Pistachio Feta Dip

Pistachios add a beautiful emerald-green to holiday foods like Christmas bark and festive biscotti, but what about the really green holiday – St. Patrick’s Day?!!

Maybe I’m just really into color – I’ve certainly been accused of that – but I saw this dip online and just knew I’d be making it for St. Patrick’s day, on March 17th, 2018. Way more fun than Irish stew, and you can still enjoy your green beer.

I’m basing my recipe on the one from The Lemon Apron, a gorgeous blog by young Jennifer, who believes in “rustic, indulgent, and healthy home cooking.”

She got the original recipe from the book Persiana, by Sabrina Ghayour.

What I especially loved about this dip is that there is no TAHINI or CHICK PEAS in it!!! Hummus is wonderful, but there are other dips out there.

Case in point – this one is a beautiful purée of pistachios, along with feta and yogurt. YUM!

Pistachio Feta Dip
Slightly Adapted
Printable recipe below

3 1/2 oz (100 g) shelled pistachios
1/4 cup olive oil
7 oz (approx 200 g) feta cheese
2 handfuls of parsley, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove peeled and crushed
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
6 ounces Greek yogurt
Zest of one lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Blitz the pistachios and olive oil in a food processor for 30 seconds.

Add the feta, parsley, garlic, chile pepper, yogurt and lemon.

Blitz until the mixture is well combined and has a rustic texture and place in a serving dish. I drizzled some olive oil over the top.

Serve with warmed focaccia or flat bread, pita crackers, crackers, or crostini.

I used Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips because they’re so delicious.

I realized after-the-fact that if I’d removed the brown, thin skins from the pistachios, the dip would have been greener. But oh well. You will still be addicted!

There isn’t one thing I don’t absolutely love about this dip. I’ll be making it again, even when it’s not St. Patrick’s Day.

Note: In the original recipe, dill and cilantro are both used. I made an executive decision to just use parsley, because I wanted this dip to be more generic in flavor, in order to match it with other hors d’oeuvres I was serving.

I noticed that Jen spread the dip on toast and topped it with an egg! Yeah!!! (her photo below)



By Published On: March 14th, 201877 Comments on Pistachio Feta Dip

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Travel Gourmet March 14, 2018 at 6:08 AM - Reply

    What a lovely combination of flavours! I love having different dip recipes, so thank you. I rarely do ‘starters’ now but just offer dips, breads, cold meats, etc with drinks before a meal and this sounds like a great one to add to my repertoire.

    • chef mimi March 15, 2018 at 12:39 PM - Reply

      I know what you mean. This one is so different, so it will be appreciated!

  2. silviamagda March 14, 2018 at 7:14 AM - Reply

    That sounds so interesting!

    • chef mimi March 14, 2018 at 10:59 AM - Reply

      Thank you. It’s a nice change from a lot of basic dips!

  3. Loretta March 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Reply

    A wonderful combination for sure, so beautifully unusual too – I’m eyeing that egg, just the way I like it :)

    • chef mimi March 14, 2018 at 8:56 AM - Reply

      I know. Brilliant idea!

  4. Silvia March 14, 2018 at 8:43 AM - Reply

    Yum! Looks delicious! I totally agree with the choice to leave cilantro out! Can’t wait to try this deep!!!

    • chef mimi March 14, 2018 at 8:56 AM - Reply

      You’ll love it!

  5. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward March 14, 2018 at 8:53 AM - Reply

    I’ll take the perfect poached egg, too!

    • chef mimi March 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM - Reply


  6. Gerlinde March 14, 2018 at 10:38 AM - Reply

    I just put feta cheese on my shopping list to make this dip for a gathering tonight. I love all the flavors.

    • chef mimi March 14, 2018 at 10:59 AM - Reply

      You’ll love it. It’s quite unique!

  7. David March 14, 2018 at 12:10 PM - Reply

    Looks wonderful, Mimi! While I don’t mind tahini and chickpeas, I do love a good dip/spread with fun flavors.

    • chef mimi March 14, 2018 at 8:58 PM - Reply

      Me, too!

  8. Karen March 14, 2018 at 4:17 PM - Reply

    I’m sure it is as tasty as it is green. :)

    • chef mimi March 14, 2018 at 5:42 PM - Reply

      It definitely is!

