Take your taste buds on a Mediterranean vacation with these fresh and flavorful Greek-inspired food recipes that go way beyond just hummus and pita. We’ve rounded up all the best classic Greek recipes, like baked falafel, tzatziki sauce, shawarma, and even a vegetarian moussaka. And with baklava for dessert? Dinner is ready!
Greek flavors have inspired some of our favorite dishes. Take falafel for instance: You can take all of those iconic flavors to make falafel burgers, falafel sandwiches, or bite-sized versions like we did with our baked falafel bites with spicy tahini sauce. Ditto for Greek salads; the mix of red onion, olives, feta, and tomatoes is hard to beat, and it goes so well in our recipes for Greek salad skewers, Mediterranean chickpea salad, and Greek shrimp.
If you’re a fan of all things chicken shawarma, you’ll love our easy shortcut to the street food favorite with our recipe for one-pot shawarma chicken and orzo skillet. And where would we be without classic Greek dips? Hummus, tzatziki, skordalia, and our Greek feta dip are perfect for dipping with homemade pita bread and fresh vegetables or for spreading on your next sandwich.
A Greek feast just wouldn’t be complete without dessert. We’re always happy to see walnut and pistachio baklava on the table, but why stop there? Try our recipes for homemade halva, tahini cookies, and loukoumades (Greek-style doughnuts) for your next Greek-inspired dinner that any Greek yia-yia (grandma) would approve of.
Known as horiatiki, this traditional Greek salad is made with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, thinly sliced red onion, and feta. Simply said, it’s the best. Especially considering this Mediterranean side dish only takes 15 minutes to prepare and goes perfectly with grilled chicken and baked Greek salmon.
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Hummus is a Middle Eastern dish made of chickpeas and tahini. We love adding plenty of garlic or roasted red peppers and other spices (like everything bagel seasoning) for more flavor. Carrots and cucumber spears make a crisp, refreshing snack, especially when you pair them with a dip that can withstand the heat, like hummus.
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We love this meal because it comes with lots of veggies and is perfect over orzo or rice. If you want to be extra-healthy, serve the salmon over a bed of arugula salad or spinach.
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It’s always a thrill when you can take two mainstays of different cuisines and mash up them up into something wholly unique and delicious. After you try this, you’ll realize that spanakopita and stuffed shells were always meant to be.
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Eggplant is infinitely better grilled, and this one comes with a simple yet addicting tahini dressing too. These are best served fresh off the grill when they are still warm, but you won’t have to wait long—slices that are about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick grill up perfectly in roughly 6 minutes!
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The flavors in this recipe take their cues from shawarma, with a spice mix that’s a quick shortcut to those delicious flavors, including coriander, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, and cinnamon. Each bite of flavorful chicken is nicely balanced by the tomato-cucumber-feta salad and chewy orzo. For an interactive dinner, serve this with extra sauces on the side, like tzatziki, tahini sauce, or baba ghanoush.
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Although nothing’s faster than picking up a sandwich from your favorite falafel joint, we promise that making these falafel balls at home is a cinch. These are herby and savory, and the crispy outside gives way to a perfectly tender and spicy interior that’s perfect tucked into a pita.
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There are some major flavors you might think about when you think of Greek food. To us we can’t stop but imagining all things lemony, garlicky, and packed with herbs like oregano. We made sure to highlight all of these when developing this easy one-skillet Greek chicken thigh recipe.
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Loaded with cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta, this dip was inspired by Greek salad. (Though it’s missing the olives, onion, and oregano.) For a smoother, fluffy consistency, we added yogurt and cream cheese. Full disclaimer: This recipe makes a lot of dip and can easily be halved. But we’ve never had a problem demolishing it with some fluffy pita bread.
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Tangy and bright from generous amounts of lemon, a batch of these flavorful potatoes are great served with any number of Greek-inspired dishes. Looking to bring the flavors of your Aegean vacation home? Try these potatoes served alongside chicken souvlaki, vegetarian moussaka, or Greek shrimp.
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On its own, chicken breast is sort of a blank canvas. But stuff it with Greek salad-inspired ingredients, and you’ve got an insanely flavorful and fun weeknight dinner. As for the technique? We looked to one of our all-time faves: primavera stuffed chicken. The trick to both is cutting the veggies super thin. If you’ve got a mandoline, now’s the time to use it!
