Are you looking to up your starter game? Impress your guests with some delicious Greek Appetizers!
Whether you’re throwing a dinner party or simply snacking, these easy and flavorful dishes are sure to make a lasting impression.
From traditional spreads like tzatziki and tyrokafteri, to more elaborate options like fritters and chicken skewers, there’s something for everyone in this list of Greek appetizers.
Cook your way through all of these amazing dishes. We bet your guests will be asking for the recipes!
1. Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Dip)
Melitzanosalata, or Greek Eggplant Dip, will be your new star appetizer for get-togethers.
Creamy, smoky roasted eggplant is mixed with a good dose of quality extra virgin oil, along with a few other flavor enhancers. It’s super simple to make, yet the end result will wow the crowd.
All you need is a big pile of pita bread for scooping, then watch your guests dig in with gusto!
2. Keftedes (Greek Meatballs)
This recipe for Keftedes is a traditional meatball appetizer or side dish that is loved by everyone.
They are lightly floured and pan-fried till slightly crisp, setting them apart from other meatballs. Plus, they are well seasoned with spices and fresh herbs.
You will love to add these Keftedes to your mezze platter along with pita, cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, and tzatziki sauce.
It’s a super hit Greek appetizer that will surely impress everyone.
3. Greek Chicken Souvlaki
These amazing Greek Chicken Souvlaki will leave you amazed by how a few humble ingredients can be transformed into a classy Greek appetizer.
Marinate your bite-sized chicken chunks with lemon juice, oregano, and garlic, and then skewer and grill, bake, or sear to juicy perfection. It only takes 20 minutes of hands-on time, and that’s it.
The best part is that you can serve this classic souvlaki in many different ways and make it stunning every time. Let us know which way is your favorite!
4. Tyrokafteri (Spicy Greek Feta Dip)
If you’re a fan of feta cheese and a spicy kick, Tyrokafteri is for you.
This tangy, salty, creamy, and fiery dip is made with feta cheese, hot peppers, creamy Greek yogurt, olive oil, and other flavor enhancers that make it simply outstanding.
It makes a fun and classy entertainment appetizer that is best paired with warm pitas, fresh veggies, and some olives, or add it to your mezze platter. It will taste fabulous with anything.
Your friends and family won’t be able to get enough of this super flavorful dip!
This beloved Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce is super versatile. It can be a delicious dip, an amazing sauce, or even a tasty spread. It will make everything taste amazing in whatever form you make it.
Mix your Greek yogurt with shredded cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and some fresh herbs like dill, mint, and parsley. These ingredients make it a cool, refreshing, and super addictive dip.
Make this incredible Greek Tzatziki at your get-togethers, and we are certain it will be a massive hit with the crowd!
6. Shrimp Saganaki (Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta)
If you’re looking for a one-skillet recipe that is super easy to whip up and is great for parties, then try this amazing Greek-flavored Shrimp Saganaki.
You will be amazed by the incredible flavor combo that happens when juicy shrimp is cooked with garlicky, savory tomato sauce and then finished off with salty feta cheese.
Serve this excellent shrimp dish with your favorite bread or pasta. There are many more serving options included in this recipe to get the best out of this dish.
You will see instant joy on everyone’s faces!
7. Greek Salad (Horiatiki)
Horiatiki, an authentic Greek Village salad, uses all fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, which makes this salad as tasty as it is healthy.
It features fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, sliced onions, Kalamata olives, and capers all mixed together and then topped with a slab of real feta cheese and sprinkled with oregano, olive oil, and red wine dressing. That’s it. Your classic Greek Salad is ready to devour!
It’s simple yet super addictive, as you will get all the real tastes of each and every ingredient. Give it a try, and you will surely add this classy salad to your favorites repertoire.
8. Mediterranean Flatbread
No more rolling out pizza dough or calling the pizza guy. Take a shortcut with this ultimate Mediterranean Flatbread recipe. It’s super easy and quick to make when a serious pizza craving hits.
This super delicious flatbread is loaded with all of the Mediterranean staple ingredients, and every bite is pure happiness! All it takes is just 20 minutes of your time.
It’s just perfect for when you want a quick family meal or an amazing appetizer for your company.
Next time you’re thinking of making meatballs, give this Greek Soutzoukakia a try. We bet it’s easier to make than to pronounce!
These juicy meatballs will be showstoppers at any special occasion. They are loaded with aromatics, spices, and fresh herbs and then smothered in super tasty cinnamon wine-enhanced tomato sauce.
You can make this straightforward recipe with a stovetop, crockpot, or instant pot. All instructions are included in the recipe.
We are sure you will love this Greek version of your new comfort food.
10. Avgolemono Soup
Take your perfect chilly night or under-the-weather chicken noodle soup to the next level of Greek deliciousness by making this incredible Avgolemono Soup!
This classic Greek soup uses egg and lemon to make a silky, creamy broth, and with so many comforting ingredients, this recipe makes for a bowl of soothing goodness.
