Kopanisti Dip Recipe

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Kopanisti, a spicy whipped red pepper dip is the perfect compliment for a gorgeous crudité platter.

Kopanisti from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Kopanisti has been a go-to dip for years! Ever since I stumbled on this concept at one of my favorite Seattle cafes, I’ve been whipping it up at home on a regular basis. Whipped feta with roasted peppers and red pepper flakes is salty, tangy, creamy and addictive. You can whip it up (literally) and keep it refrigerated for days on end. Serve it along with some crunchy/fresh vegetables as a crudité platter and it’s the most gorgeous way to start a meal or party!

Kopanisti from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)


Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Greek
Servings 6 -8 people


For the Kopanisti

  • 1/2 pound Greek Feta
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint
  • 1/3 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 roasted red pepper skin peeled
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Crudité

  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Radishes halved
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Mini Bell Peppers
  • Small carrots
  • Snap Peas


  • Combine all the ingredients into a food processor and blend together until mostly smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning for red pepper flakes. Add salt and pepper if needed.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking


  1. Yum! I know just the place in Ravenna, but haven’t tried this yet. Looks like I will have to try making it myself. I am always looking for good ideas for a quick lunch and this seems to be perfect!

  2. Gaby, I’ve never heard of this dip but I have to try it! I LOVE dips and can easily just eat them for dinner. My boys love dipping things and this one is so good for them. Thanks for the introduction!

    1. Hi Kate – its a little different than Htipiti since I didn’t use sun dried tomatoes, lemon or green onions but then again they are fairly similar! Both are delicious!

  3. Sounds delicious! I will make it!
    If you can get ‘Quark’ in LA- it’s a German/Austrian soft,smooth cheese similar to cottage cheese and available in Canada, Australia, but not in Florida—you can substitute this for the feta for anyone who needs to watch salt intake.
    BTW the best cheese cake is made with Quark!

  4. This sounds awesome! My friend gave me a recipe for a dip with roasted red peppers, olive oil, garlic, and almonds. It looks really similar to this… but it doesn’t have cheese, and the feta in yours sounds like an amazing idea.

  5. Nicely done, one of my favourite dips. The name of the dish varies, depending on where in Greece you’re from and the choice of herb could be mint, oregano or even basil. It’s all good!

    1. Peter – I think any variation on this dip would be ok in my book! Just another reason to go to Greece so I can personally sample all the different kinds!

  6. I had never of it although I am sure that I had some while in Greece. I like dips and will definitively try it; might use the Quark for sodium/calories reasons. Wholefoods carries some from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery in their “fresh-ready-do-eat” section. Tj’s might have some as well since they carry the Vermont Butter Creme Fraiche.

  7. I just had Kopanisti (made with roasted red peppers) for the first time last night at a local Greek restaurant. I had to google it this morning right away to find a recipe. Thanks!

  8. I just made this and all I can taste is the feta. I followed the recipe. Any suggestions on what I can tweak or add to it? It sounded so delicious.

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