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Chickpea and Feta Cheese Dip with Athenos Feta Cheese + Giveaway


Feta cheese is a fairly new addition to my home cooking repertoire. After tasting it as an ingredient in several restaurant salads, I decided to start using it at home. And so my first culinary adventure was to make this Chickpea and Feta Cheese Dip.

I recreated the recipe from Yiayia herself, with just a couple of minor changes. She’s a cranky one, but she loves when people use ATHENOS Feta cheese, so I think she’ll smile when she sees what I did.

Chickpea and Feta Cheese Dip


2 15-oz cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed
2/3 cup ATHENOS traditional crumbled Feta cheese, divided
1/3 cup drained roasted pepper strips, divided + 1 T reserved liquid
1 clove garlic
4 T extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon


1. Place chickpeas, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/4 cup peppers,  1 T of pepper liquid, and next 4 ingredients in food processor; blend until smooth.

2. Spoon into serving bowl. Top with remaining cheese and peppers.

Yield: 8 servings

Note: I made my own pita chips for dipping, but it’s equally delicious on crunchy bread sticks and crackers.





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About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.


  1. Deborah Rosen says:

    I make a cucumber and chick pea salad with feta – it’s out of the world.

  2. Julie M says:

    Tortilla Pizzas with Feta Cheese, Tomatoes, and Olives.

  3. anne hill says:

    definitely i love my feta cheese in Tabouli Salad

  4. I’m not a huge feta fan, so I probably like it best on a salad.

  5. sasha payne says:

    gyro is my favorite to have feta cheese in

  6. Peter G says:

    It was in an olive salad.

  7. Christina Tate says:

    Different types of lasagna and pizzas..yummo.

  8. Totally pinning this right now! Yum. And omg, I want Deborah Rosen’s recipe, too.

  9. Oh, jeez. Didn’t follow directions (though I didn’t see them right away) My favorite dish with feta is my Greek salad:

  10. Alicia K says:

    greek salad!