Easy Mediterranean Dip

This delightful summer appetizer is perfect for any occasion. This is such a quick and easy appetizer that everyone will be sure to love…or even if you are snackin’ alone. The best part about this is that it’s healthier than most delicious dips.  Your guests will be surprised when they go in to dip because there is a hidden layer of the seasoned cream cheese on the bottom, that pairs so well with the hummus. You can serve this dip with a pita chips, or you can also bake your own. So dip in to this recipe!
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Easy Mediterranean Dip

Easy Mediterranean Dip

This healthy 2 layer dip is loaded with fresh Mediterranean flavors!

Ingredients

1 8 ounce package of whipped cream cheese (this makes it fluffy, you can also use regular or reduced fat cream cheese)

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp Italian Seasoning

2 cloves of garlic; minced

1 1/2-2 Cups of prepared hummus (I used Trader Joe's Mediterranean Hummus because its my favorite)

1 cup cucumber; chopped

1/2 cup Kalamata olives; chopped

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup tomatoes; chopped

1/4 cup green onions; sliced

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, and garlic and mix with an electric mixer until combined.
  2. Spread the cream cheese mixture on a serving dish/platter evenly with a spatula. Spread the hummus on top of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle the cucumbers, olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, and green onions on top. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving, then serve with pita chips and/or fresh veggies!
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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Pasta Salads are always a good idea and they are my go-to dishes! They are simply so easy to make and everyone loves them. You can also dress them up (or down) in so many ways. This time I tried a light refreshing style pasta salad and added a Mediterranean twist to it. You can snack on this or eat is as a meal..Occasionally I add grilled chicken to this too!

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad Auto

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Auto

Light and zesty pasta salad with a crunch of fresh goodness in every bite

Ingredients

1 pound of Rotelle pasta (wheel shapped pasta)

1 can of artichoke hearts; drained and chopped

1/2 cup kalamata olives; sliced

1/4 cup Italian salad dressing

1/2 cup pesto

1/2 cup feta cheese; crumbled

1/3 cup cherry tomatoes; sliced in half

1/2 cup corn

3 Tbsp green onions; thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Once the water starts to boil, add pasta and cook according to its boxed directions. Once pasta is cooked, drain, and let cool.
  2. Once pasta is cooled, add to a large mixing bowl and stir on, italian dressing, pesto until pasta is completely covered in dressings.
  3. Add in olives, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, tomatoes, corn, and green onions. Mix until everything is combined then garnish with more green onions. Let sit for about 20 minutes (this will make all of the flavors come together). Best when enjoyed cold.
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Mediterranean Greek Salad

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Yield: 8

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups whole grain pearl couscous
1/2 cup red quinoa
4 cups chicken broth
1 large cucumber; peeled and chopped (remove seeds)
3 tomatoes; chopped (remove seeds)
3 green onions; chopped
2 cups spinach; chopped
2 lemons
1 tbsp olive oil
Black pepper
1 tbsp fresh dill
1/2 cup feta cheese

Steps:
1. In a large pot, boil chicken broth and add couscous and quinoa. The quinoa and couscous will absorb the chicken broth so stir consistently.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add chopped cucumbers, green onions, spinach, and tomatoes. In a small bowl, squeeze the juice from lemons, add olive oil, pepper, and dill. Whisk with fork and put in fridge.

3. Once couscous is ready, let cool for 20 minutes. Add to large bowl and add in dressing. Lastly, add in feta cheese. It is best when served cold so put in fridge for another 20 minutes.