Tuesday, May 15, 2012

7-Layer Mediterranean Dip

I know I said that I would aspire to make any recipes that I post ahead of time but I have yet to try this 7-layer dip, which could also pass as a very hearty salad.  My niece and I are the only ones who like this sort of stuff so I haven’t gotten a chance to make it. 

Use whatever dish makes you happy...
 I saw this recipe on Circle B Kitchen and I think you'll just love it.  If there's something in it you don't care for (cough*olives*cough) then try something else like roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, cannellini  beans and any number of veggies. 

Yes, it’s a play on the Mexican seven layer dip – but Mediterranean style - with layers of hummus, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onion and feta cheese. 

You could pair this with pita chips (see recipe below, Stage 2 only please) but you could also heap it on a plate and enjoy on its own.

Print this recipe:  7-Layer Mediterranean Dip

7-Layer Mediterranean Dip
Serves 8 as an appetizer

1 1/2 cups hummus

3/4 cup peeled and diced cucumbers

3/4 cup shredded romaine lettuce

3/4 cup diced red onions

3/4 cup diced tomatoes

1/2 cup diced kalamata olives

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

pita chips, for dipping (see Note)

In a 9-by-13 baking dish, spread the hummus in an even layer. Add layers in the following order: cucumber, romaine, onions, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. Serve with pita chips.

PITA CHIPS: If you want to make your own pita chips, brush 8 pita rounds with a little olive oil and cut into 8 triangles each.   Sprinkle with a little cumin, paprika, salt and pepper, and bake in a 375° oven until golden, about 10-15 minutes. 

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