Skinny Dipping: Individual 7-Layer Mediterranean Dip

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Love Greek salad?  Hummus?  Need a fresh way to enjoy summer tomatoes, cucumbers and red peppers?  Look no further!  You don’t usually think low-cal, healthy when thinking of dips but this knock-out gorgeous dip really is!  To make it, layer your favorite hummus in the bottom of a pretty glass.  Top with all the fixins’ of Greek salad:  diced cucumber, sliced Kalamata olives, chopped roasted red peppers, crumbled feta and a handful of quartered cherry heirloom tomatoes and diced red onion. Let the tomatoes drain a bit before assembly to reduce their moisture content.   I added different toppings to mine:  fresh oregano leaves, toasted pine nuts, diced avocado, a few turns of the pepper mill.  I offered lemon wedges on the side.  I served mine with grilled sourdough bread that we brushed with olive oil on both sides, then toasted over a hot grill for about a minute and a half, turning often.  Finish it with a sprinkle of sea salt and cut into triangles.   I found it handled the weight of the dip ingredients better than pita.  This dip is so easy, you don’t need a recipe. Dig in!  Clothing optional. 

The prep: I used ready made hummus but roasted my own red peppers over hot coals and marinated them overnight in a bit of olive oil, fresh thyme, sea salt and ground pepper.

The prep: I used ready made hummus but roasted my own red peppers over hot coals and marinated them overnight in a bit of olive oil, fresh thyme, minced garlic, sea salt and ground pepper.

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31 thoughts on “Skinny Dipping: Individual 7-Layer Mediterranean Dip

    • Me too Jenna! Desserts, appetizers: they can get a dose of flair in individual portions. Presentation is everything to me and I suspect it’s in your genes too, creative you!

      Johanne Lamarche

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  1. Beautiful Johanne, love all those cut up veggies, definitely drawing a palette of colors and flavors I’m sure. I first saw the individual martini glasses when Bert had his retirement party. They had great mashed potato with a tray full of toppings that you could choose from. Lovely outdoor shots!

    • Thanks Loretta! Good way to use up all that wonderful produce you bring home from Goodstays! I make a nice crab/avocado/mango layered salad in those martini glasses too. They have nice sturdy stems. Fun to eat!

      Johanne Lamarche

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  2. I had to laugh when I read “Skinny dipping” – way back when I was in junior high? the older kids went skinny dipping in the so-called “gravel pit”. That was the thing to do I vaguely recall. No, I never went skinny dipping 🙂 🙂 I do love your dip – great way to use summer produce.

    • I guess you will keep your clothes on then! I loved my sassy closing line. Hope readers connected it to the title 😱. Skinny dipping is SO overrated, especially at this age!!!!!!!

      Johanne Lamarche

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      • Of course we do – I think it’s a good thing to remember the past. My two sisters and I recently sat down and read letters from my Dad to his parents when he attended Notre Dame at age 18 and believe me we rolled our eyes. Dad? But we had some good laughs and realized he was young once too 🙂

      • Just the concept of writing a letter as an 18 yr old! How wonderful to have them to look back on. Is your dad still living? Do you have letters you girls wrote to your dad when in college? When I look at photos of people I have a similar reaction. I am now at my mom’s age when I got married. Of course I think I am still young and she was already, well my mom, when I married. But she looks so young in those photos and I’m not sure I am againg quite as gracefully!!!!

        Johanne Lamarche

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      • No, unfortunately he passed away at a young age of 65. No, my parents did not keep any – not so sure I would want to read them 🙂 His war letters were even better!!! Your mom is beautiful and does not look her age – I have an aunt who is in her 80’s and looks great! You’re beautiful too Johanne – we are in our own way I think. I quit dying my hair so I know I look older 🙂

      • Thanks Judi. If I have even half my mother’s energy and health in my 80s I’ll be thrilled. Everyday is a gift right? And I read in my AARP magazine this week that doing creative things staves off dementia. More blogging ahead!!!!!

        Johanne Lamarche

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