Amazingly Easy Greek Dip (or Salad) with Tomatoes and Feta
Amazingly Easy Greek Dip with Tomatoes and Feta was a hit when I took it to a party, and when we ran out of low-carb pita for dippers, people called it salad and ate it with a fork! And this dip is low-carb (with approved low-carb dippers), low-glycemic, meatless, and South Beach Diet friendly with portion control. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
There’s a fun story for how I got the recipe for this Amazingly Easy Greek Dip (or Salad) with Tomatoes and Feta. I don’t know if I’ve even talked about it on the blog but for over two years now I’ve been working out several times a week with a trainer (and it’s life-changing if you want to invest in your health!) So last Friday I was working out with Wendy, a lovely woman who’s my most frequent trainer. I told her what a busy day I was having and that I needed an appetizer for a party but had no time to go to the store. (And as she reminded me, when you’re a food blogger it’s not cool to show up with a relish tray from Costco.)
Wendy told me about this amazing dip she makes all the time for parties, and I realized I had everything to make it. When I went to my car after the workout, I quickly wrote the ingredients on a piece of paper. Then I frantically worked all day, stopping just in time to chop up tomatoes, crumble Feta, slice green onions, toast pita, and grab the Greek Seasoning. When I got to the party I realized I had forgotten the olive oil, the dish I took was way too small for the amount of ingredients I had, and I didn’t have nearly enough toasted pita.
But not to worry! The recipe for Tomato and Feta Dip that Wendy shared with me was a HUGE hit! In fact on a big table covered with more food than you can imagine, my dip was completely devoured in a few hours. And when the pita ran out, people who came later just assumed it was a salad and spooned it onto a plate and ate it with a fork.
It didn’t hurt that I used heirloom tomatoes from my garden of course! But Wendy assured me that even if you make this in the dead of winter with cherry tomatoes, it will always be delicious. And because the dip was so easy to make and got called a salad by at least half the people at the party, I decided to name it Amazingly Easy Greek Dip (or Salad) with Tomatoes and Feta! I think it might make a fun red-and-green dish for the holidays when you’re looking like that kind of thing.
Wendy didn’t tell me where she found the recipe, and after I had made it for the party, made it again at home, taken photos, and edited the photos I thought of googling it to see if I could credit the source. I found so many blogs who had made something similar, but the earliest one I noticed was Feta Dip at Clover Lane, although I doubt that’s where Wendy found it. Thanks Wendy, for the great workouts and this amazing new dip recipe. I can tell I’ll be making it over and over again!
I toasted my favorite low-carb pita bread for dippers; do that first if you want, or serve with pita chips, bread, or flatbread if you prefer. Cover the bottom of a dish with a thin layer of olive oil, spreading around with a brush. Cut up tomatoes and drain for a few minutes in a colander if they’re extra juicy garden tomatoes. Make a layer of chopped tomatoes in the dish.
Cover the tomatoes with a layer of crumbled Feta. (I wanted the tomatoes to show, so I took a fork and “stirred” gently to get some tomatoes to poke out. Then make a layer of sliced green onion. (I love green onion; you may want to use less.) Sprinkle with Greek Seasoning and serve with something crispy to scoop up the dip. Or for lowest carbs, serve as a salad and just eat with a fork!
I promise, anyone who loves tomatoes and Feta will gobble this up!
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Amazingly Easy Greek Dip (or Salad) with Tomatoes and Feta
- 1-2 T olive oil (enough to make a thin layer in the bottom of the serving dish; use a high quality extra-virgin olive oil with good flavor for this recipe)
- 4 cups diced tomatoes (4 very large large garden tomatoes or 6 medium tomatoes; can also used cherry tomatoes)
- 8 oz. block Feta cheese, crumbled (I don’t recommend pre-crumbled Feta, which is usually dried out)
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup sliced green onion
- 2-3 tsp. Greek Seasoning
- toasted pita bread, bread, or flatbread for serving (I toasted my favorite low-carb pita bread.)
- If you’re making the pita bread dippers, cut pita circles into eighths, lay out on baking sheet, and toast in a hot oven or toaster oven until it’s just starting to brown. Watch carefully; pita bread only takes 5 minutes or less to toast at 400F/200C.
- Spread a thin layer of olive oil in the bottom of the serving dish. (I used an oval-shaped dish that was 12 inches long and 8 inches wide at the widest part.) Cut the stem end off tomatoes, then make 1/2 inch slices and dice each slice into small squares. (If you’re using juicy garden tomatoes, let them briefly drain in a colander placed in the sink.)
- Make a layer of tomatoes over the olive oil. Then crumble the Feta over the tomatoes. If you want some tomato showing, take a fork and gently “stir” so the tomatoes are peeking out. Slice desired amount of green onion into thin slices and sprinkle over the crumbled Feta. Sprinkle with Greek Seasoning.
- Serve the dip with toasted pita bread, bread, or flatbread, or just serve as a salad and eat with a fork! I doubt this will keep well in the fridge (refrigerating tomatoes destroys the flavor) but you probably won’t have any left.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Tomatoes are not super low in carbs, so if you’re strictly limiting carbs you might want to use more Feta and less tomatoes for this Amazingly Easy Greek Dip with Tomatoes and Feta and serve as a salad. This recipe would be low-glycemic and good for the South Beach Diet Phase Two with portion control.
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