Recipe: Mediterranean Seven-Layer Dip

Seven-layer dip (also known as "Mexican" or "Taco" dip) is awesome. Recipes vary but most involve strata of refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, tomatoes or salsa, ground beef, black olives, green onions, and/or peppers.

From the list of aforementioned ingredients, it's easy to surmise that seven-layer dip is not terribly healthful in its most traditional form. Yes, you can easily lighten it by using low-fat or lower-salt versions of the seven components; however, for a healthier albeit different spin on this classic party appetizer, go south of (French) border for inspiration.

Many of the traditional mezze, spreads, and condiments of the Mediterranean region in combination give rise a lovely, lighter-style seven-layer dip with more protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and nutrients. "It's European," you can brag to your guests, just before taking a huge honkin' scoopful and shoving in it your mouth. The recipe, after the jump. This article continues on the next page.

Mediterranean Seven-Layer Dip

Ingredients Hummus (plain, garlic, red pepper, your choice) Chopped chicken breast OR ground chicken Greek yogurt Chopped tomatoes Parmesan or Feta cheese Sliced kalamata olives Chopped pistachios

Note: Quantities of each layer vary depending on how many servings you desire. You'll need at least 1 cup of each layer for groups of 4-5 people.

1. First, coat the bottom of a bowl or casserole dish with hummus.

2. Next, sprinkle chopped chicken on top of hummus.

3. Cover with layer of Greek yogurt.

4. Sprinkle on chopped tomatoes (and lettuce, too, if you like).

5. Add layer of parmesan or feta cheese.

6. Sprinkle on sliced kalamata olives.

7. Top with chopped pistachios.

Serve with baked pita chips. (Or, if you're just into the Mediterranean thing and don't care much about being healthy, go for some Doritos.)

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