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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.

A pink bowl filled with a feta cheese dip with a slice of dipped bread on the bowl.

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.

On the grill are some Easy Grilled Steak and Chicken Kabobs, and tasty Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is being prepared, or maybe Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts and Feta. Either would do!

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:

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…

Ingredients

  • Feta Cheese: I used a block of feta and cubed it for the processor. You could also try goat cheese for a new variation.
  • Cream Cheese Block: The creaminess lies in the softened cream cheese. You can try Greek yogurt or sour cream in a pinch.
  • Avocado Oil: Avocado oil lends a mild and nutty flavor to the recipe, but you can sub with olive oil.
  • Lemon Juice: Bring the flavors to life—wake them up with lemon juice.
  • Honey: Use honey in the dip and as the golden sweet drizzle.
  • Fresh Rosemary: Fresh herbs are always best. The rosemary in this recipe is finely chopped. But please leave a few leaves for the garnish.
  • Fresh Figs: Remove the skins and stems and chop them into bite-size pieces. For more information on figs, see my instructions below.
  • Walnuts: Roughly chopped or finely; the choice is yours. Pistachios and pine nuts are also delicious.
Image of ingredients needed to make whipped feta dip with labels titling each item.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Additions: Want even more topping to add to this fig dip recipe? Yep! You can add torn prosciutto, bacon pieces, and more
  • Instead of a block, you can always use feta cheese crumbles.
  • Not a honey fan? Try olive oil and one of your favorite balsamic vinegars.
  • Spice it up with red pepper flakes and black pepper.
  • Add tomatoes with the figs. You can try sundried tomatoes, roasted tomatoes, or cherry tomatoes.

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.

Collage image showing adding figs, nuts, herbs and honey toppings to whipped feta dip.

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.

A wooden board with sliced artisan bread an a bowl filled with feta dip.

Tips

  • 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.

Recipe FAQ’s

Should the figs be peeled?

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.

When do figs ripen?

In Florida, figs ripen between July and October. So, get busy making your recipes now!

What if figs are not in season?

Good news! There are dried figs available at your local supermarket. Just plump them up in the water and get to chopping.

Whipped feta dip topped with nuts, figs, and drizzled with honey in a pink bowl on a neutral table with figs and a bowl of honey in the background.

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.

Storage

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.

Freeze:

I do not suggest freezing this dip recipe.

Artisan bread slices smeared with whipped feta dip and garnished with chopped figs and drizzle honey on a wood serving board.

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A pink bowl filled with a whipped feta dip with figs, nuts, and herbs with a slice of dipped bread on the bowl.
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Whipped Feta Dip

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
Dip your chip or bread slice into this irresistible tangy and salty feta dip that is whipped to creamy perfection and topped with fresh fig, salty walnuts, and a golden sweet drizzle of honey.

Equipment

  • Food Processor (or blender if you don't have one)
  • Citrus Press optional for juicing the lemon

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Video

Notes

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.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 166kcal (8%) Carbohydrates: 13g (4%) Protein: 12g (24%) Fat: 9g (14%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 23mg (8%) Sodium: 471mg (20%) Potassium: 149mg (4%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 9g (10%) Vitamin A: 60IU (1%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 81mg (8%) Iron: 0.3mg (2%)

Nutritional Disclaimer

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.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was such a unique and unexpected dip! So festive and delicious; adding this to my Thanksgiving menu, indeed!

  2. 5 stars
    This salty and creamy dip was delicious! I made a batch and ate it all up with a bowl of chips! Thanks for this awesome recipe!