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    The 40 BEST Vegetarian Mediterranean Recipes

    Collage of four Vegetarian Mediterranean dishes.

    Our Top Mediterranean Vegetarian Dishes:

    1. Gigantes Plaki

    Treat your taste buds to an authentic Greek experience with this gigantes plaki recipe. It is pure magic when simple ingredients come effortlessly together.

    This comforting and absolutely delicious dish is all about these giant butter beans, baked in a delightful tomato sauce with loads of olive oil and yummy seasonings. So good.

    Get the Recipe: Gigantes Plaki

    2. Pasta alla Norma

    Pasta alla Norma is the ultimate in Sicilian comfort food! It’s a straightforward dish, delicately seasoned with herbs so that the eggplant can really shine.

    This meal is perfect for company, and it’s so good that you’ll find yourself craving pasta alla norma over and over again.

    Get the Recipe: Pasta alla Norma

    3. Ratatouille

    Get ready for ratatouille – a veggie classic!

    Imagine softened eggplant, zucchini, and yellow squash, all cooked to perfection in a tomato sauce full to bursting with fresh herbs and generously drizzled with olive oil, sounds yummy right?

    This famous French vegetable stew is not just for vegetarians and vegans, it’s a crowd-pleaser too!

    So whip up a big pot of this easy culinary masterpiece and feel like a master chef in no time.

    Get the Recipe: Ratatouille

    4. Greek Salad (Horiatiki)

    Next time you’re craving a fresh salad, why not go Greek style?

    It involves fresh cucumbers, juicy cherry tomatoes, tangy red onions, savory olives, capers and creamy feta, all tossed in a simple herb dressing. Boom, this simple yet mind-blowing salad is ready to rock your summertime.

    Get the Recipe: Greek Salad

    5. Tuscan White Bean Soup (Ribollita)

    Tuscan white bean soup is perfect for all you bread lovers seeking a bowl of soul-warming comfort!

    This hearty soup is made with simple ingredients like white beans, seasonal fall and winter veggies, and then layered with slices of day-old bread. And please dont forget to top it off with a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

    We think it’s the ultimate remedy for the winter blues.

    Get the Recipe: Ribollita

    6. Cherry Tomato Confit 

    Get ready to celebrate summer’s bounty with this awesome cherry tomato confit. It’s a breeze to make and super versatile. We like it with pasta, as an accompaniment to grilled fish or just slathered onto a fresh chunk of baguette.

    You only need a couple of bunches of cherry tomatoes, a generous glug of olive oil, a handful of garlic cloves and a few herbs. Et voila!

    Get the Recipe: Cherry Tomato Confit 

    7. Baba Ganoush 

    Ever tried baba ganoush? If not, this rich, creamy and smokey dip will convert even the most vocal of eggplant haters.

    With just a few ingredients, you’ve got yourself an awesome party pleaser. This dip from the eastern Mediterranean makes eggplant really shine.

    Trust us, you won’t settle for any store-bought dips for your future gatherings.

    Get the Recipe: Baba Ganoush 

    8. Tabbouleh

    If you’re on the hunt for a fresh salad recipe, slightly different to the norm, look no further… Tabbouleh is the one for you!

    This amazing Levantine salad is loaded with herby flavors from tons of fresh parsley, veggie power from tomatoes and cucumber, and a hearty bite from bulgur wheat. And when you add that simple homemade dressing, it’s just pure perfection.

    Get the Recipe:Tabbouleh

    9. Pomodoro Pasta

    This super easy pomodoro pasta is the perfect fix when you’re in the mood for Italian but also want something light and delicious.

    All you need for this Italian classic sauce is olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, basil, and a pinch of red chili flakes. It’s thick, smooth, and goes well with any pasta shape you love.

    Get the Recipe: Pomodoro Pasta

    10. Moroccan Lentil Soup

    Spice up your regular lentils with this delicious Moroccan lentil soup!

    The spices called into action for this recipe don’t overload the flavor, they aren’t hot hot, just a little something to boost the flavor of the lentils.

    This one will totally transform your opinion of a bowl of lentils.

    Get the Recipe: Moroccan Lentil Soup

    11. Moutabal

    Moutabal is a super tasty Middle Eastern eggplant dip that’s simply irresistible and is something of a sister to the baba ganoush we described earlier.

