Mediterranean 7 Layer Dip

Mediterranean 7 Layer Dip - Healthy Appetizer Party Recipe

Gotta be honest here, I’m a little burned out. It’s been a long, busy, wonderful year, and it’s finally caught up with me. I’m in Lake Arrowhead for a little weekend escape with my family. The elevation level is high, the air is kind of thin, and I find myself yawning more than usual. I’m feeling a severe lack of motivation to do anything except sled down mountains with my stepdaughter and vegetate in front of the hotel pay-per-view. You understand, right?

So you’ll be cool if I just share this recipe without a lot of history or storytelling or hoopla… right? It is what it is– a Mediterranean 7 Layer Dip. For those of you who don’t know traditional 7 Layer Dip, it’s a popular American Tex Mex appetizer that typically includes refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, grated cheese, black olives and lettuce or sliced jalapenos. I really like Mexican-style 7 Layer Dip, but a few months ago I wanted to experiment with my own Mediterranean-inspired version. The recipe that appears here combines some of my very favorite mezze into seven layers of deliciousness. Hummus, labaneh or Greek yogurt, an Israeli salad layer, some green Greek olives, tahini sauce (recipe here) and crumbled feta with chopped herbs on top. Dip baked pita chips into it – you can learn to make them here. Get ready to swoon! The best part? It’s way healthier than guacamole, shredded cheddar and refried beans. I’m not knocking the Mexican stuff, as I said I love it, but this is definitely a lighter option that does not sacrifice on flavor.

A few quick notes– make sure you use a good quality hummus. I recommend making your own, or at the very least visiting your local falafel joint to purchase some creamy, quality hummus. The store bought kind doesn’t usually cut it in terms of flavor, though of course if you have a favorite brand feel free to use it. Labaneh can be purchased at pretty much any Middle Eastern market. I don’t usually single out brands, but if you happen to come across Tnuva labaneh from Israel, buy a whole cart full because it’s the most delicious thing ever. Greek yogurt makes a fine substitute, labaneh is just a bit creamier and more luscious. Buy a block of feta rather than the pre-crumbled variety, it will taste better. Also, this dip is gluten free on its own, so you can serve it with gluten free crackers if you want to keep it GF.

Take this to your New Years party and prepare to be the most popular person in the room. You’re welcome!

Note: Since posting this I have reduced the amount of labaneh (Greek yogurt) in the recipe to produce a thinner layer on top of the hummus, which allows for better dip distribution on each chip. Yes, I am a perfectionist. Don’t judge. ;)

Mediterranean 7 Layer Dip - Healthy Appetizer Party Recipe

Mediterranean 7 Layer Dip

Salad Layer Ingredients

  • 4 Persian cucumbers, seeded and diced small
  • 4 tomatoes, seeded and diced small
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Dip Ingredients

  • 3 cups hummus - recipe here, or you can purchase a good quality hummus
  • 1 1/2 cups labneh (strained yogurt cheese- thick, not liquid) or Greek yogurt, or a combination of the two
  • 1 cup pitted green greek olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup tahini - recipe here
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta (block feta preferred rather than pre-crumbled)
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley or basil, roughly chopped

You will also need

  • Mixing bowls, colander, 2 qt glass baking or serving dish
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Servings: 18
Kosher Key: Dairy
  • To make salad layer, combine diced cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley and salt in a small mixing bowl. Toss to combine, then transfer to a colander and allow the excess liquid to drain while you prepare the other ingredients (slicing, chopping, etc.). Let the salad stand and drain for at least 30 minutes.
  • Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip - Healthy Appetizer Party RecipeWhen the salad is fully drained, spread the 3 cups of hummus evenly into the bottom of your serving dish.
  • Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip - Healthy Appetizer Party RecipeNext, evenly spread the labneh or Greek yogurt over the top of the hummus.
  • Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip - Healthy Party Appetizer RecipeStir the cucumber salad in the colander to make sure all liquid is thoroughly drained.
  • Pile your drained salad mixture on top of the labneh/Greek yogurt.
  • Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip - Healthy Party Appetizer RecipeThen layer on the sliced olives.
  • Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip - Healthy Party Appetizer RecipeDrizzle with the tahini.
  • Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip - Healthy Party Appetizer RecipeSprinkle with the feta.
  • Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip - Healthy Party Appetizer RecipeAnd finally, just before serving, sprinkle on your fresh lemon juice and chopped parsley or basil. This dip is great with pita chips!
  • Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip - Healthy Appetizer Party Recipe

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  1. Awwww honey, of course we understand. I think I can speak freely for everyone who visits your site.

    As the year closes down, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, dear heart, for all you do & all the work you put forth in sharing your recipes & wisdom with the rest of us. You are faithful to your work on this blog & elsewhere… and that fact is not lost on me nor many others. You are a sweetheart & may 2014 be a year of blessings for you & all those you love.

    Most sincerely~ Andrea
    XOXOXO

    1. Exactly, Andrea!

      Happy New Year Tori Avey (and I can’t wait to make this dip)!! You have one lucky family!!!

  2. This Recipe has been “stalking” me – everywhere I go, I see a link to it, and I want to have some sooooo bad!! Will be a bit of a scavenger hunt going hither and yon to pick up the ingredients because most of them are NOT in my immediate location, but there are several Middle Eastern oriented grocers in the big town next door. Yayy!

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    Yum! This looks so delicious and easy to make. We are absolute fiends for Mediterranean food, so I cannot waitto try this recipe out. Thank you for sharing!

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    Dear Tory, may you have a good 2014 – with good health and peace of mind. Thanks so much for your wonderful recipes – always quote you and have learned so much. I am going to try the 7 layer salad – sounds and looks fabulous.

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    What a clever idea! This is definitely on my ‘make soon’ list. This dip would be great with socca instead of pita chips for those of us who cannot eat gluten. I like David Lebovitz’s recipe. For anyone out there–like me–who gets sticker-shock from supermarket feta, middle eastern markets sell big white plastic boxes of Bulgarian feta for a fraction of the price, and it is delicious. They will also have a good price on pitted green olives. My local market is Afghan.

    1. Leta- yes! Also the Israeli block feta available in many Middle Eastern markets tends to be reasonable, and it’s some of the best I’ve ever had– so creamy!

  6. I made this last night and it tasted very good however I would put it on a platter because it was a too much in a bowl. Maybe it would have been different for a bigger crowd. I loved the flavors together but a little goes a long way because it does end up with an intense flavor.

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    I made this yesterday, everyone loved it! I built my layers on rectangular serving plates and made two arrangements. So delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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