There’s one thing I think we can all agree on: Greek food—most Mediterranean food, for that matter—is great for weight loss. Why? Because it’s light, fresh and highly nutritious.

Our friend and food PR diva Melinda Morgan Kartsonis shared her Greek Hummus Appetizer Recipe and, after making it, we had to share! Not only is it quick and easy to make; it’s also budget-friendly and includes a healthy hummus recipe, which you can customize to your tongue’s desire.

Use this Greek Hummus & Veggie Platter as an appetizer for your next dinner party, as a main course for your next dinner, or use it to replace the salad course the next time you host friends and family. But no matter what you do, remember one thing: it’s light, healthy, fresh, and will enable you to indulge without feeling guilty about it! Yum!

Weight Loss Appetizer Recipe: Greek Hummus & Veggie Platter

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Melinda Morgan Kartsonis :: Fooditude

Ingredients for Greek Hummus Appetizer:

1-2 cups hummus

1 cup greens, chopped (cabbage, spinach, kale, lettuce, or a combination)

½ cup tomato, chopped

½ cup cucumber, chopped

2 Tablespoons red onion, chopped

½ cup reduced fat crumbled feta cheese

4 Tablespoons kalamata olives

Directions for Greek Hummus Appetizer:

On a medium-large platter:

1.    Spread the hummus as your base.

2.    Sprinkle these on top, in order: greens, tomato, cucumber, red onion, crumbled feta cheese, and kalamata olives.

3.    Enjoy! (That’s it… Seriously. SO easy and delicious!!)


Ingredients for Hummus:

4 cloves garlic

2 cups canned chickpeas

1 ½ tsp. salt (pref. sea salt)

1/3 cup tahini

6 Tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed

4 Tablespoons water (optional)

8 dashes hot sauce (Sriracha or Tabasco)


Directions for Hummus:

1.    Add garlic cloves to food processor and chop until fine.

2.    Add chickpeas, sea salt, tahini and lemon juice. Add water until you reach your desired consistency.

3.    Add hot sauce to taste.