Winter tzatziki dip

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20 min


8 to 10 servings


  • 1 square loaf focaccia bread , about 9x7x2 in.
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 370-mL jar roasted red peppers , drained or 2 large home-roasted peppers
  • 170-mL jar marinated artichoke hearts , drained
  • 4 small plum tomatoes
  • 4 green onions
  • 2 227-g containers tzatziki , about 2 cups


  • Using a serrated knife, cut out centre of bread, leaving a 1-inch- (2.5-cm-) thick border around edge of loaf and about 1/2 inch (1 cm) on bottom. Do not cut through to bottom crust. Hollow out focaccia by cutting out bread in large chunks. Cut these chunks into small pieces for dipping.
  • Pit olives by smashing them with flat edge of a large knife. Discard pits, then coarsely chop olives. Pat peppers dry with paper towels. Slice into 1/2-inch (1-cm) pieces. Cut artichokes in half. Slice tomatoes into quarters. Squeeze out and discard seeds, then chop. Thinly slice onions diagonally. Combine in a large bowl. Add tzatziki. Gently stir until vegetables are coated. Turn mixture into bread shell. Place shell on a large platter and surround with bread chunks. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, up to 4 hours. Serve with additional crackers, celery and endive pieces for dipping or baguette slices for spreading, if you wish.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 88,
  • Protein
  • 3.6 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.4 g,
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2.6 g,
  • Sodium
  • 676 mg.

Store-bought spreads and dips are a lifesaver for time-stressed cooks. Using one as a base, you can whip up an appetizer in minutes. Think of the classic spinach dip packed into a gigantic pumpernickel loaf–we’ve updated it with focaccia bread, garlicky tzatziki dip and marinated artichokes.

Make ahead

Prepare and combine vegetables and olives up to a day ahead. Do not mix in tzatziki. Wrap and refrigerate overnight. Hollow out bread, then store it and bread chunks in a tightly sealed plastic bag at room temperature overnight. Just before serving, drain vegetables, stir in tzatziki and fill bread shell.