If you’ve fallen in love with the idea of Mediterranean recipes for dinner, we’ve got ideas to make some of the world’s best Mediterranean recipes easy for you to try.
The Mediterranean diet has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it all started when researchers started noticing that people who live in the area of the Mediterranean Sea seem to live longer. When they examined the diets of elderly people in the area, they discovered some excellent eating habits.
Whether you’re following the Mediterranean diet, just trying to eat healthy food such as Mediterranean cuisine, or want to try various Mediterranean dishes for some variety in your daily meals, there is a Mediterranean recipe for you on this excellent list of Mediterranean meal ideas.
The Mediterranean region has been long admired for its vibrant landscape and cultural richness. One of the most compelling aspects of this region is the mouth-watering range of culinary delights that originate from a variety of countries situated along the Mediterranean coastline. Delving into Mediterranean recipes is anticipated to be a fascinating journey for those eager to discover new flavors and traditions, as well as those who appreciate healthier ways of eating.
These time-honored recipes embrace the essence of Mediterranean cuisine – simple techniques magnifying the flavors of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Staples such as olive oil, fresh herbs, legumes, whole grains, and an assortment of fruits and vegetables dominate these dishes. At the same time, the judicious use of poultry, fish, and dairy ensures a well-rounded diet, maintaining the delicate balance between indulgence and well-being.
Moreover, the social aspect of Mediterranean dining promotes a sense of community and togetherness. Meals are mostly shared among family and friends, making the dining experience an occasion to unwind and connect. By exploring these Mediterranean recipes, one can not only enjoy a diverse range of culinary delights but also adopt a lifestyle that promotes heart health, longevity, and a closer connection to loved ones.
The best Mediterranean food is full of wonderful healthy ingredients, such as salmon, chicken, feta cheese, and olives.
Best of all, Mediterranean dinner recipes can be quite affordable. Are you ready to explore all of the ideas that make easy Mediterranean recipes? Let’s go!
One of our favorite parts about Mediterranean cuisine and following a Mediterranean diet is how many veggies you can enjoy.
Spices in this dish are oregano, thyme, black pepper, and parsley.
This Greek chicken recipe calls for just six simple ingredients, and it’s an easy one pot meal.
Season with sea salt and black pepper if you want.
Sheet pan dinners are always welcome because they’re so incredibly easy to make.
For this easy shrimp recipe, you need jumbo shrimp, fresh asparagus, garlic, olive oil, oregano, fresh lemon juice, feta cheese, and black olives.
Canned tuna is one of the most affordable meats you can eat, so this canned tuna pasta recipe is easy on the family’s grocery budget.
For this recipe, you need red pepper flakes, onion, black pepper, cream cheese, and olive oil.
This stew recipe gives you something unique to eat on New Year’s Day.
For this Mediterranean dish, you need carrots, chopped dill, tomato sauce, and onion.
When you find yourself craving a quick piece of toast but you’re trying to ease off of carbs and need healthy recipes, why not make this yummy sweet potato toast instead of bread?
All you have to do is slice a delicious sweet potato and bake it.
Eastern Mediterranean cuisine is full of delicious fresh veggies, and you find a lot of Mediterranean recipes that are main dish salad dishes.
This recipe is full of protein-rich chickpeas, so it can serve as a main dish for lunch or dinner.
Avocado makes such a creamy dip, but there is so much more you can do with this green vegetable with good fat than just making guacamole.
This avocado dip with citrus flavor is made with green onion, cilantro, fresh lime juice, fresh lemon juice, fresh orange juice, shallot, a dab of honey for sweetness, sea salt, and black pepper.
No list of Mediteranian food or Mediterranean recipes would be complete without a classic tzatziki recipe.
Classic tzatziki is made with grated cucumber, Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, garlic cloves, and fresh herbs that include chopped mint and fresh dill.
A recipe filled with Mediterranean flavor is great for any meal of the day and that includes breakfast or brunch.
You can add Brussels sprouts if you like.
If you love Mediterranean food recipes that include flaky phyllo dough and spinach, you’ve probably already enjoyed spanakopita at one point.
These bite-sized appetizers are made with phyllo dough (or puff pastry), spinach, feta cheese, eggs, oregano, garlic, onion, and extra virgin olive oil.
