Lemon Whipped Feta Dip is a tangy, slightly sweet dip that is creamy and is the perfect appetizer or snack. Feta cheese is whipped with lemon juice and garlic and finished off with lemon zest and a sprinkling of za’atar. I love serving this feta dip with crunchy vegetables, pita chips or pita bread. You can also spread this on toast or baguette!
LEMON WHIPPED FETA DIP
Now that we have entered 2022 a lot of us are looking for light and healthy recipe ideas.
We have also entered into the end of football season which means lots of gatherings that involved appetizers and finger foods.
Since February is the month a lot of us will be watching the big game I figured there is no better time to share a light dip like this Lemon Whipped Feta Dip.
Today’s Whipped Feta Dip is creamy, tangy and sweet bursting with the citrus flavors of winter.
I love drizzling olive oil over the finished dip, adding lemon zest and sprinkling za’atar when it is finished.
WHAT IS IN LEMON WHIPPED FETA DIP?
FETA CHEESE: Feta cheese is the start of the show in this dip. I like to buy block of feta cheese when I make this but if you only have crumbled that should work also.
GREEK YOGURT: I like to add the yogurt to make it extra creamy and balance the flavor. You can use plain yogurt if you like but it won’t be as creamy.
You also can leave this out for a dairy-free version it will just have a bit more tang.
LEMON JUICE & LEMON ZEST
SPICES: I will often sprinkle spices over the feta dip when I am done. I love adding sumac because it pairs with the lemon well or za’atar.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: I use the extra virgin olive oil when I am whipping the feta cheese and then I also like to drizzle some on the finished dip.
HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS WHIPPED FETA DIP?
This dip is so easy to make! You can have it on your table in under 10 minutes.
It is great for an appetizer or snack, a spread on wraps or pitas or a rice bowl.
WHIP THE FETA: Place the feta cheese, Greek yogurt, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice and garlic in a mixer. Mix on medium for 3-4 minutes until whipped.
SPREAD IN A BOWL: Spread the whipped feta into a shallow bowl and smooth with a spatula.
GARNISH: Drizzle the remaining extra virgin olive oil over the feta cheese, add the zest of 1/2 of a lemon and sprinkle za’atar or sumac for garnish.
WHAT TOPPINGS GO ON THIS LEMON WHIPPED FETA DIP?
NUTS: Nuts would be a great addition like pine nuts, pistachios, sliced almonds or walnuts.
FRESH HERBS: I like to add fresh herbs on top of this dip especially fresh parsley and mint.
ROASTED VEGETABLES: Roasted veggies would be a fun addition on top of your dip. Try these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables.
ROASTED TOMATOES: Roasted tomatoes would pair perfectly with this dip similar to in this Goat Cheese Dip.
SPICE: If you like some heat added to your dip try cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper or diced jalapeños.
OTHER IDEAS: Some other ingredients I love adding on top of this is olives, artichokes, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, figs or chopped dates.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS FETA DIP?
You might be wondering what works best to serve with this dip. I love having a variety of options for my guests.
Here are some ideas of what I like to serve:
PITA BREAD OR PITA CHIPS
OTHER DIP AND APPETIZER RECIPES:
- 2- 7 ounce packages of feta cheese, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 of a lemon juiced, plus lemon zest
- Za'atar or sumac to garnish
- Place the feta cheese, Greek yogurt, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice and garlic in a mixer. Mix on medium for 3-4 minutes until whipped.
- Spread the whipped feta into a shallow bowl and smooth with a spatula.
- Drizzle the remaining extra virgin olive oil over the feta cheese, add the zest of 1/2 of a lemon and sprinkle za'atar or sumac for garnish.
- Serve with pita chips, pita bread, vegetabes or crostini.
- Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
There are a lot of great garnishes for this dip. Some I like are fresh herbs lke parsley or mint. Pine nuts or crispy chickpeas are a nice addition.