Feta and Cucumber Dip

A sort of pureed Greek salad, this tangy dip is what the restaurant Fire, in Cleveland, Ohio, serves with its signature “clay” breads. While the mixture of feta cheese and cucumber suggests the Middle East, the idea of pureeing them to make a dip is uniquely American.


Feta and Cucumber Dip

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes about 2 cups


  • 6 ounces feta cheese, drained and crumbled (about 1V2 cups)
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded (see tip), and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped sweet onion or scallions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea; optional)

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Place the feta, cucumber, onion, garlic, oregano, black pepper, and cayenne in a food processor. Process to a coarse puree.

Step 2: With the motor running, add the olive oil and lemon juice through the feed tube. Season with salt to taste. The dip can be refrigerated, covered, for 2 days, but it is best served the day it’s made.

Recipe Tips

To seed a cucumber, cut it in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds with a melon bailer or spoon.

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