Greek food is relatively simple to make, but it certainly isn’t boring. What sets Greek cuisine apart from the rest is the masterful use of sauces. Just like any good sauce or dip, Greek dip isn’t center stage, but it compliments the stars of the plate.
Greek dips are also versatile, and you can find a few famous ones across a number of dishes. For example, avgolemono sauce is used across multiple dishes, whereas other dips like tzatziki is an excellent, versatile dip.
Below you’ll find 12 delicious Greek dips you can easily make at home, and are sure to bring some luscious Mediterranean flavors to your next dinner party!
This creamy dip is simple yet satisfying, and is sure to go down a treat. Whipping up cream cheese feta, fresh herbs, Greek yogurt and lemon juice takes just under 15 minutes. In fact, you can make this dip ahead of time and leave it to chill for up to 2 days.
This dip is also refreshing and light, and as well as cream cheese, crumbled feta and Greek yogurt, it also includes pepperoncini peppers.
Perfect for mezze platters, wraps, or famous Greek gyros this classic tzatziki dip is a delicious side to all Mediterranean cuisine, and can even just be enjoyed with pita bread. Plus, this easy dip can be whipped up in just 15 minutes.
To take your tzatziki to the next level, salt the cucumber, so the water is released, and use thick full-fat yogurt. You can even strain the yogurt to thicken it, or you could even mix half crème fraîche and half sour cream to get that yogurt base.
You can also swap out mint for dill, or use both. Either is fine, depending on your preference!
This Greek salad dip is super simple and can be ready in no time! If you’re a fan of Greek salad, why not transform into a dip with some pita chips on the side?
Greek tzatziki is the base for this dip, combined with feta, olives, and onions. This refreshing snack is super quick to whip-up and packed with goodness. It also calls for dairy-free feta and is full of freshly chopped vegetables.
This traditional Greek dip can be made with everyday ingredients and is an easy appetizer to whip for a dinner party – especially if you’re in a hurry! We swear this will be your go-to dinner party dip.
You can serve it with crudités, or an assortment of Greek dips such as eggplant dip or taramasalata, alongside some pitas or crusty bread. You can even use it for salad dressing, in sandwiches, or even with pasta. We also recommend stuffing an avocado with it.
This easy dip can be whipped up quickly with pantry staples, and just one taste will transport you to the Greek islands.
With a stunning green hue, this Greek Goddess dip is fit for Aphrodite and co, with its herby, refreshing flavor.
If you serve this attractive dip around a dinner table with some pita chips or veggies it’s certain to go within seconds.
While it is common to serve Tzatziki with gyros and grilled meats, it works just as well with grilled and roasted veggies, and is an excellent addition to an appetizer spread.
It’s incredibly simple to whip up some tzatziki, but there are some tricks to making it perfectly. For example, make sure to drain the cucumber before combining it with the yogurt, otherwise the dip will become watery. Cucumber is a super wet vegetable, but salting the cucumber is a good way to get rid of the excess moisture, although you may want to do this ahead of time.
But the simplest and most efficient method for draining the cucumber of excess moisture is to gently squeeze the grated cucumber. But the longest you will probably have to wait while making this dip is five minutes to let the tzatziki rest before it’s all mixed together, so the flavors can come together in harmony.
If you’re looking to mix up your dip game with something that can feed a crowd while still being tasty, why not try this Greek layer dip? It’s a fun twist on a traditional seven layer dip, with layers of Greek favorites like feta, hummus, tzatziki and topped with veggies. You can whip it up in under 15 minutes!
Your guests are sure to be wowed by this attractive dip that tastes as good as it looks, and the veggie toppings just take it to the next level.
But you don’t have to just save this dip for your next dinner party. It’s packed with fiber, protein and vitamins, and is an excellent light lunch with chips, crackers, or pita bread. But when you dip some crudités into it, the glycemic index is lowered considerably.
Melitzanosalata is also known as Greek eggplant dip and is a simply delicious vegan dip made of garlic, lemon juice, oil, and – of course – roasted eggplant. It is delicious when spread on toasted bread, and is a great addition to a Greek mezze party.
You can also broil or fry the eggplant for this dip, and Melitzanosalata is a recipe found across a couple of other cuisines too. For example, in English cuisine it is called eggplant caviar, and in France it is called caviar aubergine.
This dip is refreshing, creamy, and – unlike most festive foods – totally healthy!
We recommend enjoying it at a New Year’s Eve buffet particularly, but if eating healthier is a New Year’s Resolution, then this dip would be a great way to kick off a healthy diet! This recipe is also flexible, and you can add as many of your favorite veggies to the dip as you’d like.
You can also whip this dip up in 20 minutes, making it a stress-free addition to your New Year’s Eve buffet table.
It pairs perfectly with veggies and pita bread, and swaps out the traditional cucumber for the leafy green Swiss chard. If you’re not a fan of Swiss chard, you can substitute it for beet greens or spinach. The point of this dip is to showcase leafy greens. Trust us, one dip won’t be enough!
An amazing combination of textures and flavors, this Greek layered hummus dip is sure to wow at your next dinner party.
The ingredients you can easily find at your local convenience store, and besides toasting pine nuts for 5 minutes, this is a no-cook dip. It would be an amazing starter for a dinner party where Greek food is the star, but it can also be served on the side of a main dish. Or, you can slather it on chips, vegetables, pitas, or even Greek kabobs.
It could even be used to coat chicken and veggies on a Greek pita pizza, or you can serve it in a delicious Gyro sandwich.
How Do You Pronounce Tzatziki?
Tzatziki is a delicious dip, but how exactly do you pronounce it? Well, tzatziki is pronounced ‘tsah-see-key,’ and the first syllable is similar to the second syllable in the word ‘pizza.’ We hope that now you can confidently announce you’re making tzatziki dip to your friends the next time you’re hosting a dinner party!
What are Traditional Greek Sauces?
A unique but popular sauce in Greek cuisine is avgolemono, which is an egg and lemon sauce. It is often used in Greek chicken soup, as well as dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), or in stuffed cabbage. Avgolemono is made by beating eggs until they are nice and frothy, before hot breath and lemon juice is added to make it foamy.
Tzatziki is a popular dip, but can also be used as a sauce for dolmades, meat dishes, stuffed peppers and tomatoes, and is also found in gyros. Greek restaurants typically serve homemade tzatziki with bread as an appetizer.
Béchamel sauce is also a key sauce in Greek cuisine, although it originated in France. You can find it in moussaka, a hearty eggplant dish, or pastitso, which is a baked macaroni dish. You can also find it in melitzanes papoutsakia, which is another eggplant dish with plenty of cheese.
What Makes Greek Food Healthy?
Greek cuisine is similar to other Mediterranean cuisines in that it’s hearty and healthy, incorporating lean meat, fish, vegetables, herbs, grains and lots of olive oil. Still, Greek dishes are also quite rich, like traditional moussaka.
From tzatziki to tahini, Greek dip is creamy, refreshing, and oh so delicious! Greek dips can also be whipped up quickly for your next dinner party, and give your dishes a Mediterranean twist.