  9. Debra March 14, 2018 at 10:57 PM - Reply

    I love the unique combination of ingredients. I love pistachios for flavor and the yogurt consistency appeals to me. Delightful!

    • chef mimi March 15, 2018 at 12:40 PM - Reply

      And it’s not like a super cheesy dip (not that I dislike those!) but it’s more on the sophisticated side. My husband spread the leftover sip on just about everything!

  10. Bill March 15, 2018 at 6:52 AM - Reply

    This is a must try, the egg at the end sealed it. (That cookbook looks interesting too.)

    • chef mimi March 15, 2018 at 12:41 PM - Reply

      I know. Jen stole the show with that photo!

  11. Rini March 15, 2018 at 7:25 AM - Reply

    Great combination. I can’t say I have ever come across a pistachio feta dip before, but you’re right. It would be great for St. Patrick’s Day!

    • chef mimi March 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM - Reply

      That’s why we blog, right?! New discoveries! It’s wonderful.

  12. Sherry Mackay March 15, 2018 at 7:29 AM - Reply

    i love pistachios and fetta so yes yum to this. cheers sherry

    • chef mimi March 15, 2018 at 10:59 AM - Reply

      It’s really really good!

  13. Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons March 15, 2018 at 2:20 PM - Reply

    My book club would love this one, I’ve pinned it to serve on my next hosting date. I’ve surprised them each time with a different dip for veggies and chips before dinner.

    • chef mimi March 15, 2018 at 4:25 PM - Reply

      Oh they will! It’s fabulous, and unique.

  14. Our Growing Paynes March 15, 2018 at 2:57 PM - Reply

    What a great alternative to hummus! And then adding a poached egg, well I’m sold.

    • chef mimi March 15, 2018 at 4:25 PM - Reply

      I know. My husband spread the leftover dip on just about everything, like a condiment. It’s wonderful!

  15. neil@neilshealthymeals.com March 15, 2018 at 4:15 PM - Reply

    An intriguing recipe and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

    • chef mimi March 15, 2018 at 4:25 PM - Reply

      Thank you Neil!

  16. Ruchisvegkitchen March 16, 2018 at 12:22 AM - Reply

    Wow beautiful combination of flavours

    • chef mimi March 16, 2018 at 7:47 AM - Reply

      It truly is! I’ve never made a nut-heavy dip like this one, either!

  17. Madonna March 16, 2018 at 9:15 AM - Reply

    My problem with dips is I don’t know when to stop. :) Pinning.

    • chef mimi March 16, 2018 at 4:58 PM - Reply

      Hahahahaha! I understand your pain!

  18. Ron March 16, 2018 at 10:55 AM - Reply

    Nicely done. I love your step-by-step instructions and the recipe looks divine. Your images are brilliant as well.

    • chef mimi March 16, 2018 at 4:58 PM - Reply

      Thanks, Ron! The recipe is truly unique and wonderful.

  19. kitchenpostcards March 16, 2018 at 1:37 PM - Reply

    This looks absolutely gorgeous! Sitting in Dubai with middle eastern ingredients readily available, I should definitely try this! 🧡

    • chef mimi March 16, 2018 at 4:57 PM - Reply

      Ah, wonderful! You’ll love it.

  20. Anonymous March 17, 2018 at 9:43 AM - Reply

    Wow Mimi – I know I will love this dip! Pistachios have such wonderful flavor and the addition of feta is brilliant!

    • chef mimi March 17, 2018 at 10:20 AM - Reply

      It’s truly amazing! And addictive.

  21. canelakitchen March 17, 2018 at 6:51 PM - Reply

    I love this recipe. This pistaccio dip looks awesome !

    • chef mimi March 18, 2018 at 7:01 AM - Reply

      It is a spectacular recipe!

  22. Laura March 17, 2018 at 7:56 PM - Reply

    Wow Chef Mimi – I can only agree with all of the other comments – what a fantastic alternative to using chickpeas – I can imagine how well the nutty and feta flavours combine. It’s on my-to make list!

    • chef mimi March 18, 2018 at 7:01 AM - Reply

      Good! You’ll love it.

  23. 2pots2cook March 18, 2018 at 9:09 AM - Reply

    Beautiful, beautiful ingredients ! So glad to find you and thank you so much for this creation !

    • chef mimi March 18, 2018 at 9:50 AM - Reply

      Ha! You are so welcome!