This Italian-style baked fish recipe calls for flaky fish such as cod or haddock. Other ingredients are Italian red wine vinegar and fresh cherry tomatoes.
Use fresh bread crumbs for the topping and you’ve got a nice crunch.
There’s nothing more impressive than a slab of salmon cooked on a pan with lemon spices and fresh herbs.
This salmon recipe calls for brown sugar, but it’s optional and the fish is just as delicious without it.
The vegan and vegetarian options in Mediterranean recipes are amazing.
Use pearl barley to make this soup, and other ingredients include any type of mushrooms (we love shiitake in this soup), celery, onions, carrots, bay leaves, and crushed garlic.
Fritatta is great for an elegant brunch veggie entree, and we love this one that’s loaded with foods popular in Mediterranean cuisine.
For this Mediterranean recipe, you need eggs, kosher salt (or sea salt), milk or water, sliced mushrooms, asparagus spears, chopped scallions (green onion), and goat cheese.
How does the idea of combining a beloved American food with Medeterranean recipes sound?
The good news is that you can still enjoy your favorite burger, but simply make it with salmon and tzatziki for an exotic twist.
It’s always fun to find new zucchini recipes, and we fell in love with this veggie recipe for baked zucchini.
Red pepper flakes give this zucchini recipe a nice kick, and other ingredients include lemon zest and grated parmesan cheese.
The humble tomato is one of the most versatile vegetables in the world, and there are so many things you can do with tomatoes.
With this recipe, you’re going to roast your tomatoes in the oven with fresh thyme (dried thyme works, too) and creamy feta cheese.
19. Hummus Toast
If you love avocado toast, you’re going to adore hummus toast.
This recipe for hummus toast gives you eight different recipe ideas for a super healthy breakfast, brunch, lunch, or snack.
Ingredients can include a fried egg, sliced olive, roasted red pepper, feta cheese, lox, capers, smoked salmon, tomato slices, roasted corn, cilantro, red onion, avocado, and more.
Another sheet pan dinner, these delicious chicken thighs roasted with green beans, potatoes, and sweet potatoes are so tender and tasty.
For seasoning, use Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper.
You can also make this Mediterranean dish with chicken breast.
A main dish salad is a great way to lighten up your meals, and this couscous salad with Mediterranean flavors is perfect.
This salad is loaded with deliciousness, including Roma tomato, cucumbers, garbanzo beans, feta cheese, chopped mint, and lemon zest.
If you love legumes, beans, and lentils, we suggest you try this delicious black lentil soup.
This is a rich soup that’s made with sweet Italian sausage, dry white wine, roasted red pepper, and bay leaves.
Baba ganoush is similar to hummus except that baba ganoush is made with eggplant instead of chickpeas.
Serve your baba ganoush with pita chips, fresh veggies, or crusty bread.
24. Greek Salad
One of the most beloved and well-known Mediterranean recipes is a simple Greek salad.
A colorful veggie Greek salad is full of delicious fresh veggies, including minced garlic, Roma tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, different colors of bell pepper, Kalamata olive slices (or black olive slices), feta cheese crumbles, and avocado.
Eggs are great for any meal of the day, and when you use a muffin tin to make egg muffins, you’ve got a quick and easy meal.
To make this Mediterranean recipe, you need bell pepper, eggs (or an egg white mixture), spinach, and feta cheese.
Do you have some pine nuts and golden raisins in your pantry? If so, we’ve got a delicious fish stew recipe that will help you use these fun ingredients.
Other ingredients in this fish stew are capers, clam juice, dry white wine, and orange zest.
Classic Italian minestrone soup is always welcome, and this soup is great with a salad and bread to make a full meal.
This soup is loaded with veggies like diced tomatoes, onion, carrots, and celery. Tomato paste and bay leaves give this soup tons of flavor.
Eggplant is a complex veggie because it’s so versatile. You can fry eggplant, bake it, broil it, grill it, or cook it any way you like.
We love this recipe for braised eggplant with chickpeas. You need chili pepper, cumin, caraway, coriander, crushed tomatoes, lemon juice, and onion.
Who says fish sticks have to be boring? Salmon and other fish play a huge role in Mediterranean recipes, and we love these fish sticks.
Use egg and panko bread crumbs for the coating.
