dip with Hummus and Tzatziki is perfect for a crowd. It's healthy flavors appeal to everyone and it's so easily put together. No cooking-just layering- and you've got a beautiful dip that everyone will love!" 

Well, I guess it is official. Now that Mother's Day and Cinco de Mayo are behind us it's time to gear up for graduation season and Memorial Day. Man, May is sure a busy month. Our lives are a bit calmer these days, but I do love remembering the college graduations. Bittersweet memories that seem so far away, even though it's just been 5 years. Wow-they have come a long way and I continue to be so proud of them.

Mother's Day found us both frolicking in the yard. HAH HAH! Manservant was busy painting my folly and now is considering an opening on Memorial Day, though he did manage to provide a soft opening for me Sunday night. Yes, this crazy man managed to send me off at 8PM to pick up dinner at 5 Guys while he quickly showered, and set up a very romantic setting in my new, though unfinished folly. Complete with candlelight and a newly painted table on a cute new rug with a vintage picnic basket and ice chest filled with ginger beer and mezcal, he set up a delightful little scene. He even had a fire burning in a new fire pit down below, and a blanket waiting to keep me warm. Of course it all sounds great except that he was on the phone with his mother during our fast food dinner. Well, nothing can be perfect-but it was still very good. He told me about the rest of his vision to finish this she cave off, and I must say it is quite visionary! Can't wait to share photos on what I hope will happen very soon...


 As I'm hoping to have a GRAND OPENING on Memorial Day, I thought I would share an easy layer dip that is marvelous for a crowd. I quickly made this to take to an event and just grabbed a few photos before I left. It turned out to be popular, so I decided to bestow this layer dip upon you! No cooking, no recipe set in stone, just a few ingredients that are quite popular right now. Served with pita chips or flatbread or even more veggies, this dip is not only good for you, it tastes good, too.


More Great Crowd Pleasers:
Poblano Onion Dip             Pineapple Serrano Hummus    Beer and Honey Potato Chips w/Onion Dip

                  

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Serve with pita chips for dipping or veggies such as carrots and peppers!


Yield: 10-20 Servings       Print Recipe

Mediterranean Layer Dip with Hummus and Tzatziki

This Mediterranean Layer Dip with Hummus and Tzatziki is perfect for a crowd. It's healthy flavors appeal to everyone and it's easily put together. No cooking-just layering- and you've got a beautiful dip that everyone will love!
prep time: 25 MINScook time: total time: 25 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 32 oz container hummus
  • 1 15 oz can garbanzos (drained and dried)
  • 1 8 oz container of tzatziki
  • Za'atar, dried thyme, oregano, sumac
  • European Cucumbers, Peeled, Sliced thin and quartered
  • Baby Tomatoes of all colors, sliced and quartered
  • Bermuda onion, finely diced (about 1/3 to 1/2 a cup)
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Pine Nuts
  • Chopped Italian Parsley or Mint or both!
  • Aleppo or Urfa Chilies or Dried Chili Flakes
  • 3 T tahini
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • Optional-olives, drained capers,

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. On a large platter, spread hummus to cover.
  2. Sprinkle with garbanzos. Spread on tzatziki. Sprinkle with za'atar or other seasonings. I am quite liberal with my seasoning so use a lot!
  3. Now is the time to be an artist. Sprinkle on your tomatoes around the platter. Throw on your cucumbers and Bermuda onion.Sprinkle with feta crumbles. Throw on some pine nuts. You can even saute them if you want them golden. Toss on the parsley and then sprinkle well with your choice of chilies.
  4. Last, but not least, Combine tahini, olive oil and lemon juice. Whisk together well and drizzle over layer dip. This is an optional step, but I feel it adds a ton of flavor.
  5. If you'd like add some olives or capers or even sun dried tomatoes. Artichoke hearts work well as do hearts of palm. Make your own signature recipe!
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29 comments:

  1. This is really nice. I have a similar dip, but I love the tzatziki on top!!!

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  2. Lotta flavor in that dip! I could make an entire meal out of this. :-) Looking forward to seeing pictures of your folly!

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  3. You crack me up, you're the best! Gota' love Manservant! Sounds like he tries to please everyone! Good grief, I can hardly wait to see the She Cave and wish I lived near you! Folly time fer sure!

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  4. What a fabulous dip! I think I have everything in my fridge, pantry and spice drawer to make this and it is so refreshing! Lots of May events and this is definitely a winner!

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  5. We wish this plate had a diving board because we want to dive right in! May is madness month for events so it is great to have an easy a fun dip that this you can whip up in a jiffy! Pinning!

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  6. What a fabulous dip! I could have used this for my book club last week :) So cute about your soft opening--looking forward to your post Memorial Day reveal!!! xo

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  7. Oh Abbe, I really like this. The best of a felafel in dip form :)

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  8. Hi Abbe, first of all your dip sounds amazing, love all the different layers, Pinned! also your she-cave sounds pretty cool. How sweet of manservant to build it for you, can't wait to see pics.

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  9. What a fantastic layer dip! I love both hummus and greek yoghurt...and this is so perfect with some fresh veggies and or fruit chips.

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  10. What a simply divine dish, Abbe! I love all the layers of flavors and all the things that you can have w/it...I'm thinking simply grilled chicken and dollop a big spoon of this on top!! xo ~ally

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  11. Abbe, you are KILLING me with this! It's all my favorite things in one yummy dip :). I can't wait to see pics of the she-cave! Have a great weekend, my friend!

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  12. This looks gorgeous, healthy, and sooooo delicious, and I can't WAIT to see your she-cave!!

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  13. I AM SUCH A GEEK FOR GREEK! You have NOOOOO idea!

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  14. Totally delicious, hummus has to be one of the best foods ever invented in my eyes... this looks perfection ♥

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  15. I love this one! All the flavors and especially with the tzatziki! It is one of my flavorites! (I made up a new word! ) LOL

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  16. What a great recipe for summer entertaining, Abbe! I can't wait to try it!

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  17. Looks so good, and I love the presentation as well!

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  18. What a delicious recipe with lots of colours! It makes me so hungry!

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  19. Oh Abbe, this dip is so pretty and it sure looks super delicious with all the layers of goodness...great for entertaining...
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  20. Such a romantic man you have :) can't wait to see your folly too. This dip looks gorgeous, perfect for summer, actually any time of the year.

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  21. I love both tzatziki and hummus! This is the mother of all the appetizers! ;)

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  22. I love this layer dip! It's something I've never made before, but the kind of thing I've ordered in restauarants many, many times. Thanks for the recipe!

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  23. I'm a huge fan of all things Mediterranean so I'm loving this dip!

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  24. All the good stuff in the same plate... a real Greek celebration of flavors.

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  25. Wow!! this looks awesome. Everything is super tempting and delicious. I wish I could have a bite :)

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  26. Your dip looks yummy. Can't wait to see photos of your brand new folly!

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  27. Layer so deep and delicious I wouldn't mind having to dig myself out! GREG

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