African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Great Dips Recipes to Try at Home


If you’re looking for ways to jazz up your long, lazy lunches, keep African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil in mind for some creative additions to your homemade dips. The proudly South African olive oil label is showcasing three delicious recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, incredibly tasty and packed with flavour.

The below recipes all showcase African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is a perfectly balanced medium to intense extra virgin olive oil with fresh, green aromatic fruitiness, distinct pepperiness, and pleasantly bitter notes. Made using only the best locally grown olives, African Gold is a celebration of local farmers, and each bottle highlights the incredible produce we have in South Africa. Try these recipes for your next dinner party or self-spoil.

African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Whipped Feta and Crispy Roast Potatoes

If you’re big on dining out at Johannesburg’s top restaurants, you’ll know feta is not just for salads. In this recipe, the salty cheese is the base for a smooth and creamy dip and it’s even more delicious paired with freshly roasted baby potatoes. A fabulous snack for relaxed dining with your friends and family or on your own.

Whipped feta dip
225g feta cheese, crumbled
¼ cup plain Greek yoghurt
2 tablespoons African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Roast Potatoes
450g baby potatoes, washed and halved
2 tablespoons African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish.


  • Mix the baby potatoes with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven at 180°C until golden brown
  • While your potatoes are cooking, place the rest of your ingredients into a blender and blitz up into a thick paste
  • Place your whipped feta into a bowl and serve alongside the crispy roast potatoes. Drizzle with African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a sprinkle of fresh parsley before serving

African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Zesty Harissa dip

This bright blend of spices and charred red pepper is a delicious addition to any meal – swirl into cream cheese or hummus as a dip, add to pasta as the base of a sauce or loosen with olive oil and use as a marinade for chicken, steak, or roast vegetables. Or keep it simple and use it as a tasty dip for your next cheese platter or homemade fries.

2 large red bell peppers
15ml cumin seeds
30ml coriander seeds
10ml fennel seeds
15ml paprika
15ml smoked paprika
15ml dried chili flakes
6 garlic cloves, peeled
200g tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2-3 fresh red chillies
60ml African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Halve the peppers, scoop out the seeds and place on a greased, foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with a dash of olive oil before placing under the grill at a high heat
  • Grill the peppers for 10 – 15 minutes, or until the skin has charred and the flesh is soft
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool before peeling the blackened skin off the pepper pieces
  • Meanwhile, dry fry your cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Once toasted blitz together in a spice grinder (or with a mortar and pestle) until finely ground
  • Place all the ingredients together into a blender and blend until fine. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste

African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Herby Olive Bread Dip

You won’t be able to stop dipping artisanal bread into this olive-and-herb-packed dip – and not only is it very moreish, but it’s sensationally simple to make.

1 cup African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ cup Kalamata olives, finely chopped
½ cup green olives, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Egyptian dukkah
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 clove garlic, minced
Crusty ciabatta bread, to serve


  • Mix all the ingredients (except for the bread) in a bowl and allow to stand for at least an hour before serving. This allows time for the ingredients to infuse the olive oil
  • Once you are ready to serve, slice your bread into thick slices and plate alongside the dip

Competition time! Win African Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil to try at home

We are giving 3 lucky winners the chance to try this premium, small-batch olive oil at home. Enter via Facebook and tell us which of the above recipes you’re keen on trying. The winners are selected automatically on Monday, 1 April and we will announce via Facebook and Instagram Stories. Good luck!

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