  24. Fran @ G'day Souffle' March 18, 2018 at 8:31 PM - Reply

    Oh boy, spread on a thick piece of bread, this dip would be magnificent, plus I think I’ll add the dill!

    • chef mimi March 18, 2018 at 8:32 PM - Reply

      I know, it’s just fabulous stuff!

  25. David @ Spiced March 19, 2018 at 6:58 AM - Reply

    I must admit that I’ve never thought about puréeing pistachios as a dip, but I can see how it would work. And I do love feta cheese! This sounds like a fun dip for St. Patrick’s Day…or any other day of the year. haha! Thanks for sharing this one…I’m putting it on the list to try next time we invite friends over!

    • chef mimi March 19, 2018 at 7:14 AM - Reply

      Try it for sure – it’s really spectacular!

  26. Vinny Grette March 19, 2018 at 10:10 AM - Reply

    This recipe, packed with nutiriton, looks perfect for me. Thanks for sharing! I especially like the idea of pairing the dip with an egg, as I have an egg every morning with some combination or other of veggies. And I’m one of those people who adores cilantro :).

  27. Healthy World Cuisine March 19, 2018 at 10:17 AM - Reply

    This recipe is making my mouth water. So many potential ways to use this dip and sauce and loving the on crostini with a poached egg. Savory and delish! Hope you are doing well. Take Care

    • chef mimi March 19, 2018 at 2:01 PM - Reply

      Thanks Bobbi! Yeah it’s really versatile. And addicting!

  28. Greg Henry (@sippitysup) March 19, 2018 at 1:57 PM - Reply

    I’m mad for dip! I never make it at home but I monopolize it at parties. GREG

    • chef mimi March 19, 2018 at 1:59 PM - Reply

      Okay. That’s odd!

  29. jenniferemilson March 19, 2018 at 7:36 PM - Reply

    Hi Mimi, Just seeing this! So glad that you liked this. I do have to thank you in referring to me as ‘young Jennifer’! haha! We’re probably closer in age than you realize! We could have gone to school together!!

    • chef mimi March 19, 2018 at 7:37 PM - Reply

      Ummmm no. But good job giving this old lady a good laugh!

  30. kitchenriffs March 21, 2018 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    This is SO creative! And pretty. Very different — thanks.

    • chef mimi March 21, 2018 at 12:44 PM - Reply

      It’s really different, and I’ve made a lot of dips in my day! (Maybe I shouldn’t be so proud of that?!!)

  31. heather (delicious not gorgeous) March 21, 2018 at 9:23 PM - Reply

    this sounds so flavorful! i’m digging the idea of how briny, creamy, nutty, tangy and garlicky this sounds.

    • chef mimi March 22, 2018 at 7:21 AM - Reply

      It’s definitely unique!

  32. Marie March 21, 2018 at 10:49 PM - Reply

    This sounds so flavourful and I love the green colour!

    • chef mimi March 22, 2018 at 7:21 AM - Reply

      Thank you! It is so good and unique.

  33. Jeff the Chef March 25, 2018 at 11:26 AM - Reply

    I make a dip somewhat similar to this with walnuts … why, why, why in a thousand years have I never thought to make a pistachio dip! I LOVE pistachios!

    • chef mimi March 25, 2018 at 11:43 AM - Reply

      I know!!!!! It’s crazy!

  34. CakePants March 27, 2018 at 10:05 AM - Reply

    Oh wow, this looks incredible! The addition of jalapeno is unexpected but I bet it adds a great zippiness to the dip. I can’t wait to try this!

    • chef mimi March 27, 2018 at 2:14 PM - Reply

      It’s outstanding!

  35. Craving4More March 28, 2018 at 10:16 AM - Reply

    So creative! Many folks forget that dip and pesto does not need contain basil and pine nuts. Pistachios are superb – and feta cheese, swoon!

    • chef mimi March 28, 2018 at 10:17 AM - Reply

      And no tahini!!!!!

  36. Jhuls April 2, 2018 at 4:26 AM - Reply

    I love the sound of this dip! Yum! x

    • chef mimi April 2, 2018 at 7:21 AM - Reply

      It’s very very good!

  37. Coco in the Kitchen April 27, 2022 at 10:41 AM - Reply

    This is so interesting. Great for a hot summer night when you want to give the stove a nap.

    • Chef Mimi April 27, 2022 at 9:42 PM - Reply

      And it’s so so good!

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