Kopanisti Dip Recipe


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

Kopanisti with Crudite from www.whatsgabycooking.com

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 with Crudite from www.whatsgabycooking.com




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

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  1. Monika

    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. Dana

    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!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

    I have never heard of it, but it sounds INCREDIBLE. I’d love to make and serve with pita chips!

  4. Nastassia

    Those pita triangles look so perfectly toasted and delicous! What a yummy dip, I’ve never heard of it before but I’m a sucker for dips =)

    • Gaby

      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!

  5. Lisa

    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!

    • Gaby

      Quark? hmmm I will have to keep my eyes peeled for that! I would love to try it!

  6. Megan

    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.

  7. Peter

    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!

    • Gaby

      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!

  8. Cindy

    Sounds amazing……..never heard of it but definitely happy that you posted the recipe…..YUMMY!!

  9. Cindy

    Sounds amazing!! Never heard of it but so happy you posted the recipe….YUMMY!!

  10. Anya

    I’ve never heard of that but it look very good! And the photography is awesome!!

  11. Esi

    I am pretty sure I had this in Greece and it was it was amazing!! Saving this to make.

  12. Sonja @ ActiveFoodie

    This dip sounds delicious, it’s a perfect snack to take to work too! I’ll be making this next week, thanks Gaby!

  13. [email protected]

    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.

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  15. Erica

    All of your recipes always look incredible, but this one really caught my eye. What a yummy blend of flavors!

  16. Shelley

    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!

  17. molly

    How have I never heard of this?

    I am hungry, just reading of it.

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    Want!! Love all kinds of dips and this is super unique and has got the most amazing ingredients!

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  32. Edi

    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.

    • Gaby

      add more roasted red peppers to it and that will tone it down if you want it less feta-y