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Zaatar Beets with Whipped Feta

Looking for summer appetizer ideas for a get-together with friends or a sit-down dinner with family? These beautifully seasoned zaatar beets will have you coming back for seconds!

Baked with warm, earthy herbs and spices, they’re the perfect summer appetizer… and they’re oh so simple to make. Who doesn’t love an easy recipe?

Moreover, they pair perfectly with this light, creamy, whipped feta (another easy recipe that will wow your friends and your guests). This bright and creamy whipped concoction is made with Canadian feta cheese and Canadian Greek yogurt— if you’ve already indulged into the whipped feta trend, get ready for this: compared to regular yogurt, Greek yogurt is thicker, adding another layer of creaminess to the whipped feta dip.

You can quote us on that: this is sure to be one of the best appetizers of the summer.

By Andy Hay, Canadian Chef Andy Hay
  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Cooking: 1 hour
Yields 4
Zaatar Beets with Whipped Feta


  • 3 large red beets
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) pepper
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) olive oil
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) zaatar
  • Whipped Feta
  • 225 g (8 oz) Canadian Feta cheese
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) Canadian Greek yogurt
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) lemon juice
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) water
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Preheat oven to 450 ºF (230 ºC).

Remove stems and cut beets in half—season with salt, pepper, zaatar, and olive oil. Wrap in foil and bake for 1 hour.

In a food processor, mix together feta, yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and water. Blend until smooth.

Once beets are cooked, slice and toss with more zaatar and lemon juice.

Smear whipped feta on a plate and top with beets—season with salt, lemon juice, and mint.


For more inspiration by Andy Hay, visit his Instagram page @andyseastcoastkitchen

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