    It’s made with creamy roasted eggplant, that is perked up with lemon juice, yogurt, tahini, and a generous drizzle of olive oil. This one is a seriously fantastic addition to your appetizer spread.

    Get the Recipe: Moutabal

    12. Caponata – Sicilian Eggplant Relish

    Introducing caponata – Sicily’s sweet and tangy cousin to France’s ratatouille. They’re pretty similar, and both pack loads of flavor, but why not try the Sicilian version anyway and ring the changes!

    It’s made with eggplant, onions, bell peppers, celery, and tomatoes, and sometimes, you can add in some olives and capers to jazz it up more.

    So what are you waiting for? Let battle commence!

    Get the Recipe: Caponata

    13. Fettuccine Alfredo

    This fettuccine alfredo is seriously the best! It’s like creamy Italian bliss that you just can’t get enough of.

    In this, you’ve got perfectly cooked pasta drenched in a decadent creamy cheese sauce. And even better, It only takes about 20 minutes…

    So skip the jarred stuff, and try this pasta delight that is ridiculously quick and easy to whip up with simple ingredients. And trust us, it tastes better than any restaurant.

    Get the Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo

    14. Easy Authentic Falafel 

    You won’t be able to resist stopping at just one falafel! This authentic falafel recipe will blow your mind with how easy it is to make this delight at home.

    These are made with mashed chickpeas or fava beans, mixed with spices and herbs and then fried in balls.

    Toss them on a salad, stuff them in a pita, or just dip them in sauces. Seriously, they’re so good and truly addictive.

    So get ready to try some seriously delicious falafel goodness.

    Get the Recipe: Falafel

    15. Pisto (Spanish Vegetable Stew)

    Pisto is the superstar tapa that you’ll find in every Spanish restaurant!

    It’s an amazing veggie stew cooked to perfection in a delicious tomato sauce, with a generous drizzle of good old olive oil.

    You’ll want to mop up every last morsel.

    Get the Recipe: Pisto

    16. Penne alla Vodka

    Next time you’re craving pasta, why not give this restaurant favorite a go in your kitchen? It’s the perfect combo of tomato sauce and cream, and all thanks to that secret ingredient.

    Give it a shot on its own or throw in some extras. Either way, you’re in for an awesome pasta dinner.

    Get the Recipe: Penne alla Vodka

    17. Menemen (Turkish Scrambled Eggs)

    Menemen is the ultimate in scrambled eggs!

    You’ve got hearty, delicious eggs accompanied by a simple yet vibrant and tasty mixture of tomato, onion, and a few subtle seasonings. So good!

    It’s perfect for a filling breakfast, quick lunch, or comforting dinner, you just need to nail the cooking technique for these authentic Turkish scrambled eggs…

    Get the Recipe: Menemen

    18. Greek Lemon Rice

    This Greek lemon rice recipe is definitely a game-changer!

    It’s super easy to make using simple ingredients, but it seriously takes your rice to a whole new level.

    This is the ideal side dish for so many of your favorite Mediterranean dishes. Trust us, you have to try it.

    Get the Recipe: Greek Lemon Rice

    19. Fasolakia (Greek Green Beans)

    Fasolakia is a delicious and wholesome meal that’s beloved in Greek households, highlighting the fresh and tasty ingredients of the Mediterranean.

    Whether you’re a fan of Greek cuisine or giving it a try for the first time, fasolakia lathera will definitely win your heart.

    It’s perfect as a side dish or even as a meatless main. Enjoy.

    Get the Recipe: Fasolakia

    20. Ful Medames (Egyptian Fava Beans)

    Get ready to explore a mouthwatering blend of creamy fava beans, spicy jalapeños, and aromatic garlic in this amazing fava bean dip, Egyptian style. It’s so good, you won’t be able to resist!

    Ideal for nights in or festive get-togethers, this dip brings a fresh and addictive flavor to every scoop.

    So, gather your loved ones, and dig into this one-of-a-kind delicious dip that has been loved for generations.

    Get the Recipe: Ful Medames

    21. Fasolada (Greek White Bean Soup)

    Fasolada is the greatest Greek comfort food and a perfect winter warmer!

