Recipe: Whipped Feta Dip

updated Feb 3, 2020
Whipped Feta Dip
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I don’t remember when I first heard about whipped feta. It crept into my culinary consciousness, thanks perhaps to Gaby, or Jessica, or Ina herself. I wish I could remember; I really ought to thank whoever it was first turned me on to this snap-easy dip, tangy and creamy and ready for spring vegetable dipping.

(Image credit: Alexis Buryk)

A homemade dip is a smart thing to make at the beginning of the week and put away in the refrigerator. I carry little cups of dip to my desk and use them as an excuse to eat piles of cucumber slices and snap peas. The right dip, like this one, is also a lovely sandwich spread, and delicious scraped over toast with a slice of tomato on top.

But this whipped and creamy feta dip really shines as a party appetizer. It’s so incredibly easy (blend feta and cream cheese — add more flavorings, if desired, or not). It’s good served with everything from pita chips to sliced vegetables. I like to serve it in a Mediterranean trio with hummus and baba ghanoush. It can be made several days ahead and served at your leisure, which is the final and most important mark of a good appetizer. This is creamy and tangy and tasty — what more do you want at a party, or during your afternoon Snack Hour?

Whipped Feta Dip

Serves4 to 6

Nutritional Info


  • 8 ounces

    feta cheese, softened at room temperature for 1 hour

  • 4 ounces

    cream cheese, softened at room temperature for 1 hour

  • 1 to 3 tablespoons


  • 1

    lemon, zested

  • 1/4 cup

    finely chopped chives

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    salt, plus more to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, to garnish

  • Ground sumac or cayenne, to garnish


  1. Blend the feta cheese in a small food processor until it breaks up. Add the cream cheese and continue blending for 4 to 5 minutes, adding milk if necessary to keep the mixture smooth.

  2. When the cheese is whipped and and very smooth add the lemon zest, chives, salt, and a generous quantity of black pepper. Blend to combine then transfer to a serving dish and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Dust lightly with ground sumac or cayenne, if desired.

  3. Serve with chopped vegetables, pita chips, or or toasted baguette.