30. Creamiest Hummus
Most of us buy hummus at the grocery store, but you can also make a delicious version of creamy hummus in your own kitchen.
For this hummus recipe, you need cooked chickpeas, fresh lemon juice, tahini, garlic (or garlic powder), extra virgin olive oil, cumin, sea salt, and sumac (or smoked paprika).
31. Foul Mudammas
Foul mudammas is a classic Middle Eastern dish that hails from Egypt.
Ingredients in this traditional Egyptian recipe are canned chickpeas, fava beans, garlic, salt, cumin, fresh lemon juice, tomato, onion, olive oil, black pepper, and parsley.
32. Chicken Souvlaki
Chicken souvlaki is made with tender chicken breasts, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, and garlic.
Traditionally, chicken souvlaki is served with cucumber slices and tzatziki sauce that’s made with Greek yogurt, extra virgin olive oil, and red wine vinegar.
A popular Middle Eastern dish is Lebanese rice made with vermicelli.
You need just three pantry staples for this classic Lebanese recipe: vermicelli pasta, rice, and olive oil.
You can also make this rice recipe in the Instant Pot.
Move over, traditional tuna salad. We’ve got a special treat: Mediterranean tuna salad.
How is this tuna salad different?: It’s made with Greek yogurt, Kalamata olives, roasted red bell peppers, fresh lemon juice, basil, and red onion.
For a stuffed chicken wrap, you can use leftover chicken, but these tasty little wraps are even more delicious if you make the chicken from scratch.
For this delicious recipe, you need chicken thighs, red pepper flakes, cumin, olive oil, oregano, smoked paprika, and garlic.
When you want a low carb side dish of veggies to serve with your Mediterranean recipes, you can rely on these Italian roasted vegetables that you cook in your oven.
For this recipe, you need mushrooms, red onion, bell pepper, yellow squash, zucchini, Italian seasoning, and olive oil.
Sometimes a quick smoothie in the morning is all we have time for, and this banana smoothie makes a great afternoon treat, too.
To make this banana shake, you need a frozen banana, old-fashioned oats, tahini, maca powder, and unsweetened almond milk.
Mediterranean recipes are big on fish, and this swordfish recipe gives you an opportunity to try something completely new and unique.
Marinate your swordfish in a marinade that’s made with fresh lime juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, black pepper, sea salt, basil, and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Salmon isn’t the only cold-water fish you can enjoy on the Mediterranean diet.
Baked cod is another great fish to implement into your healthy eating plan.
This baked cod is seasoned with a delicious butter mixture that includes olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
We have a delicious Moroccan recipe for you. This vegetarian stew from Morocco is made with just veggies, so it can also be vegan, depending on what you serve with it.
For a vegetarian dish, serve this delicious savory stew with Greek yogurt.
41. Red Lentil Soup
With a bag of red lentils (Masoor Dal), you can have a delicious Mediterranean soup to serve for a high-protein light dinner.
This soup is loaded with veggies like carrots, onion, garlic, and celery. Top with Greek yogurt or sour cream.
42. White Bean Salad
Are you looking for delicious vegetarian Mediterranean recipes? This white bean salad is for you.
To make this delicious salad recipe, you need canned cannellini beans, chopped cucumber, red onion, bell pepper, halved cherry tomatoes, chopped Kalamata olives, olive oil, oregano, red wine vinegar, and crumbled feta cheese.
In the Arabic language, shakshuka means “all mixed up” and we’re here for that mentality.
For traditional shakshuka, you need extra virgin olive oil, onion, bell pepper, sea salt, garlic, tomato paste, smoked paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes, crushed tomatoes, cilantro, black pepper, crumbled feta cheese, and eggs.
Use pita chips or crusty bread for dipping.
Feta cheese can be found in lots of Mediterranean recipes, and we love how creamy and delicious it is.
For this jumbo shrimp recipe, you need shallots, plenty of garlic cloves, canned tomatoes, cumin, red pepper flakes, dried oregano, fresh mint, and a dash of crushed red pepper flakes.
Made with delicious tender halibut, this sheet pan fish dinner is made with veggies that include green beans and cherry tomatoes.
Seasoning for this colorful Mediterranean dish comes from garlic, thyme, and fresh lemon juice.
Who doesn’t love a good pasta dish?
