Olympic 7-Layer Greek Dip
It’s time to celebrate another Winter Olympic Games! Every four years, athletes from around the world descend upon a host city to compete at the highest level and we are fortunate to witness greatness. My uncle is an Olympian, having competed in the 4-man bobsled. He has always said that the opening ceremony was an experience he would never forget. Since Greece is the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games, I thought this week we could have a great recipe to kick off the parade of athletes with this 7-layer Greek Dip.
Out of all the cooking magazines on the market, Food Network’s is currently my favorite. It is chock-full of great photos, recipes and articles. The February issue is no exception. When I picked up this latest issue, I saw recipes for layered dips and this one jumped out at me as the perfect snack to have for the Olympic opening ceremonies (Thursday, February 6th!). Of course a few things on the ingredient lists are changed due to working with what I had on hand, but I still got big thumbs up from the family that this dish is quite tasty.
Here is my version of the 7-Layer Greek Dip, adapted from Food Network Magazine.
- ¾ cup roasted red pepper hummus
- 1 small eggplant, cut lengthwise in ½ inch slices
- 1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise in ½ inch slices
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup cucumber, diced small
- 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, divided
- 1/3 cup quinoa, cooked
- 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach, finely chopped
- ¾ cup Feta cheese, crumbled
Toss sliced eggplant and zucchini slices in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook on grill pan over medium-high heat until tender- about 10 minutes
Let cool, then coarsely chop.
Combine yogurt, cucumber, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Set aside.
In separate bowl, combine tomatoes, spinach, remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
In a clear glass bowl, begin to layer ingredients from bottom to top in this order:
- Yogurt/cucumber mixture
- Tomato mixture
- Crumbled Feta Cheese
Serve with pita bread or pita chips.
This dip is also a great topping for baked chicken or to enjoy as a topping on salad.
A healthy and delicious dish to enjoy during the Olympic opening ceremonies!