In just 30 minutes, you can create the best soup that everyone at home will fall in love with.
11. Loaded Layered Hummus Dip
Give your favorite hummus a remarkable makeover like never before with this Loaded Layered Hummus Dip recipe.
This luscious hummus is perfect for a party or potluck appetizer. It’s made with hummus topped with a generous amount of olive oil, perfectly seasoned ground beef, a colorful garnish, and plenty of toasted pine nuts, giving this dip delicious Greek vibes.
Make sure you serve good scooping foods to enjoy this awesome hummus. It will be the hit dish of any night!
12. Baked Feta
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13. Mezze Platter
This Mezze Platter can be a classy appetizer to any of your get-togethers and will simply impress everyone.
You really can’t go wrong with this platter. Simply arrange a variety of dips, cheeses, olives, raw vegetables, and pita bread triangles on a huge platter. You can make some or all of the dips at home or simply use store-bought dips to save time.
Go through some tips, and make sure you serve this in a perfectly amazing way.
It looks gorgeous, tastes awesome, and is sure to be a star appetizer of the night!
14. Spanakopita Triangles
Have you made Spanakopita Triangles, a traditional Greek appetizer yet? If not, then this recipe will help you to whip up some delicious handheld appetizers that will be an instant hit with your loved ones.
This phyllo pastry is filled with seasoned spinach and feta cheese and then baked to golden, crispy perfection. It is a bit of labor of love, but it’s worth every bit of effort you put in.
Serve these triangles with your favorite dips, or add them to your beloved mezze platter. It can be paired deliciously with anything!
Learn to make excellent Greek Dolmades at home with the help of this recipe, and make your family a delicious handheld appetizer that is super hard to resist.
These wraps are made with vine or grape leaves that are stuffed with a mixture of rice and herbs, rolled perfectly, and then cooked to perfection. Follow all tips and tricks to make it amazing!
Serve this Greek specialty with lime wedges and tzatziki to get the ultimate experience.
16. Fried Halloumi Greek Cheese
If you have not yet tried Fried Halloumi Cheese, then you are missing out on a seriously delicious treat.
This pan-fried Halloumi cheese is simple, delectable, and bursting with lemon, garlic, and mint flavors that make it extra special.
Follow these cooking techniques to make it perfectly soft and gooey, and savor it as a fantastic appetizer. It will be a huge hit with everyone around!
It’s one of our favorite Greek apetizers.
Tyropotakia is a classic Greek pie recipe that will make you super happy and is a delicious appetizer for events.
The phyllo sheet is wrapped with a mixture of Greek feta and ricotta filling, rolled in a triangular shape, and then baked until golden and crispy. That’s it!
You will love every bite of this cheesy, creamy filling and crunchy texture of this pie. Try it, and become a forever fan of this Greek cheese pie!
18. Marinated Feta Cheese
All cheese lovers, this Marinated Feta Cheese is the best, most delicious, and easiest recipe you will ever make.
It will surely impress your guests. The chili and garlic infused oil will marinate the feta cheese so amazingly that it will make a gourmet-style appetizer for you.
Serve this fantastic marinated cheese with crostini, crackers, salad, or pita chips or add it to your mezze platter and uplift your appetizer menu to top-notch.
You will love this Greek appetizer for sure!
19. Dakos Kritikos
Get ready to indulge in the a beloved Greek summer snack with this Dakos Kritikos recipe!
This dish is made with double-baked hard bread and then topped with juicy tomatoes, mizithra cheese, herbs, and lots of extra virgin olive oil to make make it epic every time.
This Greek dish can be an ideal breakfast, lunch, or light dinner that your entire family will adore!
Upgrade your classic mashed potatoes to one of the most loved Greek delicacies, famously known as Skordalia.
This Greek Garlic and Potato dip is the healthiest and the tastiest of them all. Super soft, fluffy mashed potatoes made with garlic, vinegar, and olive oil make it simply divine.
Serve as a dip on a Greek Mezze platter or as a side dish to any of your favorite proteins to make any meal even more delicious!
You will totally love this Greek version of potato dip!
21. Greek Grilled Octopus
Get the famous Mediterranean classic restaurant flavors at home with this Greek Grilled Octopus recipe.
This Greek version is simple, super flavorful, and has a special herb vinaigrette sauce which makes the grilled octopus delicious. It’s made with lemon juice, fresh herbs, and red wine. Instructions for both cooked and raw octopus are included in the recipe.
So what are you waiting for? Fire up your grill and experience the best Mediterranean flavors, and wow everyone! Serve with some grilled potatoes, and enjoy.
22. Saganaki Cheese
A Greek cheese recipe that will make your life easier and your taste buds happier is this Saganaki Cheese!
This Greek fried cheese recipe needs Kefalograviera cheese for the best saganaki. Saganaki is essentially a special and very easy technique to make the cheese crispier on the outside and gooey inside on a skillet.
