Do you love Mediterranean cuisine? If so, you have come to the right place! We love sharing recipes from all around the world. For today’s post, we are collecting over forty Mediterranean recipes from GypsyPlate and around the internet focusing on the shores of that ancient sea.
Grab a glass of your favorite wine, and make sure you’ve stocked up on olive oil, we know you’re going to find some of your new favorites here!
Spanning many cultures, Mediterranean cuisine is quite varied in nature. The culinary treasures of the region have long histories which have evolved over time into some of the most delicious recipes in the world.
The cuisine of the northern portion of the sea is often said to be based around three core elements: olive oil, bread and wine.
The eastern and southern shores, comprised of the Levantine region and northern Africa, are dominated by interesting blends of spices that may seem exotic to the unfamiliar palate.
Whatever the shore, the region’s food, influenced by it’s warm climate and proximity to the sea, also feature an abundance of fresh vegetables and a delectable assortment of seafood.
The Mediterranean Diet
The concept of the Mediterranean diet arose in the 1960’s and was based on the perceived health benefits of the diets of Greece, Italy and Spain. It emphasizes fruits and veggies, olive oil, unrefined grains, legumes and fish, with other things in moderation.
For clarity, these recipes are based on the cuisine of the entire Mediterranean region, rather than the diet. That being said, many of them share the same principles of the diet.
Table of Contents
- Mediterranean Breakfasts
- Mediterranean Appetizers
- Mediterranean Soups
- Mediterranean Main Dishes
- Mediterranean Side Dishes
- Mediterranean Desserts
- Mediterranean Flavor Enhancers
Go beyond your basic scrambled eggs with these great breakfast recipes.
Shakshuka is a dish of tender eggs poached in a perfectly spiced tomato based sauce. It is most commonly associated with Northern Africa, specifically Morocco and Tunisia, but is starting to gain fame around the world as an exotic and tasty breakfast option.
Spanish Omelette (Tortilla)
Though this Spanish omelette features just a few humble ingredients, mainly eggs, potatoes and onions, the end result is amazingly delicious. The secret? Potatoes stewed in olive oil.
Ham and Swiss Quiche
Quiche is a famous French egg casserole with many different fillings and variations. This recipe uses ham and Swiss cheese as it’s flavorings and has a unique twist: it’s crustless!
From the tapas tables of Spain to the mezze platters in the east, you’ll always find an amazing array of appetizers bordering the Mediterranean sea.
Gambas al Ajillo
Gambas al Ajillo, or Spanish Garlic Shrimp, is a quick and decadent appetizer. Similar to scampi, it replaces butter with olive oil and a splash of sherry.
Espinacas con Garbanzos
Another famous tapas hailing from Spain is Espinacas con Garbanzos, or spinach with chick peas. As simple as that may sound, with the addition of bacon, warm seasonings and a nice drizzle of olive oil this one is sure to impress guests.
Perhaps no single food better represents Mediterranean food than the olive. This tapenade is packed with three different varieties along with a good dose of olive oil. Add in a few other flavor enhancers and you have one great spread or dip.
This Greek spanikopita is a great make ahead party appetizer. Phyllo dough stuffed with a spinach and feta filling and drenched in olive oil. You better make a big batch, this one will go fast!
This Greek cucumber yogurt sauce may be most well known as a gyro condiment, but it is one of my favorite dips for crackers and veggies.
This Sicilian recipe consists of chopped eggplant, veggies and seasonings, and our good friend olive oil. It can be used as a side dish for seafood, but I love it as a dip on my appetizer table.
While we’re cooking with eggplant, this moutabal from the Levantine region is another great dip. It’s similar to baba ganoush, but has less variety of veggies, allowing the eggplant to really shine.
Wrapping up our favorite appetizers, who doesn’t love a good hummus? Though you can find a huge assortment in the grocery store, nothing beats the freshness and customization of homemade.
Who says bean soup has to be boring? This Greek white bean soup is packed with flavors from a nice amount of great herbs and a generous dousing of olive oil. Olive oil… see the pattern yet?
Italian Wedding Soup
This great Italian soup combines meatballs, beans, pasta and veggies in an amazing broth. Fun fact: The name doesn’t mean it’s served at weddings, but rather refers to the “marriage” of flavors!
Moroccan Lentil Soup
If you thought lentil soup was boring, think again! This soup beautifully combines an exotic array of spices that will make you think your dining in a café on the southwest coast of the Med.
If you’re unfamiliar with the cuisine of that tiny island nation south of Sicily, this soup is a great place to start. At it’s heart, it is a simple bean soup. But the ingredients blend into a magical concoction.
Mediterranean Main Dishes
So much to choose from! Mediterranean mains feature a lot of fresh veggies, frequently have fresh seafood from their ancient sea, and usually involve a good dousing of olive oil!
Mediterranean Fish with Tapenade
To start our main dish section, I am going with one of my favorite seafood recipes. This Mediterranean fish is perfectly baked and topped with an olive and tomato tapenade. Perfection!
Chicken Provençal is a classic recipe from the south of France. Tender, melt in your mouth chicken braised in wine with olives and fresh herbs. Oh là là.
Did I mention they eat a lot of seafood around the Med? These Portuguese mussels are cooked in the most amazing sauce. As fancy as they look, you can whip this treat up in under 30 minutes!
Who doesn’t love a good meatball? This Greek recipe takes your basic meatballs in tomato sauce recipe to a new level with a the help of exotic spices and a nice splash of red wine.
These Greek kebabs feature tender, perfectly marinated chicken and an array of fresh veggies. They go great in pita bread or make a complete low carb meal on a stick!
