By the Chef Marshall O’Brien Group

This spread is full of flavor, creamy, and festive looking, without being a dietary disaster—perfect for the holiday season. Serve at room temperature or slightly warm to bring out the flavor.

Yield: about 2 1/2 cups


  • 2 cups feta cheese, finely crumbled
  • 1/2 cup roasted red bell pepper (jarred is fine), finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (about 2) green onions, very thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon (or more, to taste) fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste


  • Place all ingredients except lemon juice in a bowl and mash well with a fork.
  • Add lemon juice to taste.
  • Serve with crackers, thinly sliced baguette or a veggie tray.

Chef Marshall O’BrienThe Chef Marshall O’Brien Group is a dedicated assembly of professionals based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, committed to the goal of using nutrition to get kids and families to lead happier, healthier lives.