My Go-To Dish for Cookouts This Summer

by HEAB on June 23, 2013

We ate something similar to this dish at a cookout on Memorial Day.  It was so simple and everyone loved it.  I’m not even sure who brought it to the party, but I have since recreated it and plan to take it to every potluck style gathering we attend over the next several weeks.  Love getting together with friends during the summer!

Anyway, back to the dish.  Below is the version I made yesterday…

The pan contained prepared hummus topped with feta, chopped Kalamata olives, 1/2 a seeded and chopped cucumber, 1 seeded and chopped tomato, chopped artichoke hearts, and fresh parsley.  Since I didn’t need a whole jar of olives or artichoke hearts, I simply purchased what I needed from the olive bar at my local grocery store.  So, other than a little chopping, this takes very little time to prepare.

Serve with pita chips or anything dippable – fresh veggies, pretzels, tortilla chips, warm pita bread.  You can also play around with the toppings and use sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, crumbled goat cheese, olive oil, different fresh herbs, etc.

Easy. Done. Delicious.

Happy Summer!


kerry July 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Such a good idea! I will be trying this for sure 🙂

Kerry X

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Hope you enjoy Kerry! 🙂

Jonna July 19, 2013 at 7:54 am

Hi Heather,

Hope all is well. Here is a version of the dip I use….it adds whipped cream cheese with chives and a few other subtle differences. I serve with home made pita chips if I have time to make them!


Place in sequence one layer on top of the other (I use either an oval or round dish/pie plate)

1 eight ounce container of whipped cream cheese with chives

1 eight ounce container of hummus original style

½ European cucumber chopped

3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1 four ounce container of crumbled feta

1 teaspoon of chopped fresh oregano

¼ cup chopped red onion

½ cup sliced Kalamata pitted olives


HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Wow Jonna,
This sounds amazing. Totally making your version for a party I’m attending Friday night. Thanks for sharing!

Tracy July 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Hi Heather! Just wanted to say Hi and let you know I was thinking about you! Hope you’re doing well and this pregnancy isn’t wearing you out too much 🙂


HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Thanks Tracy, you’re sweet to check on me. 🙂

Beth July 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I popped over to double check an old recipe, and was excited to see that you’re blogging again! So awesome. Okay, I have to go check out your new posts… 🙂

HEAB July 17, 2013 at 10:05 am

Hi Beth,
Yep, I’m back when I have time. Missed blogging – need a creative outlet in my life!

Hope all is well with you.

Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily July 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I went to a Thirty-One party and she had this dip, I’ve been making it for bbq’s, parties, anything we’re invited to now….it’s amazing!

Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 7, 2013 at 2:22 am

That’s a wonderful way to serve hummus! 😀

Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 7, 2013 at 2:22 am

That’s a wonderful way to serve hummus! 🙂

Sophie July 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

That dish looks so delicious Heather. All the Mediterranean flavours one could ever want! I’ve got such a thing for feta and olives at the moment too, one of the perfect food combos!

I’ve somehow lost your email (such a clutz) but I just wanted to update you about my amenorrhea like I promised! Sadly although I had AF immediately after the progesterone tablets, I have failed to have any more. Pretty deflating as I though I was back to ‘normal’. I’m going back down the weight gain route I think, trying the whole ‘nourishing traditions’ style thing. I feel a bit like I’m clutching at straws now as you can imagine!

I hope all is well with you? Your children are so precious. I’m so excited for your pregnancy too!! I’ve always wanted a big family, 4+ babies. I’m one of 7 and having all those siblings is such a gift!

Best wishes always xxx

JJ July 1, 2013 at 7:32 am


So glad to see you posting again. Congrats on your growing family! You are blessed!!!

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Thanks JJ, and yes, blessed indeed. 🙂

Lorne June 27, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Yum. Such a good idea for BBQs or Potluck meals with friends and family. I have a serious addiction to hummus.

Deadra June 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Kind of like a 7 layer dip but mediterranean. So going to do this, since we love hummus!

Sara @ sarasmiles June 26, 2013 at 6:37 am

Perfect! Like a super healthy 7 layer dip!

Meghan June 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Umm, totally making this!

jennifer June 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

So simple. All the best ingredients and stuff you’d want with hummus…all in one dish?? Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

You’re welcome, and yes, it is pretty brilliant. Many thanks to the stranger who brought it to the Memorial Day cookout I attended! 😉

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

This sounds amazing. Oh, how I miss feta! Growing up, we used to have a mexican version of something like this with refried beans layered with black and green olives, sour cream and cheese. Love stuff like this for potlucks!

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Yum, love a good Mexican layered dip.

Ana June 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm

What an awesome idea Heather! Love easy dishes that are fun and delicious like this!
I like the idea of the roasted red peppers on top too, I am definitely going to be making this, maybe even for 4th of July!

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Hi Ana,
Hope you made the dish and that you enjoyed it. I’ve made it a couple of times already and plan to make again for a party this Friday. So easy and delicious! 🙂

Anna @ On Anna's Plate June 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

Love this idea for a party or a potluck! Yum!

The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) June 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

that sounds amazing. i just made this little number yesterday and it’s nearly gone..4 servings? pshhhh easily 2 in this household!

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Um wow, that sounds right up my alley – love pretty much anything with lime and cilantro. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Marty June 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

What a simple, delicious idea! Geesh, why didn’t I think of that! And I can leave out the feta and add Daiya or not, for my veegan version. For a twist I might try romaine lettuce leaves as boats to stuff. Running off to get the tomatoes! Xoxo (ps. It’s a glorious 85+ here with a lovely 21+ hrs of sunlight)! Love that summer (yours and mine!).

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Love the lettuce boat idea. Great for gluten free folks!

Cherie June 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Bringing this to our neighborhood summer get together next month!

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Oh good, hope your neighbors enjoy it! 🙂

Averie @ Averie Cooks June 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Hummus, cucumber, tomato, artichokes…yes, bring it on! Wish I was at a party where this was served!

Kim June 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm

That sounds delicious!! I love all those ingredients combined! And, it does seem like a great summer dish – thanks for sharing!

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Hi Kim, you’re welcome. Definitely a great summer dish – making it again for a party this week!

Cecilia June 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

That looks/sounds delicious!

Tracy June 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Sounds delicious and perfect for a summer potluck get together! Fun departure from the typical mexican layered dip, too.

Hope you’re doing well! How are you feeling with this pregnancy? Pregnancy fatigue is soooo difficult to bear with little ones to take care of!

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Hi Tracy,
I won’t lie, this pregnancy has been a little rough. Definitely feeling better…finally! The nausea lasted a bit longer this time around and not much time for rest either. However, I’ve had lots of help, and I’m looking forward to enjoying these next few months. Feeling all those little kicks really helps. 🙂

lindsay June 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

this is genius! i can’t wait to get my GF pita chips from udis so i can dig in!

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm

So, what did you think of the chips?!?

Lindsay July 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

still waiting on them.. sigh

Meagan June 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

Heather! What a great idea 🙂 I love it. I’ll definitely try this out!

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Thanks Meagan. Enjoy – so simple and yummy! 🙂

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance June 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

Great idea! I especially love the hummus base . . . and crisp, fresh toppings. Thanks for sharing!

HEAB July 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Welcome. I’ve made this dish a couple of times already and will be making it for another party this Friday. So simple and yummy. 🙂

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