Feta + Cream Cheese Dip w/ Red Onion (Lopez Island Dip)
Well, if you’ve been following me on Insta, then you know I was recently on the San Juan Islands in the PNW. We’ve been visiting these islands for several years and every year I try to see something new. This summer, we hiked several new trails ((which helped me accumulate a total of 90 miles hiked while on vacay — yippee!!)) and we explored a nearby island — Lopez.
The views were some of the most beautiful I’ve ever witnessed. Rocky coastline, deep dark ocean waters stretching for miles and small islands off the coast inhabited by Harbor Seals and their young.
We spent hours watching the real life ‘Animal Planet’ right before our very eyes. With every visit, I packed a picnic lunch and our picnic ALWAYS included fresh veggies and a yummy dip I first discovered at the local organic grocery store ‘Blossom Grocery‘.
The dip was made of 4 ingredients and AH-mazingly delicious. The red onion and parsley are such a perfect compliment to the feta and cream cheese. I’m not sure whether it was the dip on it’s own or if my location had an impact, but I was hooked after the first bite. It’s no surprise, I’m sure, that that Blossom Grocery feta dip didn’t last very long.
Once I was back on Orcas, I set out to recreate the Lopez Island Feta + Cream Cheese Dip. I tweaked it ever-so-slightly and then proceeded to make it 8 more times! Since returning to OK I’ve made it every chance I get! If I close my eyes, I can almost smell that salty ocean air and hear the barking of those Harbor seals.
Here’s what you’ll need to recreate my Lopez Island Dip ::
- cream cheese
- feta cheese
- red onion
- fresh Italian parsley
- sea salt
- cracked black pepper
You’ll need approximately equal parts cream cheese and feta cheese and then add red onion, parsley and salt & pepper to taste. I found that thinning the dip with heavy whipping cream allowed for a more dip-able dip. If you like a cracker-breaking, carrot-bending thick dip, feel free to omit the cream. I prefer a dip that’s a little creamier!
I hope you this dip becomes a fast favorite for your family like it has mine. And maybe, just maybe, if you close your eyes — with that first bite, you’ll hear the barking of a Harbor seal too!
FETA + CREAM CHEESE DIP W/ RED ONION (LOPEZ ISLAND DIP)
- 2-8 oz blocks of cream cheese
- 12 oz feta cheese crumbles
- 1/3 c finely diced red onion
- 1/3 c finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 t sea salt
- 1 t black pepper
- 1/3 c heavy whipping cream*
- In a large mixing bowl, combine first 6 ingredients. Using a hand-mixer, mix together all ingredients. Drizzle heavy whipping cream and continue mixing (pausing to scrape sides) until desired thickness is achieved.
- Serve with crackers or veggies.
- Store in fridge, lasts 2 weeks.
- more or less to reach desired thickness