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Dip your chip into this irresistible tangy feta dip that is whipped to creamy perfection and topped with fresh figs, salty walnuts, and a golden sweet drizzle of honey. This Whipped Feta Dip with Figs is one of my new favorite ways to enjoy an easy appetizer this time of year.
Finding the perfect appetizer is a chore, I’ll admit. I mean, all that dipping can wear a girl out! Nevertheless, I stuck to the task and found this Whipped Feta Dip with Honey to be just the one for dipping hearty chunks of fresh bread into.
Truth is, it seems we are often entertaining family and friends. So one more addition to the appetizer list is perfect for me. I can see it now—we start with this Creamy Feta Dip with Fresh Figs and move to the meal.
Finish the evening with a couple of Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies and a warm cup of coffee. Now that is the beginning of a great meal plan for the next gathering!
A note about figs:
Why We Love This Recipe!
- Figs are Good Fruits: The tiny fig contains antioxidants and nutrients like calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and fiber!
- Unique: This dish will impress since not many people know how to use or serve figs.
- Cheesy Good: The cream cheese is the perfect creamy base for the salty feta cheese resulting in a delicious appetizer dip.
- Food Processor (my friends tell me this is a good one). I use this Breville workhorse, but I do a lot of testing and need one that will last a long time with a lot of use.
- Citrus Press for juicing the lemon.
- Paring Knife
- Honey Dipper
Perhaps you are relatively unfamiliar with figs in general. No, they are not just used in Fig Newtons. There are plenty of ways folks use figs in cooking.
- There are appetizers like figs wrapped in prosciutto, and figs are used as an addition to a charcuterie board.
- Bakers use them in muffins, tarts, and cakes as well.
- Have you ever heard of fig jam (my friend at Nourish & Nestle makes a great one? It is delicious.
- Oh, bring us some figgy pudding…
Variations and Substitutions
How To Make Whipped Feta Cheese Dip with Figs
✱ Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and instructions!
Step 1 | Prepare your Toppings
Since this dish is pretty easy and quick to make, I like to have all my ingredients ready and waiting to sprinkle on- quicker to my table that way!
Most of my readers know there is always a method to my sort of madness! 😊 So, let’s get to peeling and chopping.
First, set out the cream cheese block so it softens while you are prepping the remainder of the ingredients.
Then move on to the rosemary and walnuts and get them all chopped nicely. And now for the fig prep.
Wash and chop the freshly selected figs as you would any fruit.
Fresh Fig Tips
Now is the time if you have never invited a fig to your kitchen. Here are a few helpful tips to start your figgy journey.
- When purchasing figs at the local grocery store, you should know that they do not ripen after picking. You will want to look for the best ones in the bunch. Find the figs rich in color, with skins that are not broken. Feel to ensure they are both plump and soft with a slight give. Also, they should have a very light aroma.
- Figs do not have a long shelf life! So, store them in the refrigerator in a paper towel-lined bowl and cover them loosely. You have about three days to use them
Step 2 | Mix the Ingredients
Start by breaking the feta cheese into a few pieces and put that straight into the food processor. Then add the softened block of cream cheese.
Next, measure and pour in the avocado oil, lemon juice, honey, and finely chopped rosemary.
Process this creamy mixture until smooth and creamy. Be sure you
are scraping down the sides of the processor bowl to get all the goodness mixed together.
Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
Step 3 | Plate the Feta Whipped Dip
Now it is time to scoop all that good dip onto a serving plate or a platter. I say carefully because you want to plate this dip well and not make a mess over the bowl’s edges!
Then you can sprinkle on those freshly chopped figs, chopped walnuts, and more rosemary leaves for garnish.
Step 4 | Make it Sweet
Okay, I know you have been waiting for this part of the golden honey over the cheesy dip with expert precision. (You’ve got this!)
Step 5 | Serve Your Dip
Serve this creamy dip recipe in a shallow bowl or platter with your favorite artisan crusty bread, like Italian bread, a fresh baguette, or fragrant sourdough bread slices.
Other options include but are not limited to nice warm pita bread, naan, or flatbread cut into wedges for dipping.
- Use a sharp knife when peeling the fig.
- The food processor is key! You could use a blender or mixer and just take your time creaming the ingredients, then whip.
It really is a matter of choice. If you want to peel them, here is how:
First, cut off the stem, and using a sharp knife, make a crosscut on the top of the fruit. Then separate the four sections just a bit. With your paring knife, you are ready to cut between the pulp and the fig’s skin and slice down just a bit. Once you have a piece of skin exposed that is large enough to grab onto, you can peel it with your hands, one section at a time. You’ll be left with only the pulp– toss the skin.
In Florida, figs ripen between July and October. So, get busy making your recipes now!
Good news! There are dried figs available at your local supermarket. Just plump them up in the water and get to chopping.
What to Serve with Easy Whipped Feta Dip with Figs
Try this Fig and Feta Dip with a toasted slice of my Irish Soda Bread. Then serve it up with some of these amazing appetizer recipes.
- Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts and Feta
- Antipasto Skewers
- Chicken Sausage and Fig Naan Bites
- Air Fryer Corn Ribs
Storage: Hold off on chopping the figs until the day you want to serve. Then cover the dip bowl with foil or plastic wrap, place it in an airtight container, and store it in the refrigerator for three days.
I do not suggest freezing this dip recipe.
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Whipped Feta Dip
- Food Processor (or blender if you don't have one)
- Citrus Press optional for juicing the lemon
- 8 ounces Feta Cheese, (I used a block)
- 4 ounces cream cheese block, softened
- 1 tablespoon avocado, (olive oil can also be used)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice from freshly squeezed lemon
- 1 tablespoon honey, (plus more for drizzling)
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary , finely chopped, (plus a few leaves for garnish
- 3 fresh fresh figs, stems removed, and chopped in into bite size pieces
- ¼ cup walnuts, roughly chopped (or taste) – pistachios are also delicious
- Break the feta into a few pieces and place it in the food processor, add the cream cheese, oil, lemon juice, honey, and chopped rosemary. Process until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Spread the whipped cheese onto a plate or platter. Add the chopped figs, walnuts, and additional rosemary leaves.
- Drizzle honey over the dip.
- Serve with your favorite artisan bread (Italian, baguette, and sourdough all work well), warm pita, naan, or even flatbread.
Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.