20 Vibrant Mediterranean Recipes to Feel Good About
We’ve heard for years about the wonders of the Mediterranean diet. Featuring foods like olive oil, whole grains, fish, legumes, fruits, and vegetables, it’s equally colorful and crave-worthy. It’s also incredibly easy to work a few more Mediterranean-inspired meals into your weekly menu plan, even if it’s just for the bright and satisfying flavors alone.
Here are 20 of our favorite recipes — from breakfast to dinner to snacks — that will help you do just that.
Anything goes when it comes to frittatas, but mix in some creamy feta and cool, fresh dill and you will not be disappointed.
Nothing fancy here. This mix of crunchy vegetables balanced with plenty of briny olives and feta, is just like that heaping Greek salad from your neighborhood diner.
The best thing about this one is the garlicky red wine vinaigrette. You’ll want to put it on everything.
Olive oil-packed tuna, crunchy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and briny kalamata olives are tossed with lots of fresh chopped parsley and oregano and dressed with nothing but olive oil and lemon juice.
We love this flavorful dish as a party appetizer, but it also makes a great main dish when served with pita or a side of rice. The fiber and protein in these meatballs get a bit of a boost from the cooked lentils that are mixed in.
There are numerous ways to make falafel, and this red-lentil version is a good one to add to your repertoire. It makes a great weeknight meal since the falafels are baked instead of deep-fried. Not only will you save time and mess, but you’ll end up with a lighter dish with no loss of flavor.
Don’t be fooled by the name of this salad — there isn’t actually any couscous in it. Instead, cauliflower processed to resemble the texture of couscous takes its place. It’s a great way to add some extra veggies to your family’s dinner.
We’ll take a pita sandwich for lunch or dinner any day; it’s one of the easiest ways to assemble a really full and hearty sandwich without having to worry too much about the fillings falling out. This veggie version is stuffed with carrots, spinach, chickpeas, feta, and hummus or baba ghanoush.
Don’t limit your pita consumption just to lunch time — this bread also makes it easy to enjoy a healthy breakfast sandwich on the go. We especially like to stuff ours with cucumbers, tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs for a fresh and filling start to the morning.
This weeknight dinner is easier than it seems, thanks to a time-saving trick. Use a rotisserie chicken for the stew and you can have the flavorful dish on the table in just 20 minutes. Plus, once you try the raisin-studded cinnamon couscous, we doubt you’ll want it any other way.
Like many of the dishes in this list, this simple wrap makes use of a few key Mediterranean ingredients: chickpeas, cucumber, feta, and tomatoes. Make these in advance so you have a quick meal or snack handy at a moment’s notice.
If you haven’t cooked with freekeh before, consider this dish your invitation. The collards and fennel give it a fresh taste, and if you buy the cracked version of the grain, it only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cook.
PSA: Yes, that tub of hummus in the back of the fridge does belong on your pasta. It might sound like a stretch, but trust us — the result is pure garlicky, creamy goodness.
This dish is the perfect choice when you need something comforting and flavorful. The artichokes and parsley keep things light, while the cheese and olives add a satisfying saltiness.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just an ordinary meatball — it has a strong Mediterranean flavor profile and is filled with onion, ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cloves. It’s best served with a healthy slathering of tzatziki atop pillowy flatbread.
If you want a crowd-pleaser, go for this recipe. The yogurt helps tenderize the chicken, making it nearly impossible for it to dry out. Tossed with cucumbers, tomatoes, and a creamy sauce, it’s a lunch or dinner combo that can do no wrong.
If you’re looking for a lighter pasta salad, look no further. This simple version doesn’t rely on a heavy dressing; it gets its flavor from the salty feta, olives, and a light lemon vinaigrette.
19. Easy Lamb Kebabs
If you’re a little wary of cooking lamb, this recipe is a perfect gateway into enjoying the meat. You can buy ground lamb from your grocery store or butcher, and then simply shape the patties or cylinders to be grilled or cooked in the cast iron pan. If lamb isn’t to your liking, you can sub in ground beef.
This simple, vegetable-forward dish filled with chard, chickpeas, and carrots proves that healthy and delicious can also be fast. The veggies get an extra-special boost of flavor from the combination of spices used to season the dish.