Lemon Feta Dip | A Nutritionist Eats

If we have met in real life, there is about a 95% chance that we’ve eaten cheese together.

If we have never met in real life, there is about a 95% chance that if we were to meet, we would eat cheese together.

Why? Because it’s kind of my thing. Friends know that if they come over, they can always count on a good cheese plate.

Family knows that at a get-together, you can find me at the cheese plate.

Lemon Feta Dip | A Nutritionist Eats

I think it’s in my blood. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, fondly known as America’s Dairyland, and I grew up drinking milk, eating yogurt and snacking on┬ácheese and crackers on a daily basis. Oh, and playing on dairy farms. Just like my mom, it would be a bad day if my fridge had less than three varieties of cheese at any given time. (And parmesan doesn’t count, that is a staple food, not an “eating” cheese.)

It’s why there is no shortage of cheese┬átalk on this site. And I promise that I’ll never go dairy-free on you. You can count on that. (I do love some almond or coconut milk, but when it comes to half & half, yogurt and cheese, it’s real dairy all the way.)

Lemon Feta Dip | A Nutritionist Eats

This lemon feta dip is a variation on one of my favorites, Roasted Red Pepper Feta Dip. It’s made in a similar way, but with a totally different flavor profile. While the roasted red peppers mellow out the feta in the Roasted Red Pepper Feta Dip, the lemon brings out the pungent feta flavor in this version. It’s quite tasty.

In addition to the flavorsome feta and lemon, garlic and red pepper flakes give the dip a nice bite. The chives are totally optional, but give it nice color and fresh flavor, so I recommend them.

Serve this Lemon Feta Dip with pita chips and some kalamata olives or add it to your favorite sandwich.

Lemon Feta Dip

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: blender appetizer sandwich snack gluten-free vegetarian cheese Greek spring summer fall

Ingredients (about 2 cups)

  • 8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 8 oz block of feta cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • garnish: minced chives, red pepper flakes, olive oil

Instructions

Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil over low heat in a small pan. Add minced garlic and heat until garlic starts to sizzle, about 2 minutes. (Careful not to burn the garlic!)

Remove from heat and add red pepper flakes to oil.

In a processor, pulse together cream cheese and feta cheese.

Add the remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil, juice and zest from lemon and garlic oil to processor and pulse again until combined.

Spread onto a plate or bowl and top with garnishes if desired.

Serve with pita crackers and kalamata olives.

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16 Comments (Reply )

  1. allie@sweetpotatobites
    May 27, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    Feta is one of my favorite cheeses but I’ve never made it as a dip before! Totally trying this :)

    Reply

    • Emily
      May 27, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

      You would definitely be a fan! You should try the roasted red pepper feta dip too!

      Reply

  2. Mercedes
    May 27, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    I am in charge of bringing an appetizer to a dinner party on Friday and now I know exactly what I will make! I can’t imagine how great this would be smeared on a bagel too……

    Reply

    • Emily
      May 27, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

      Oh my gosh, we had bagels at work this morning too!!! Good idea!

      Reply

  3. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    May 28, 2014 @ 10:32 am

    You definitely speak my language, Emily!

    Reply

    • Emily
      May 28, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

      The cheese language?! :)

      Reply

  4. Tut
    May 28, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

    OMG, will try it this weekend!

    Just for the record, I have in my fridge today: 9 hunks of cheese, one of which is parmesan, which you’re right, does not count! And three varieties of bleu cheese. xoxo Mom

    Reply

  5. Tut
    May 28, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

    YIkes, I just realized I don’t have any feta!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

    • Emily
      May 28, 2014 @ 7:02 pm

      Better make a trip to Costco!

      Reply

  6. erin
    May 28, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

    I think we need to get together and have this dip during your next visit to MPLS :)

    Reply

    • Emily
      May 28, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

      That sounds perfect. I’m trying to pick out a weekend this summer for a trip, I’ll keep you posted!

      Reply

      • erin
        May 29, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

        YAY! Definitely keep me posted!

        Reply

  7. janetha
    May 29, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

    ohhhh yum! this sounds SO perfect for summertime!

    Reply

  8. Amanda Paa
    May 30, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

    totally pinned this, totally making. i am on a total small bites and dip with wine kick. i swear it’s been my dinner for two of the last three nights.

    Reply

  9. Luv What You Do
    May 30, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

    HAve you ever made grilled feta??? We are obsessed! It is so amazing! After reading your post, I think you’d love it! That being said, I am pinning this immediately because I think WE would LOVE it : ) Great recipe for summer BBQ’s for sure!

    Reply

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