This Mediterranean pasta made with olive oil is vegan and vegetarian, so it’s a great Mediterranean dish to serve to everyone.
47. Salmon Soup
You can use fresh salmon to make a hearty stew that’s perfect for a cold day.
This salmon soup is made with celery, bacon, potatoes, garlic, chicken stock, frozen corn, and heavy cream.
Roasted cauliflower with curry is an excellent side dish for any Mediterranean meal.
For this cauliflower recipe, you need extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, cumin, curry powder, Spike Seasoning, sea salt, and black pepper.
How about a smorgasbord of Mediterranian diet food?
This delicious breakfast meal idea is loaded with sliced cucumber, tzatziki, an olive selection, different types of cheese, grapes, and more.
50. Salmon Kabobs
Eating the Mediterranean way doesn’t require you to give up your favorite outdoor grilling.
With these delicious salmon kabobs, you can grill away. While you’ve got your grill nice and hot, go ahead and grill your veggies, too.
Moroccan fish is a popular Mediterranean dish that’s made with tilapia.
Veggies include garbanzo beans, garlic, and diced tomatoes.
The secret to the perfect Moroccan fish lies in the spices: coriander, smoked paprika, onion powder, cumin, and tomato paste.
Mushroom lovers, this recipe is for you!
For this delicious roasted veggie dinner, you need eggplant, garlic, butternut squash, scallions (green onions), and shiitake mushrooms.
For falafel, you need garlic, chickpeas, onion, broccoli florets, coriander, cumin, parsley, and black pepper.
This chicken mixture is perfect with a pita as a sandwich. Use black olives and sambal to make it perfect. Serve with fresh fruit for a real treat.
54. Tabouli Salad
Sometimes called Tabbouleh, tabouli is a classic recipe for Lebanese salad.
For this salad, you need tomatoes, green onions, fresh parsley, and bulgur wheat.
One way to get in lots of veggies is by juicing.
This simple green juice recipe is loaded with essential nutrients because it’s made with kale, fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger, cucumber slices, celery stalks, and Granny Smith apples.
Sauteed shrimp was never so easy before.
This recipe makes the most of delicious garden zucchini and fresh jumbo shrimp. You can also use frozen shrimp to make this Mediterranean dish.
The seasoning in this recipe is simple: lemon juice, butter, garlic, salt, and chopped parsley.
To make a classic Italian baked chicken, we recommend using a young fryer chicken, but you can use any type of chicken, including chicken breasts or chicken leg quarters.
The secret to the perfect Italian chicken is to dry the chicken very well after rinsing it off.
It’s time to branch out and try some new types of grain, and whole-wheat couscous is a great way to start.
This recipe is made with vegetable broth, but you can also use chicken broth if you prefer. We love the idea of adding raisins to this dish.
Most people love a steaming bowl of creamy tomato basil soup, but when you roast the tomatoes for this classic soup, you get a burst of sun dried tomato flavor.
Other ingredients in this tomato soup are garlic, onion, thyme, olive oil, vegetable stock, and fresh lemon juice.
60. Watermelon Salad
It may seem unusual to see watermelon in a salad, but when paired with other cool foods such as fresh mint leaves and cucumbers, you have one cool salad!
Other ingredients in this salad are feta cheese crumbles, fresh lime juice, and olive oil.
This Mediterranean salad made with cucumbers and tomatoes will be at home with any meal, even summer BBQ.
To make this classic Mediterranean tomato and cucumber salad, you need chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, a hot red pepper, chopped green onion (scallions), fresh lemon juice, cilantro, and sea salt.
Do you want more Mediterranean diet recipe ideas? Check out this video below that has 12 bonus Mediterranean diet recipe options you can make if you love Middle Eastern cuisine and foods from around the Mediterranean Sea area. Who knew the Mediterranean diet could be so delicious?
Our 60+ BEST Mediterranean Recipes (+Loaded Chickpea Mediterranean Salad)
- 1 can drained chickpeas
- 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup cucumber slices
- 1 diced bell pepper
- 1/2 cup sliced onion
- 1/3 cup sliced kalamata olives
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 1/4 cup Greek feta cheese
- Reduced fat dressing
- Toss all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add dressing and stir.
Use in or with your favorite recipe.