    This hearty, healthy, and homely white bean soup is simmered with everyday aromatics like onions, garlic, tomatoes, and celery. But the real magic happens when it gets a good drizzle of olive oil at the end.

    And the result is seriously velvety, creamy, and fantastic! You’re going to absolutely love it. No wonder it’s the national dish of Greece.

    Get the Recipe: Fasolada

    22. Sicilian Pasta

    If you’re looking for a delicious new pasta recipe, this one is just for you!

    This Sicilian pasta is packed with flavor from mixed olives, capers, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, and some amazing flavor boosters such as parmesan, chili flakes and white wine.

    It’s a light meal, perfect for meatless nights, and it comes together super fast. This beautiful dish can be your go-to for an easy weeknight dinner or for a special occasion meal.

    Get the Recipe: Sicilian Pasta

    23. Mediterranean Omelette

    Jazz up your breakfast routine with this delicious and super-easy Mediterranean omelette!

    It’s got that Mediterranean flair and is bursting with fresh flavors and simple goodness. You just need a few basic ingredients to kickstart your day with protein and loads of veggie goodness from the cherry tomatoes and spinach.

    Trust us, once you try it, you’ll be hooked.

    Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Omelette

    24. Spanish Summer Salad (Pipirrana)

    This summer, If you’re looking to cool off, why not try this awesome Spanish salad called pipirrana?

    It’s got fresh sweet tomatoes, crunchy peppers, cool cucumbers and some ripe olives for that extra kick. And yes, don’t forget to add some boiled eggs for a protein boost.

    It can be a great sidekick to any grilled dish or any meal in general. Give it a try, you’ll love this simple dish because sometimes, simple is all we need.

    Get the Recipe: Pipirrana

    25. Zaalouk (Moroccan Eggplant Dip)

    Zaalouk is a seriously mouthwatering eggplant dish from Morocco. It’s usually enjoyed as a dip or salad, but trust us, once you try it, you’ll want to have it with everything!

    In this, the eggplant is paired with tomatoes, garlic, spices, fresh herbs and a good amount of olive oil. It’s one of those dishes where a handful of simple ingredients somehow work their magic together.

    Get the Recipe: Zaalouk

    26. Olive Tapenade

    This Mediterranean recipe is so simple. But don’t let that deceive you, it’s a taste explosion.

    This tasty snack with olives as the star, goes perfectly with fresh bread and a chilled glass of white wine. Such a fantastic way to savor the last bit of summer!

    Whether you’re enjoying some “me-time” or bringing it to a friend’s place as an appetizer, it’s a winner.

    Get the Recipe: Olive Tapenade

    27. Mediterranean Pasta

    This Mediterranean pasta is going to be your new go-to for weeknight dinners. It’s ridiculously quick, 20 minutes quick, and the flavors are absolutely fantastic.

    This could make a brilliant ‘Meatless Monday’ dinner, and you can customize it with your protein of choice.

    It’s a real family pleaser.

    Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Pasta

    28. Lebanese Batata Harra

    Give your regular, humble potatoes an exotic makeover with this Lebanese batata harrah, you will love the delicious tastes and flavors of the Middle East!

    It will instantly light up your taste buds, and if you’re a fan of fresh herbs, you might just get addicted to this combination.

    It’s seriously the perfect side dish to elevate your everyday meal.

    Get the Recipe: Batata Harra

    29. Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce – Tzatziki

    Tzatziki is a dip, spread AND sauce. Pretty cool, right?

    Imagine refreshing grated cucumbers mixed in thick creamy yogurt, with a hint of zingy garlic and fresh lemon, topped with fresh green herbs. And even better, it’s ready in just 15 minutes.

    So enjoy this cooling tzatziki with anything and everything.

    Get the Recipe: Tzatziki

    30. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

    This Mediterranean quinoa salad is the perfect light and tasty side dish for your summertime vibes.

    Just mix some quinoa, veggies, Mediterranean staples, and a zesty lemon dressing. That’s all you need!

    It’s a fantastic dish for those hot, grilling nights and is always popular at potlucks.

    Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

    31. Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza

    This Mediterranean flatbread pizza is packed with all the Mediterranean goodies, popping with mouthwatering flavors in every single bite.

    They’re the quickest snack ever, whether a sudden need for food has been sprung upon you, or you need some easy appetizers for a crowd. Flatbread pizzas cover all the bases.

    Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Flatbread

    32.  Shakshuka

    Shakshuka will take your breakfast game to a whole new level of yumminess!

    With all the amazing flavors from the herbs and spices, this Middle Eastern classic will be a top contender for all egg lovers.

    Get the Recipe: Shakshuka

    33. Eggplant Parmesan

    Do you enjoy Italian cuisine? How about comfort food? Well, this eggplant parmesan is the ultimate best of both worlds!

    You can make it healthier, but hey, why mess with the perfection, right?

    Just follow this super easy recipe using the oven or Crockpot® method and wow everyone.

    Get the Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan

    34. Pesto alla Genovese

    Are you ready for this classic, fresh taste of summer?

    Grab yourself a big spoonful of this vibrant, flavorful, green, nutty, garlicky sauce – Pesto alla Genovese. It’s going to be your new favorite homemade pesto.

    Trust us, no store-bought sauce can even come CLOSE to this homemade version. Absolutely no chance!

    Get the Recipe: Pesto alla Genovese

    35. Cherry Tomato Gratin

    This gorgeous and light cherry tomato gratin casserole is super easy to make.

    In just a few minutes, you’ll have a dish that explodes with juicy flavors and delightful textures.

    Get the Recipe: Cherry Tomato Gratin

    36. Tyrokafteri (Spicy Greek Feta Dip)

    If you’re into feta cheese, dips, and a bit of spice, then tyrokafteri is a definite must-try for you!

    It’s tangy, salty, creamy, and just a little spicy, so give this tasty flavor explosion a shot at your next hang-out or potluck.

    Get the Recipe: Tyrokafteri

    37. Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Dip)

    Melitzanosalata is a super tasty Greek eggplant dip that uses simple ingredients to create some amazing flavors!

    And we bet this recipe is going to be the new star of your dip spread.

    Pair it with pita bread or alongside your favorite grilled dishes, and simply devour.

    Get the Recipe: Melitzanosalata

    38. Homemade Hummus

    Got a get-together coming up? This smooth and creamy homemade hummus will steal the show on your appetizer spread!

    It features rich tahini and chickpeas mixed with tangy, fresh lemon juice. and a tiny hint of garlic. Top it off with some toasty pine nuts, and it’s ready.

    You simply can’t resist a nicely decorated hummus, scoop-ready with some pita or crunchy snacks.

    Get the Recipe: Hummus

    39. Green Beans Almondine

    This French classic green beans almondine is an absolute must for this year’s holiday entertaining, it will take those humble lil’ green beans to the next level!

    Just toss with browned butter, toasted almonds, shallots, garlic, and a squeeze of lemon to brighten it up in the end, and it’s ready to roll.

    This one is not just fancy, but totally delicious and has an elegant simplicity to it, Enjoy.

    Get the Recipe: Green Beans Almondine

    40. Baked Feta

    Check out this heavenly baked feta- a cheese experience like no other! It’s a total game-changer for your next gathering!

    Super easy to whip up, but bursting with flavor! This creamy cheesiness will have everyone delighted, the moment they dip their bread in.

    It’s like taking a mini-trip to the Mediterranean directly from your kitchen…

    Get the Recipe: Baked Feta

    So there you have it, 40 amazing Mediterranean Vegetarian Recipes! We hope you found this collection useful. There’s so many tasty recipe to choose from!

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    40 BEST Mediterranean Vegetarian Recipes

    Discover our top Mediterranean vegetarian dishes! From soups to pastas and so much more, these recipes are packed with flavors.


    • Ingredients
    • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
    • ½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 28oz canned whole San Marzano tomatoes, crushed
    • 10-15 fresh basil leaves
    • salt, to taste
    • pepper, to taste
    • sugar, to taste
    • 12oz uncooked pasta


    1. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, sauté for one minute.
    2. Add in halved cherry tomatoes. Cook for 5 minutes.
    3. Add crushed tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
    4. While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add in pasta, and cook to al dente. Reserve a cup of the pasta water before draining.
    5. Remove from heat, stir in the basil leaves, and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.
    6. Taste and adjust for salt, pepper and sugar.
    7. Return the sauce to the pot and stir in the pasta until well combined. If you prefer a thinner consistency, gradually stir in some of the reserved pasta water.
    8. Serve and enjoy.

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