Mediterranean Zucchini Boats
Imagine your favorite stuffed zucchini with a light and fresh Mediterranean twist. A perfect amount of herbs, feta cheese and pine nuts give great flavors to this easy and low carb recipe.
This Moroccan chicken is seasoned with an amazing combination of exotic herbs and spices and then braised into tender perfection. You can’t miss this one!
While we’re on the topic of Greek food, this psari plaki, or baked fish, is sure to be a hit. The tomato based sauce is so flavorful that my onionphobic husband doesn’t even mind picking around the onions!
Pesto Bruschetta Chicken
Liven up that chicken breast with this amazing recipe. Fresh mozzarella, pesto sauce, pine nuts, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil atop a perfectly baked chicken cutlet. Only 10 minutes hands on time and your oven does the rest. Plus, it’s a great keto friendly option.
If you’re looking for a special occasion dish, this might be it! This famous Spanish rice dish is fully loaded with veggies, chicken, chorizo sausage and tons of great seafood. Though it looks intimidating, this one only take 45 minutes!
Mediterranean Braised Chicken
This Mediterranean style chicken is braised in a red wine based sauce until it’s fall off the bone tender. It’s like coq au vin taken to the next level with an abundance of herbs and the unique sweetness of apricots.
This branzino, or European Sea Bass, is grilled to tender perfection and loaded with fresh herbs and olive oil. Just one look and there’s no doubt this is how they eat on the Mediterranean coast!
Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers
These colorful stuffed peppers are packed with ground beef, pearled cous cous, veggies and that perfect trio of Med flavors: kalamata olives, feta cheese and toasted pine nuts!
These Turkish chicken doner kebabs are marinated in yogurt and spices, resulting in tender delicious morsels. And they’re so versatile. Perfect for a kebab night, in wraps or pitas, or atop your favorite salad.
Greek Steak Salad Bowl
When you’re feeling bowly, this Greek steak salad bowl is the perfect solution. It’s packed with veggies, protein and healthy grains.
Mediterranean Side Dishes
Looking for some interesting new side dishes? Look no further than the Ancient shores of the Med. This collection of recipes will make you forget all about your baked potatoes and steamed broccoli!
This humble Spanish summer salad is packed with flavor and freshness. If you happen upon some nice vine ripened tomatoes, be sure to give this one a try!
Tortellini Pasta Salad
This loaded tortellini pasta salad is so hearty it could easily pass for a main, but I love it alongside some nice grilled meats or fresh fish. Make a big batch, as leftovers make for great lunches.
Tabbouleh is a Levantine salad of veggies, bulgur, loads of fresh herbs and plenty of olive oil. It’s cool, refreshing and oh so delicious!
Give your humble potatoes an exotic makeover. This tasty Lebanese side dish is loaded with inviting spices and fresh herbs.
Cherry Tomato Gratin
This gorgeous cherry tomato gratin is a light yet delicious casserole that only takes five minutes of hands on time. This one makes a tasty side dish but also looks great on an appetizer spread.
Israeli Couscous Salad
This Israeli couscous salad is packed with light and fresh flavors. It goes especially well with grilled or baked chicken or fish dishes and makes a great make ahead potluck dish.
If you want to round out your feast with some amazing desserts, try these delicious and varied sweet treats!
This Greek and Turkish dessert just screams decadent. Flaky phyllo layered with a ground mixture of nuts and spices and drenched with plenty of honey and melted butter. This is pure rich deliciousness!
Moroccan Orange Cake
This is your basic cake taken to a whole new level. Orange juice and Moroccan flavorings make for such an amazingly delicious cake you won’t even want to bother with frosting!
This berry loaded dessert gives a fresh twist to that famous Italian cake. If you love fresh fruit in your dessert, just one look at this tiramisu should have you salivating!
Mediterranean Flavor Enhancers
I always say, to GET flavor in your food you have to PUT flavor in your food! This sauces and seasonings will do the job beautifully!
Of all the famous Italian sauces, pesto may be the most versatile. It’s great in pasta, as a marinade or dressing, as a crostini dipper, and so many more ways… Skip the store bought, this fresh homemade sauce only takes 5 minutes!
Zaatar Spice Blend
If you are a lover of different seasoning blends, you have to add this North African Zaatar to your arsenal. A flavorful combination of herbs, spices and sesame seeds, this will add a new flair to your cooking.
North African Chermoula
Chermoula is an herby marinade from North Africa, most commonly used with seafood, but I love these flavors on any other meats or veggies. Think chimichurri with an exotic twist!
This Greek seasoning is another of my favorite spice blends. It’s a perfect rub for meats, and a sprinkling of it a great way to spruce of just about anything!
Preserved lemons are lemons that have been brined in salt water, creating a wonderful condiment. Many Moroccan dishes are incomplete without these marinated gems.
We hope you enjoy this collection of great Mediterranean recipes and find some new favorites. What are you going to try first?
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- 2 cups basil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup pine nuts
- 1/4 cup Parmigiano cheese (or other hard cheese)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Rinse basil and remove leaves from stem. Peel garlic.
- Add basil leaves, garlic cloves, cheese, salt and pine nuts to blender or food processor. Pulse a few times until ingredients are blended into a coarse mixture.
- Drizzle in olive oil and pulse blender until all ingredients are well mixed. If needed, scrape sides of blender to ensure everything is evenly mixed.
- Add lemon juice and again pulse.
- Taste and adjust salt, garlic and cheese to your taste.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 173Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 3mgSodium 203mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 2g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.
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