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Kalamata Olive and Feta Dip with Baked Lemon Pepper Pita Chips for The Lemon Bowl

by Aggies Kitchen on October 14, 2013

Kalamata Olive and Feta Dip with Lemon Pepper Pita Chips | AggiesKitchen.com

It’s all about you today Liz, SURPRISE!!! I am so so excited to share with you this recipe today in honor of my dear friend Liz of The Lemon Bowl and her soon to be baby boy! A group of bloggers and I are getting together to shower Liz with lots of love, well wishes and of course food…food that is themed around Liz’s all time favorite ingredient – lemon. Thanks so much to Rachel, Kristen and Sheila for hosting this for our friend!!

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I connected with Liz sometime last year through our blogs and I’m so glad we did because I can honestly say she is one of my most dearest friends in my life today. We share a lot in common, including a passion for healthy living and cooking. The more I have gotten to know Liz, the more I felt like I’ve known her 20 years – she’s one of those people that is always positive, down to earth and just great to be around. She’s good people. And…the girl can cook!!! I swear every time I ask her what’s she’s having for dinner I basically drop my plan and end up making the same. We are definitely on the same wavelength when it comes to food.

And apparently babies, since Liz’s little boy is due just a short time after my little boy. :) It’s been an absolute pleasure to be “preggo buddies”  the last 9 months. I’m not sure I could have stayed sane without her!

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(Liz and I at Food Blog Forum at Disney earlier this year)

Knowing Liz, and her love of good, healthy food and fresh flavors of the Mediterranean, I put together a dish that I would serve her if she was actually over hanging out with me. This Kalamata Olive and Feta Dip is Greek yogurt based and includes a good pinch of a spice that Liz introduced me to called za’atar. And of course, it has some lemon.

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The pita chips I served it with are baked up with some olive oil and lemon pepper seasoning. I got my daughter involved in the preparation of them by having her brush olive oil over the pita triangles and sprinkling the seasoning over each piece before baking up. Brushing olive oil on ingredients has become my daughter’s thing lately, I have not always been great about getting my kids involved in the kitchen so it’s fun to provide my little girl with a go-to job that is helpful and I know she can handle. No dip plate is complete without fresh crunchy veggies (and I think Liz would agree) so sliced radishes and cucumbers joined the party and were the perfect accompaniment for this delicious snack.

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This Kalamata Olive and Feta Dip with Lemon Pepper Pita Chips made for a great munchie during one of our Saturday afternoons watching the Gators play. I can’t wait to make it again!

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Kalamata Olive and Feta Dip with Baked Lemon Pepper Pita Chips for The Lemon Bowl

A Greek yogurt based dip full of flavors of the Mediterranean. Perfect for snacking or serving at gatherings.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon za'atar
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • pinch of fresh ground pepper
  • zest from a lemon
  • juice from half of lemon
  • For the pita chips:
  • 8 pita rounds, cut into triangles
  • olive oil, for brushing
  • lemon pepper seasoning (I use no salt added)
  • coarse salt (if using no salt added lemon pepper seasoning, omit if there is salt added)

Instructions

  1. To prepare dip, place all of your ingredients into a large bowl and gently combine. Refrigerate an hour or serve immediately. Great with sliced cucumbers, radishes and pita chips.
  2. To prepare pita chips, first preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread pita triangles in a single layer on two large baking sheets and lightly brush olive oil on both sides of pita triangle. Sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning and place in oven. Bake until golden and crisp, 10 - 15 minutes.

Notes

If you don't have za'atar, substitute 1/4 tsp dried basil, 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1/8 tsp dill weed, 1/8 tsp dried thyme instead (I use this blend in my Garlic Feta Cheese Dip and it's delicious. I love using Joseph's Flax, Oat Bran and Whole Wheat Pita Bread for healthier pita chips.

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Best wishes to you and your sweet family Liz!! I can not wait to meet your little guy! xoxo

Be sure to check out the rest of this amazing lemony spread put together in honor of Liz and her baby boy!

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen.com October 14, 2013 at 6:39 am

This is my kind of dip and those pita chips are calling my name. I could totally eat this for breakfast!

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Caroline @ chocolate & carrots October 14, 2013 at 7:26 am

This looks fabulous Aggie! You’re amazing for bringing this dish to the baby shower, having just had your little one! It was so fun to see you and Liz both pregnant at Food Blog Forum this year. Such a special time. :D

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Kim | Just For Clicks October 14, 2013 at 8:16 am

How fun!!! And that pic of your sweet girl is SO sweet. Looks just like her Momma. Great appetizer idea Friend….. and very perfect in honor of Liz. :-)

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Sarah W. Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) October 14, 2013 at 8:21 am

Oh my goodness — That looks incredible! And I love all the dippers with it. YUM!

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven October 14, 2013 at 8:46 am

Your daughter is adorable!! Love this recipe, and love your celebration of Liz. You two blogging mamas are an inspiration to me! :)

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Amanda October 14, 2013 at 9:11 am

Is that your daughter? She is so adorable!! I love everything about this dish… those chips are fabulous! You totally rocked this!

