Three Layer Mediterranean Hummus Dip
If you could travel to any country right now where would it be?
I can easily think of at least ten that I’m dying to visit but I think I’d be happy almost anywhere in Europe along the Mediterranean coast. The little taste we got from our trip to Cassis was enough to make me fall in love.
The colorful buildings, the turquoise water, the fresh and flavorful FOOD. If there’s any cuisine that knows how to make healthy food taste incredible, it’s Mediterranean.
I thought about persuading Brandon to take me since he’ll be traveling to Germany and Belgium this summer but ultimately I decided it’s best to just stay home with Coco. It took us almost six months to nurse her back to good health after leaving her the last time so I don’t want to risk it again. I swear, sometimes I think having an infant would actually be easier than a 13-year old, 60-pound mutt! But she’s worth it. There’s nothing quite like a dog’s love.
Hopefully I’ll get back to the Mediterranean Sea one day but in the meantime, I plan to make the most of it by enjoying the flavors from the comfort of home. Whether it be from Quinoa Casserole, Stuffed Peppers, or a quick and easy Three Layer Dip.
So, about those layers. The picture above might look familiar to those of you who have had tzatziki because that’s basically all it is. Diced cucumber tossed with Greek yogurt, fresh dill, minced garlic and a touch of lemon juice.
It’s good enough to eat on it’s own but I layered it on top of hummus and then topped it off with diced olives, artichokes, red pepper, tomato and a little bit of fresh dill.
The whole thing comes together in less than 10 minutes and it looks pretty too which makes it perfect for a last minute appetizer to serve for guests.
And if you or your friends are eating a gluten-free diet, you can pair it with fresh veggies and Blue Diamond’s Almond Nut Thins for dipping. The Nut Thins are light and crispy and they go great with the creamy texture of the dip!
Also optional (but recommended) is serving it with a crisp white wine like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. The tangy flavors pair really well with a slightly acidic and fruity wine.
All together it makes for a cool and refreshing option to complement a warm summer day. Cheers to summertime, friends!
Three Layer Mediterranean Hummus Dip
Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15
Total Time: 15
- 16 ounces hummus
- 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
- 1 small cucumber, peeled and diced
- juice 1/2 lemon
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon fresh dill, divided
- 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
- 1 tomato, finely chopped
- 4 ounces artichoke hearts, finely chopped
- 4 ounces pitted olives, finely chopped
- serving suggestions: Blue Diamond Almond Nut-Thins, carrots, tomatoes, sliced bell pepper
Start by layering the hummus across the bottom of a large (approximately 9-inch) bowl or serving platter then set aside.
In a separate small bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, diced cucumber, minced garlic and lemon juice. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of the fresh dill and stir together. Then layer it on top of the middle of the hummus.
Finish by topping with diced red bell pepper, tomato, artichoke hearts and olives then sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of fresh dill. Serve immediately and enjoy!
This dip is best served within a few hours of assembling due the watery nature of the cucumber.
Did you try this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out by leaving a comment below or sharing a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #makingthymeforhealth. I love hearing your feedback!
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This looks awesome! I love Mediterranean flavored and this looks to die for. Pinning! :)
The travel bug has hit me pretty hard the last month. It’s just impossible for us right now. I’m hoping and praying to go on a legit vacation in 2016! That hummus layer dip though…that looks so fresh and tasty! It almost looks too pretty to eat — almost…
This hummus layer dip looks absolutely amazing, Sarah. It looks very summery and perfect for a summer party appetizer ;-)
What a beautiful dish!!
I love, love, love Mediterranean flavors! And hummus is one of my favorite snacks. I love how you jazzed it up in this dish. I think Justin would approve too! :)
Oh man, I would eat all of this in about 10 minutes. So good! I don’t know what Brandon does for a living, but his job takes him to some awesome places. Still daydreaming about your Switzerland pics. I would love to get to Europe sometime soon, but we’ll see!
Mmmm! This dip looks amazing and I absolutely LOVE Nut Thins – My favorite crackers! I would say the benefit to an infant is that you could easily fly them to Europe with you… but it is easier to leave a pup at home when you want to go out and have some adult time ;)
Your timing with your posts is spot on (i.e. posting about big sur the weekend before I drive through it). I’m making a mediterreanean feast for my parents’ birthdays this weekend, and I have been hunting around for some fun dip recipes!
Holy yum, I love hummus and anything Mediterranean! We definitely share a love of Europe my friend :)
I can’t wait for the day I can eat this with a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc! And I’m right there with ya – I am dying to visit the Mediterranean coast!
Ohhh man you have made me hungry for lunch! And also wanting to travel to the Mediterranean ;) These are all of my fav toppings, but I would have never thought to combine tzatziki and hummus! Genius.
I was just thinking of making a dip very similar to this, haha! Great hummus minds think alike! I would definitely want to take a trip to somewhere in the Mediterranean too! And I would fully expect to come home 20 pounds heavier! Also, I think a glass of cold white wine with this delicious dip is a must :) I hope you have a great weekend, Sarah!
I have a serious Hummus addiction, and real love for Mediterranean food. There’s just something about all of the vibrant colours and fresh flavours they use in the Med! Nothing beats it. This hummus looks so delicious Sarah, and I love the sound of those Almond Crackers too! What a perfect dip!
Oh yesss…. Coco missed you two on your trip. It is so hard on our animals when we travel…. I get it. I think they are more sensitive then we realize, especially when they get older because they have established routines. Six months back to health sounds about what we dealt with for our dearly departed Claire Cat. Ohhh I know. But appreciate it now, for you will travel again, one day.
This dip, hands down, has got to be a favorite Summer dip! Wow! The flavors, textures and layers have me drooling, Sarah! What a fabulous combination… with a glass of wine, of course! Thank you for this, Sarah and cheers to you!
This tip looks so gorgeous and flavorful too! We are currently debating fall travel destinations. I have been to Cassis too – it is incredible – but now you have me wanting to head back to the Mediterranean.
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So seriously, any time you want to go on a travel-y trip, you hit this girl up, cause I am aaaaaching for travel partners!!! I’ll even help arrange finding a marvelous mutt-sitter so that the hubs can join, too.
…and seeing this dip is making me want to go to the Meditteranean like whoa..and just wear sarongs all the time. I need to tap into this immediately. :D
And by Meditteranean, I mean Mediterranean…oops ;)
That is mighty tempting!! Although I’d be happy just traveling to come see you. :)
DROOOOOLLLL!!!! Hummus + GiGi = quite the love affair!
LOL- thanks Gigi! :)
This dip is such a great idea!!!
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