Feta, Chilli & Lemon dip

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I have been a terribly bad blogger of late. I have a few valid excuses, a few of which I’ll share with you later this week but for now, all I can do is hope that this delectable dip will make up for my lack of posts for the last week or so.


I made this the first time for our NYE party and it was an instant hit. All of our guests loved it and I was begged for the recipe. I’ve made it a few times since then and I fall in love with it every single time. It’s spicy, salty, zesty and just perfect when served with crispy pita chips or as part of a tapas board. It’s also incredibly easy and quick to make if you have a good food processor. Taste as you go and adjust the flavours to suit your palate. I like it quite spicy, minty and lemony so I add loads of these flavourings. I make a big batch of this and keep it in my fridge to add zing to almost everything. It’s fantastic as a spread on a sandwich with chicken or ham and it’s just delicious on a lamb burger.


Feta, Chilli & Lemon dip

Course canapé, hors d'oeuvre, Starter, tapas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Alida Ryder


  • 500 g feta cheese
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • 1-2 red chillies roughly chopped
  • small handful fresh mint leaves
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blend until everything is roughly chopped.
  • With the motor running, pour in the olive oil and blend until the dip is well blended and everything is finely chopped.
  • Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and serve.


I used my Kitchen Aid food processor to make this dip. The food processor is available from TAKEALOT.com. This is not a sponsored post but TAKEALOT were incredibly generous by sending me the food processor. .

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  • Dixie Chik

    Beautiful dip!!

  • Nadia Oberholzer

    Hierdie was fantasties verby!! Sal dit verseker aanbeveel!

    • Alida Ryder

      Ek’s so bly jy’t dit geniet Nadia. Dis defnitief ‘n crowd-pleaser!

  • Melissa

    Hi Alida, thanks for the recipe, could I ask what your preferred brand of feta is, as I’m sure this has a bearing on the final taste?

    • Alida Ryder

      Hi Melissa. I like a good Greek Feta for this as the firm texture results in a better dip, in my opinion. If you’re in South Africa, Woolworths and Simonsberg both have good Greek Feta’s. 🙂

  • Tessa

    Wow, this sounds great. Did you use the feta in brine?

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