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Rachel Cooks October 14, 2013 at 9:49 am

This is so perfect!! Loved what you said about Liz and love the recipe. And thanks for finding time to participate! xo

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Megan {Country Cleaver} October 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

I’m going to stage super covert SEAL extraction of this dip from your house – because I must have it!!! Mybestie has been singing the praises of za’tar for MONTHS, I will definitely be making this soon.

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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

I can not believe you found time to do this with your new little bundle!!! I love that you incorporated za’atar, another favorite of mine!! You know me too well. So blessed to have you in my life, dear friend. Thank you so much for this amazing surprise!!! xoxoxo

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Sheila October 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Oh my goodness this screams Liz!! and me ;) dang I can’t wait to try this!

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Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily October 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm

What fun that must have been, wish I could have made it! I can’t wait to bring this to our next get together I adore feta, lemon and kalamata’s!

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Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain October 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Aggie, you are too cute for words!! I love this dip! So glad we could celebrate Liz today!

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Sandy Coughlin October 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Beautiful tray! Thanks for celebrating Liz!

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Meagan @ A Zesty Bite October 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

This dip is right up my alley especially since you made your own pita chips too!

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Melanie @ Nutritious Eats October 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

So fun! Love all these blogging babies! The dip looks wonderful. Hope you are doing well!

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Amy @Very Culinary October 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm

How seriously awesome that you got to share your pregnancies together, and oth with boys, AND only a month or so apart! That’s like a girlfriends dream.

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Alyssa (Everyday Maven) October 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Your daughter is so cute Aggie! What a great dip and so perfect with those chips.

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Terry Packer October 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Those Pita chips look WAY better than store bought. The pita chips alone make me want to try this dip. Chalk this one up for recipes I have to try! thanks for sharing.

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The Healthy Apple October 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Looks great Aggie; your daughter is adorable! oxx

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Laurie {Simply Scratch} October 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

This dip and chips has my name alllll over it. Like all it needs is my address and to be placed in the mail! Gorgeous Aggie!

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Gaby October 14, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I would be snacking on this all day! Love that you made your own pita chips and I have to say how much I adore that photo of you and Liz, beautiful ladies!!

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Deborah October 15, 2013 at 2:12 am

I love this!! I’m always looking for new dip recipes, and I’m adding this to my need to make immediately list!

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective October 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

Love this! The lemon pepper pita chips are genius!

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Love that picture of you two together! And aww, it must be awesome to be pregnant the same time as a good friend!

And these chips look amazing. I’ve never had any pita chips at all, let alone lemon pepper. Yum! :)

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Bev @ Bev Cooks October 16, 2013 at 10:20 am

I want that dip sewww bawwwwd.

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Susan @ The Spice Garden October 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

First of all, congrats on your little boy’s arrival! I love the name Micah! Second, this is a very sweet idea you’ve had … a baby shower for your blogging friend! So nice! Third, your dip looks wonderful … although I am really drooling over the homemade pita chips … so much better than store-bought!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles October 17, 2013 at 8:35 am

I love everything about this post…you, Liz, babies, and that awesome sounding dip with pita chips!!

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Denise October 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Hello. A friend of mine told me about your blog and “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook. I now have two favorites. Keep up the great work. Denise

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phoebe lapine October 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Yum! This recipe looks amazing…. I am a big fan of feta AND kalamata olives, so I know this will be a hit!

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Erica October 18, 2013 at 10:47 pm

This sounds like the perfect healthy snack to make when having guests over or just to make over the weekend for munching. I love all the ingredients! I will definitely be trying this out. Thanks for the tip

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Gina October 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

This looks delish! Gina looks adorable : )

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Nutmeg Nanny October 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Oh man, this dip sounds incredible :) my husband will adore it!

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katie October 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Yum! This dip is perfect for Liz! Congrats to Liz!!!

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PicnicShop October 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Pepper Pita Chips for perfect picnic trips!

These are great, looking forward to trying these out soon…

Thanks,
The PicnicShop Team

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Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen October 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Oh man, I love this dip! I could eat this for lunch. And, you guys are adorable! Congratulations to you both :)

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Marti October 24, 2013 at 12:46 am

This looks great! Could you send me an invite to your board Strawberry Love – {Anything and Everything Strawberry}. My board is http://www.pinterest.com/martic/boards. I would love to be part of it, there are so many wonderful pins there!

Thank you so much!
Marti

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Aggie October 26, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I just found your blog, and everything looks amazing! Also, it’s nice to see there’s another Aggie in the world :)

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Aggies Kitchen October 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

another Aggie!! Yay :) Glad you are here, thank you :)

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Alicia October 28, 2013 at 9:18 am

I didn’t make the dip (yet) but did manage to make the pita chips and they are to die for. Really great. Had them with hummus.

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Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies October 29, 2013 at 11:31 am

I love the feta/olive combo (who doesnt?) but what really makes this is the lemon pepper on the pita chips! Hellooo, delicious!

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