Whipped Feta with Figs Pistachio and Honey
Whipped Feta with Figs Pistachio and Honey

This creamy, salty feta dip with sweet figs, honey and crunchy pistachios is as pretty as it is delicious. Bring it to a dinner party as a last minute appetizer or serve alongside a platter of dips.

These days, I often keep feta in my fridge for all sorts of dishes.

After ordering my fair share of this dip from a few of my favorite restaurants, I decided to make my own at home. In this version, I combine feta with figs, pistachios, and honey for a delicious sweet and salty combo.

This dip is quick and easy—perfect for an impromptu dinner party, potluck, or weekend get-together.

The best feta for whipped feta dip

Traditionally, feta cheese is made from sheep’s milk, but many variations use goat’s milk or cow’s milk. In addition, you can find Greek, Bulgarian and French versions in the grocery store. Greek feta is made primarily from sheep’s milk, giving it the optimal creaminess and flavorful flavor.

Be sure to buy feta in brine (liquid), not the dry, crumbly version, as it’s easier to mix it smooth. I like the texture and taste of Olympiana Greek Feta.

Here are a few essential tips to ensure your whipped feta dip is as delicious as possible!

  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so the dip comes together as smooth as possible.
  • Feta is naturally crumbly, so the dip still has some texture. I personally find that the texture adds a bit more character to the dish. But if you want an ultra-smooth version, you can swap out the cream cheese for Greek yogurt and strain the dip through a fine-mesh strainer.
  • Keep in mind that feta will vary in saltiness depending on the type you buy. Once you’ve pureed the feta and cream cheese, be sure to taste the dip before seasoning it (it can be salty enough already)! If it’s too salty, you can add a little more cream cheese.
  • If you want to add some tartness to the honey topping, mix 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar into the mixture before microwaving.

substitutions and changes

You can play around with different flavors and textures to make this whipped feta dip your own. These are some of my favorite substitutions:

  • I prefer dried Turkish figs for their softer flesh, but both Turkish and Missionary figs work well in this recipe.
  • Feel free to experiment with different nuts and dried fruits depending on what you have at home. Substitute almonds or walnuts for the pistachios, or apricots or dates for the figs.
  • Replace the mint leaves with fresh thyme.
  • Try a flavored honey to add complexity to this dish.

The best equipment to make whipped feta dip

A food processor is the fastest way to get a creamy dip. However, if you don’t have one, you can also use an immersion blender. If you’re using a blender, break the feta into the smallest pieces possible before blending. You may also need to add some water to get things moving.

What to serve with whipped feta dip

I like to serve this dip with warm flatbread, naan or crackers. Pair it with other small appetizers or dips, like marinated olives, hummus or muhammara. Alternatively, you can spread the whipped feta on toast for an easy breakfast.

Make ahead and storage

This dip is at its lightest and creamiest texture the day it is made, but it can definitely be made 1-2 days ahead and stored covered in the fridge.

Bring the dip to room temperature before serving. I recommend preparing the fig honey topping just before serving so the honey syrup doesn’t crystallize in the fridge.

You can keep the dip covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Whipped feta with figs, pistachios and honey

preparation time
20 minutes

total time
20 minutes

up to 6 servings


For the fig-pistachio-honey topping

  • 2 tablespoon honeyplus more for drizzling

  • 1/4 Cup roasted and unsalted pistachiosfinely chopped

  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped dried figs

  • 2 tablespoon water

For the feta dip

  • 8th ounces feta cheese in brine, drained and crumbled

  • 4 ounces cream cheeseat room temperature

  • 1/3 Cup Extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaveschopped

  • 1 small carnation garlicgrated or finely chopped

  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

To serve

  • warmed up pita breadNaan or crackers

special equipment

  • food processor


  1. Prepare the fig-pistachio-honey topping:

    In a small bowl, stir together the honey, pistachios, figs, and water. Place the bowl in a microwave and heat for 30 seconds until the mixture starts to bubble. Leave to cool to room temperature.

    Alternatively, you can also prepare the topping on the stove. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine honey, pistachios, figs, and water. Whisk together the ingredients and cook until the mixture begins to simmer. Remove from the stove and let cool to room temperature.

  2. Make the whipped feta:

    In a food processor, add crumbled feta, cream cheese, olive oil, mint, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse for 30 seconds to 1 minute until smooth and creamy (there will still be small bits of feta).

  3. Taste and season:

    Taste and season with salt and black pepper if needed. If desired, you can add an additional 2 ounces of cream cheese for a milder flavor.

  4. Arrange and serve the dip:

    Place the feta dip in a wide, shallow serving bowl. Use the back of a spoon to create swoops and swirls in the dip.

    Make a well in the middle of the dip and spoon the fig-pistachio-honey topping over it. Drizzle with additional honey, if desired, and serve with warm flatbread, naan, or crackers.

nutritional information (per serving)
310 calories
27g Fat
13g carbohydrates
7g protein
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