Avocado & Feta Dip
I have recently decided that feta cheese must be my most favorite of the cheeses because if there's a recipe or way I can add it in to my meal - I will! There's something about its creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture and tangy bite that I love. I have made it a staple in our house so when I came across this recipe for avocado feta dip, I knew I had to give it a try. The dip we typically think of when it comes to avocados is guacamole. This avocado feta dip is much different than guac and definitely has a Greek vibe going on with the addition of lemon and parsley. Did you know our brains enjoy variety? If we eat the same foods day in and day out, our tastes and brain receptors can become desensitized and essentially they get bored! This is why often times I have patients tell me they couldn't stay on _____ diet because they got sick of eating ____, _____, and _____ every day. Exploring tastes, textures, new foods, and recipes help keep our brain from getting sick of the same ol' thing. So be fearless, try new things! You never know what you may discover.
Fun fact about avocados: they are considered a fruit botanically but unlike most fruits, their nutritional make up is primarily fat. Dietary fats are essential to help us absorb important vitamins such as A, D, E, and K. Fats also help us to feel full for longer so whenever I sit down to a meal or a snack, I try to have a fat involved, especially the heart healthy kind that is found in avocado.
What I loved about this recipe is that it only contains 5 ingredients and took less than 10 minutes to prepare. I'm a big fan of keeping it simple. This recipe also contains several "staples" that I like to have on hand such as fresh herbs, lemon, and as I already mentioned - feta cheese! Fresh herbs and lemon are cheap ingredients that can help take many dishes up a notch in the flavor department.
To make this recipe, I used a food processor, but you could likely get away with finely mincing your herbs and mashing everything together with a fork (similar to guacamole). This dip is great served with chips, crackers, or cut up veggies. I found that the flavor improved the longer the dip sat, so if you can be patient, you may leave it stored in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving for optimum deliciousness! :)
Recipe adapted from The Food Network.
Avocado & Feta Dip
This dish contains only 5 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. It is perfect for a summer barbeque side dish or as a snack.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
- 2 tbsp green onion, minced
- 3 tbsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed
- 1 medium avocado, sliced
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until desired consistency. Serve immediately or place covered, in fridge, for 1-2 hours, to allow flavors to combine. Consume with 3-4 days.
If you don't have a food processor, in a medium bowl, mash avocado then mix in remaining ingredients until well combined.