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Greek Salad Layered Dip Recipe is a fresh healthy appetizer made with lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives and Greek yogurt. Serve with pita chips or celery sticks. | ifoodreal.com

I do not find clean eating hard, I love it! The hardest part about it is socializing. To be specific, a lack of healthy options available when I’m not at home. With summer here, I get a panic attack every time we are invited to a BBQ party. I have a vivid picture of the table in front of my eyes – simple carbs, simple carbs and more simple carbs. I’m not crazy or disrespectful, I just work too hard for my body and health is important to me. Plus, I do not enjoy “regular” food any more. It’s one thing to have to eat unhealthy food. The worst part is not to enjoy what you just ate.

Greek Salad Layered Dip Recipe is a fresh healthy appetizer made with lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives and Greek yogurt. Serve with pita chips or celery sticks. | ifoodreal.com

My strategy is to eat at home right before leaving and pack a lunch bag with an ice pack and my protein bars. Lately it has been Almond Crunch Protein Bars. I also bring a jug of my Vega to some places. I sip on club soda and tea. Usually this works and I end up having a great time. Parties are not only about food. At the end of the day, it’s about having a good time with people you love.

Now, I might be bringing this Greek Salad Layered Dip with me as well. This 7 Layer Dip is a great option too.

Greek Salad Layered Dip Recipe is a fresh healthy appetizer made with lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives and Greek yogurt. Serve with pita chips or celery sticks. | ifoodreal.com

Last weekend, we decided to spend a day at the beach. I mentally planned our whole menu and realized the only thing I was missing was vegetables. I thought it would be nice to have a salad at the beach. Wait, how about the Greek Salad in a form of a dip?! The boys dip the chips and I dig in with a spoon. Bingo!

The idea worked like a charm. Actually everyone ended up scooping the dip with a spoon in between the chip dunks. It was delicious! A layer of Greek yogurt adds creaminess and an extra protein boost. Feta cheese, dried oregano and fresh parsley make this dip a true Greek food.

Greek Salad Layered Dip Recipe is a fresh healthy appetizer made with lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives and Greek yogurt. Serve with pita chips or celery sticks. | ifoodreal.com

The key is to dice the vegetables. Chop really finely, almost minced. That way the chip won’t break as you try to scoop some dip with it. Any whole grain chips would be great. For a low carb version serve with celery sticks.

If you are preparing a Greek Salad Layered Dip in advance, I recommend to seed the tomatoes and cucumber to prevent the juices from accumulating on the bottom. Simply refrigerate for up to 24 hours. I have a plastic lid that goes on top of this container, similar to this one. Very handy for transporting the dip. One more thing, I found the dip tasting much better with Kalamata olives than with black olives. Also I wouldn’t substitute parsley for dill or basil. Happy healthy eating!

Greek Salad Layered Dip

Greek Salad Layered Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 large tomatoes, diced*
  • 1/2 long English cucumber, diced*
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled & divided
  • 1 + 1/2 tbsp oregano, dried & divided
  • 3/4 cup parsley, finely chopped & divided
  • 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt, plain
  • 2 cups Romaine lettuce, finely shredded & packed
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted & sliced*
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced

Directions

  1. In a 8" x 11" baking dish or any large serving platter, spread tomatoes on the bottom. Top with cucumber, red onion and bell pepper spreading evenly. Sprinkle with black pepper, 1/2 cup feta cheese, 1 tbsp oregano and 1/2 cup parsley. Using a spatula, spread a layer of Greek yogurt on top. Make a layer of Romaine lettuce. Top with remaining 1/2 cup feta cheese, olives, red bell pepper, 1/2 tbsp oregano and 1/4 cup parsley. Serve cold with any healthy whole grain chips or crackers.
  2. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Notes

If you are preparing the dip in advance, I recommend to seed the tomatoes and cucumber to prevent the juices from accumulating on the bottom. Simply refrigerate for up to 24 hours. I have a plastic lid that goes on top of this Glasslock container, very handy for transporting the dip. I found using Kalamata olives plays a big role in the taste of this dip. I tried it with black olives and the dip didn't taste as good.

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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 16

Amount Per Serving = 1/2 cup:
Calories: 48.0
Total Fat: 2.7 g
Cholesterol: 8.3 mg
Sodium: 144.1 mg
Total Carbs: 2.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.5 g
Protein: 3.2 g
WW Points+: 1

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8 Comments

  1. Michelle

    It’s recipes like this that make me love your blog. This is right up my alley. I’m like you- dip with vegetables. I love to cut really crunchy cabbage into big triangles– I use them for dips, guac, have even made nachos on them 🙂

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  2. Holly @ Freshly Cut Kitchen

    That recipe looks delicious! I am totally with you on just simply not enjoying a lot of foods you find at parties and picnics. I hate feeling picky and not wanting to eat it, but I hate eating something I don’t enjoy even more so. I like your strategy! I typically try to bring a healthy dish so I know there is at least ONE thing I will enjoy. Thanks for this delicious dip recipe!

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    • Olena

      Absolutely. And I do not feel guilty or ashamed of saying NO to party food. I’m not insulting the host or anyone who prepared that food (I get that question from my readers A LOT!). I’m taking care of my health and setting a good example for friends and my kids! This behaviour should be praised and inspirational! I always praise and admire people I meet who look after themselves!

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  3. Katya @ Little Broken

    Olena: your blog and recipes look great! You have some great blogging tips for beginner bloggers like myself 🙂 You should continue doing your monthly report.

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  4. Anna

    I made this for a party last weekend and it was great!! I definitely plan to make it again. I live on South Beach and this will be an awesome healthy recipe for the summer! Next time I think I’m going to make a second layer of Greek yogurt and maybe mix in the feta and herbs with the yogurt, just to make it creamier and more dip-like. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Olena

      That sounds really good and you are so welcome. I’m sure living in South Beach all you wanna eat right now is cold food.:)

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