So go and search for some Kefalograviera cheese, and make this Greek classic appetizer to seriously amaze your family and friends.
23. Greek Nachos
Get ready to elevate your nacho game with this Greek Nachos recipe. It’s a complete one-sheet-pan recipe for minimal clean-up.
The homemade pita chips are arranged on a sheet pan with your favorite Greek toppings and baked to perfection. It will be one of the best nacho recipes you will ever make at home!
These nachos are healthy, light, super flavorful, and can be a great party appetizer for any event.
If you have not yet tried this Taramosalata before, let us introduce you to this special Greek Meze recipe you will definitely enjoy.
This yummy meze is made with rich Tarama fish roe, extra virgin oil, bread, and lemon. Its creamy mayo-like texture but is slightly on the grainy side.
Spread this tasty meze over your favorite bread or crackers, cut-up pita, or roasted green beans and olives, and simply savor a true Greek appetizer.
It’s specially made during the Lent season, but you can enjoy this all year long.
25. Tomatokeftedes – Greek Tomato Fritters
Surprise everyone this summer with these very popular Greek Tomato Fritters, also known as Tomatokeftedes. They make for a healthy snack and taste similar to pizza.
These are made with fresh ingredients. Super ripe and sweet tomatoes, feta cheese, basil, oregano, and sweet red peppers are mixed and fried to golden perfection and then served with Greek yogurt and cream cheese dip.
You will love this flavorful Mediterranean version of fritters which can be the best appetizer for your next summer cookouts or get-togethers.
26. Gigantes Plaki (Greek Baked Beans)
Gigantes Plaki, or Greek Baked Beans, is a classic Greek dish popularly eaten as a satisfying veggie dinner or served with crunchy bread and makes a delicious party appetizer.
This incredible dish is made with simple giant baked beans simmered with chunky tomato sauce with a good dose of extra virgin oil.
Give this Greek delicacy a try, and we assure you, you will add this healthy and delicious dish to your rotational menu. It’s like converting your basic canned food into a mind-blowing appetizer or family meal!
27. Peinirli – Greek Pizza Boats
These Peinirli, or Greek Pizza Boats, can be a great contender to your party appetizer menu, and the three different versions will make them super hit at any event.
They are actually long open pies in the shape of boats containing cheese, butter, and other toppings. They are super fun and easy to make!
This recipe includes three variations to uplift this pizza boat. First is the classic version, with bacon and gruyere. The second is oyster mushroom, and the third is red, yellow, and orange pepper with pancetta cuvette. All these variations make for great Peinirli.
Make these Greek Pizza Boats and make your family and friends super happy. It is also a great Greek alternative for your pizza cravings!
28. Greek Filo Meat Pie (Kreatopita)
All pie lovers, try this Greek Filo Meat Pie known as Kreatopita and see if it becomes your family favorite!
These pies are part of the culinary tradition of Northern Greece, and this one is loved by everyone. To make this meat pie, you just need to follow three simple steps to make it as perfect as this recipe.
You can make this ahead of time to save the prepping time, and it can be eaten as an appetizer for any occasion.
It’s a must-try Greek meat pie recipe!
29. Easy Greek Fava Recipe (Yellow Spilt Pea Puree Dip)
We have one more delicious dip recipe to include in your cheese or mezze platter. It is a traditional and easy Greek Fava, or Yellow Spilt Pea Puree Dip.
It’s just like your beloved hummus. It’s a creamy, super flavorful, simple, and vegan dip. You just need a handful of ingredients that create the best dip ever, just follow this easy recipe and you are done!
You will seriously love this Greek Fava as it’s super addictive.
It will be one of your new favorite dips for sure!
30. Greek Zucchini Fritters (Kolokithokeftedes)
We are ending our list of Greek appetizers with a summer delight, Greek Zucchini Fritters, or Kolokithokeftedes.
We know you must have many fritter recipes, but this Greek style is insanely delicious. Imagine shredded zucchini mixed with feta cheese and lots of herbs, which is then pan-fried till crispy outside and creamy inside texture. With the tips and tricks of this recipe, it’s super easy to make!
Serve these classic fritters with tzatziki or simple Greek yogurt, and make yourself this appetizer treat that everyone will enjoy.
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- 2lb chicken (boneless skinless tenders, breasts or thighs)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- juice of 1 large lemon
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1.5 Tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and place in a ziploc bag. Mix all of the marinade ingredients together and pour it over the chicken. Squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible, then seal. Combine everything well by agitating the bag with your hands, then marinate in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours (or better yet, overnight).
- Skewer the chicken onto metal skewers, or wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes.
- Cook according to your preferred method:Grill Method: Preheat over medium high heat and grill skewers 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally.Oven Method: Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place the skewers on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack. Bake for 15 minutes, then broil for a couple more minutes.Stovetop Method: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook skewers 6-8 minutes per side.
- After cooking, transfer to a serving platter and let rest for 3 minutes before serving.
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