Filed Under: Appetizer | Easy | Snack

Skinny Feta Dip

Recipe By Tessa Arias
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April 28th, 2014

Skinny Feta Dip is light yet creamy and filled with savory cheesy flavors. It's perfect alongside veggies or chips and won't last long at your next party!

Yield: 2 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

TASTE: Creamy, tangy, slightly sour, slightly salty, and fresh. I love how the lemon cuts through the richness of the dairy ingredients, even though they’re all low-fat.
TEXTURE: Thick and creamy. You’d never guess this is a skinny recipe.
EASE: Super easy, though you will have to lug out your food processor.
APPEARANCE: Garnish with a little parsley and serve with chips and colorful veggies and this will stand out on any snack table.
PROS: Fresh, “skinny,” easy, flavorful, perfect for spring and summer parties and BBQs.
CONS: None.
WOULD I MAKE THIS AGAIN? Yes! Though to be perfectly honest I don’t make dips very frequently. I’m glad to have this one in my recipe repertoire now!

Skinny Feta Dip is light yet creamy and filled with savory cheesy flavors. It’s perfect alongside veggies or chips and won’t last long at your next party!
Skinny Feta Dip

I visit the grocery store A LOT. Like, at least 3 times a week. At least. I’m always developing and testing out new recipes and one trip a week is never close to enough, sadly. I like to go early in the morning or later at night, especially on weekdays, to avoid crowds and lines. There are so many minor things that can go wrong while getting groceries that really aren’t a big deal but feel like the worst thing ever. Here are some examples:

-The stores is out of stock of a key ingredient you need to make a recipe and now you’ll have to make another trip to a different store. OR you forgot something and realize it when you get home and are unloading. WHY grocery gods?!
-There are so many people crammed in every aisle shuffling along that you literally can’t move and start feeling claustrophobic and want to abandon your cart and run away.
-You get stuck in line behind an extreme couponer who took 15 minutes of your life away to buy a bunch of junk food for dirt cheap. They should have a special lane for those people.
-The cashier ringing you up doesn’t know the difference between garlic and ginger or between artichokes and asparagus. True stories. Then you spend the rest of your day worrying about the state of food, eating, and nutrition in the country.
-The cashier coughs and sneezes all over your food. Blahhhh.
-When this is your conversation with the cashier: “How’s your day going?”-Cashier. “Good, how about yours?”-You. “Well it’ll be a lot better when my shift is over.”-Cashier. “Oh eh haha.”-You, because what are you supposed to say to that? Sorry?

Anyways. Please tell me you can relate to some of those examples. Obviously they’re very much first-world problems and I feel lucky that some days those are the most annoying things I encounter. As someone who is basically a professional grocery shopper, this is my sad life. Plus, I can always empathize with the employees because my first job was as a cashier on the grocery side of a Super Target. It’s just rough for everyone involved but hey, at least we don’t have to hunt and gather our own food right?

Should we talk about this skinny feta dip now? It’s practically guilt-free, especially if you have it with veggies instead of chips. Who are we kidding, though? Dip + chips = heaven. It takes just a few minutes to come together, the food processor does all the work. Pop it in the fridge for at least an hour to really let the flavors meld together then you’re good to go! You can also make it up to 2 days ahead of time.

Skinny Feta Dip

How to make
Skinny Feta Dip

Yield: 2 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Time 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Skinny Feta Dip is light yet creamy and filled with savory cheesy flavors. It's perfect alongside veggies or chips and won't last long at your next party!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 1% lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup lowfat sour cream
  • 1 cup feta cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions

  1. In the work bowl of a food processor, process the cottage cheese and water for 30 seconds, until smooth. Add the sour cream, feta, oil, lemon juice, garlic clove, cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper and process for 30 seconds, until combined. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the parsley. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, so the flavors can blend together. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if necessary before serving. The dip can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Season with additional salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste before serving.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 28, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Oh my gosh – I feel you on the grocery store trips! I’m there at LEAST 3 times a week….the produce guys asked me if I lived there the other day haha!
    I adore feta cheese…and anything skinny. Excuse me while I nix the veggies and chips and just faceplant into this! Pinned

  2. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — April 28, 2014 at 4:36 am

    That dip looks awesome!

  3. #
    Amanda — April 28, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Always looking for a new dip and this looks perfect! 🙂

  4. #
    Gaby — April 28, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I could snack on this all day long! So delicious!

  5. #
    Claire Gallam — April 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

    This looks SO delicious Tessa!!!

  6. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — April 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Haha I hear ya! I feel like I’m constantly going back and forth between my house and about three other grocery stores daily! Multiple trips to the store would be worth it for this dip though, it looks SO good!

  7. #
    Jaclyn — April 28, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Yes and yes! I adore feta, this sounds amazing!

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