Olympic 7-Layer Greek Dip

7 layer greek dipIt’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

Grilled veggies greek dip

 

 

To Make:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

To Assemble:

In a clear glass bowl, begin to layer ingredients from bottom to top in this order:

  • Hummus
  • Olives
  • Yogurt/cucumber mixture
  • Quinoa
  • 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!

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Olympic 7-Layer Greek Dip

Kelly Pugliano is a wife, mom to a soon-to-be-college student and one-not- far- behind, freelance writer, photographer and a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking and baking through photographs good enough to eat. Seeming to be a permanent fixture in her Upstate NY kitchen, you will often find her creating tried & true recipes from family archives or testing out new delights found by reading countless cooking magazines, watching Food Network or scouring Pinterest. If not behind the ... More

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2 comments

  1. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    I love eggplants!

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