Greek Salad Topped Hummus Dip with Spiced Pita Chips

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    If you’ve never made hummus before, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is. The yourwellness Greek salad topping makes it a perfect party dip. Try making the hummus, salad, and pita chips in large quantities and storing them separately in your refrigerator. They make healthful snacks when you’re on the go!

    Chef Amy Riolo: Hi! I'm Chef Amy Riolo with Harris Teeter and today we're making Greek Salad Topped Hummus with the Spiced Pita Chips.

    So to get started, the first thing which we're going to do is, place one cup cooked or no salt added canned garbanzo beans into our food processor. The next thing which we'll add is our 1/3rd cup tahini. It's just a sesame pure, so it's crowned up sesame seeds, kind of, like what they do with peanuts to make peanut butter, they do the same thing with sesame seeds to make tahini.

    Then we're going to add some minced garlic, just about two cloves, but you can add as much as you like. Then we're going to add two teaspoons extra virgin olive oil. I like to add a little bit of salt, a little bit of pepper, and just a dash of cayenne, you don't need it, but if you like an extra kick, it really gives it a nice flavor. So now I'm going to put the lid on and we're going to process this.

    Once you see everything start to come together, this is a good time when you can start adding in water. So I'm just going to keep an eye on this as it's mixing, make sure that everything is coming together really well and just eyeball the water. I want this to still be a paste, but I don't want it to be dry, I want it to be nice and moist. So I'm going to continue to process the hummus while I add a little bit of water into this bowl.

    Now I'm going to add in little bit of lemon juice. We can turn this off and check the consistency of our hummus. You could always taste it and adjust the seasonings and also adjust the consistency. I think this looks really good and it smells nice and lemony and I can smell a little bit of the garlic in there. That's exactly what I want. If you wanted to add herbs in here also, that would make a really nice addition as well.

    So now we'll just go ahead and take our hummus and spoon it out into our plate. This is a really nice recipe, because in addition to the hummus itself, you also have the Greek Salad Topping. So you can use this as a dip or as a really nice lunch or as a vegetarian main, because you've got the protein in here and you've got all your vegetables. This is really a wonderful dish.

    So I'm just going to take my spoon and work here in with the tip and just turn the plate around as I go. This makes a nice little, kind of a bed, and then we can put the vegetables right on top of that. You can do this, of course, in any way that you see fit, but I would like to do green, red, green.

    So we have our one English cucumber. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to put the cucumbers down here right on the bottom, just kind of layer these this way. Then I'm going to add my tomatoes, three Roma tomatoes. Then I'm going to add my two green peppers. Then I'm going to layer on two ounces feta cheese.

    A little bit goes a long way, because the feta has a lot of salt in it, so gives it a lot of extra flavor and it tastes great. You don't need to do too much. Here are my Kalamata olives which are already pitted, and they'll go right on the top. So here we have our Greek Salad Topped Hummus, and now what we need to do is make our Spiced Pita Chips.

    These are so easy to make, you're going to want to make and have them on hand all the time. These are just two pieces of pita that I've quartered, and what I'm going to do is just break them open now with my hands. You can do this in any size you want. You can do it in exact halves, you can cut them evenly or you can just break and tear them the way I'm doing, that's absolutely fine. You can even make them in smaller pieces.

    So what we're going to do now is, take some of our olive oil and just drizzle this right on top. Then I'm going to take the pita and just mix them all up with my hands in with the olive oil, just to get them evenly coated. It's a lot more quick than trying to do it with a brush. I think it works even better for this to make sure that they get nice and even. This is going to give them a lot of flavor and crunch.

    Now I've made a really nice spice mixture with a little bit of sesame seeds and coriander and dried thyme. What I'm doing with this spice mixture is I'm replicating a Middle Eastern spice called za'atar. So I'm going to take that and I'm just going to sprinkle it right on our pita chips. This gives them an incredible flavor and you'll like the spice mix also. It's really good to top the Greek yogurt with it and eat it kind of as a savory dip with some fresh vegetables like carrots and celery. I like that a lot.

    And that's it. Once everything gets covered, we can just, kind of, scatter them a little bit. Then we'll put them in the broiler and we'll broil them just until they're golden. It takes only a few minutes on each side and then we should be ready, and we'll have our spiced pita chips.

    So, here we have our Greek Salad Topped Hummus and our Spiced Pita Chips. We can just go ahead and put a little spoon into the hummus and serve it this way. Enjoy!