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Souvlaki is a classic Greek street food consisting of tender pieces of marinated meat that have been skewered (in Greece, “souvla” means skewer) and cooked on a grill. We love it whether we’re serving it on skewers at a BBQ (no picnic tables? no problem!), or tucked into a pita with veggies for a yummy weekday lunch.
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Moussaka is a Greek eggplant-based dish that’s traditionally made with ground beef. Here we swapped the meat with lentils to make this an even heartier vegetarian dish. The creamy béchamel sauce on top of this is INCREDIBLE.
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This lamb sandwich is found in casual shops and restaurants all around Greece. Pronounced YEE-roh or ZHEE-roh (it rhymes with hero), gyro sandwiches are packed with delicious spiced lamb, crunchy fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and a tangy herb-and-cucumber yogurt sauce called tzatziki.
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A simple sauce that goes well on chicken shawarma, served with more cucumbers and pita, and everything else you want it on. It’s the condiment we always keep in our fridge—just in case.
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Thanks to the chickpeas, this salad will keep you full for hours. It’s satisfying in a way that leafy greens never could be. Our lemon-parsley vinaigrette is perfectly tart and fresh with a hint of spice and you can put it on everything.
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Pita bread is a yeast-leavened flatbread common in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. And once you know how to make your own, the possibilities are endless—stuff them with falafel, use it for sabich, or layer slices of shawarma with tzatziki.
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Skordalia is a creamy, garlicky Greek dip we love to serve at parties. Made from potatoes and walnuts, this dip is smooth and creamy and always a hit. Serve it with toasted pita or veggies for a new favorite! Need another Greek dip idea? Try our Greek feta dip next!
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Whenever we’re craving a salad, we want something super-fresh and crisp with lots of flavor, a salad that won’t leave us hungry in 30 minutes. This gorgeous salad is hearty enough to be dinner. While the salmon is cooking, you can get all of your veggie chopping done. An easy dinner with big reward!
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Halva is a Middle Eastern treat made from tahini that’s similar to fudge, but with a unique, irresistible texture. Many different flavors of halva exist, and most anything can be stirred into the tahini mixture for fun different variations. Our favorite? Brewed coffee adds a punch of flavor in this creamy treat, perfect for eating with an afternoon latte.
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A classic in diners and on dinner tables, Greek salads are filled with Mediterranean produce and flavors. Briny olives meet sweet tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, and a sprinkling of feta cheese, making for a truly filling and delicious meal of its own. The only way to improve it? Turn it into pasta salad!
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This labor of love marries classic Greek eggplant moussaka with baked ziti, turning it into an eye-catching beauty of a pasta dinner that’s easy enough for weeknights but special enough for guests too.
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Sticky and rich, baklava is a dessert made of layered sheets of phyllo dough, nuts, spices, sugar, and/or honey. It’s served all over the Middle East, Turkey, and Greece and is perfect for riffing with flavors. This version uses walnuts and pistachios, but feel free to use whichever nuts you like the most.
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The things you could top grilled halloumi with are endless, but a light drizzle of honey and fresh thyme leaves that get warmed ever so slightly by the toasty cheese are an excellent choice. If you want to stay close to the cheese’s geographic origins, serve with Mediterranean chickpea salad, Greek lemon potatoes, and roast lamb.
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These weeknight and meal-prep friendly baked falafel sandwiches are the perfect balance of healthy and satisfying. And a zippy roasted pepper salad is the perfect foil, while the creamy tahini sauce (aka tarator sauce) ties it all together.
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Okay, so pureeing a salmon fillet with egg isn’t the sexiest process, but it’s key in helping these patties hold together. You’ll be so glad you did when you’re eating this light, flavorful salmon burger sandwiched in fluffy pita.
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This easy one-pan dinner is made with all of your favorite Greek ingredients. The shrimp gets tossed with fresh tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, and herbs to make a dinner everyone will love. If you’re looking for more Greek-inspired seafood, you’ll love this Greek salmon!
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Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt are known for their loukoumades as their version of a crispy doughnut. Although there may be a few versions, loukoumades are made from loose yeast dough, deep fried, and doused in honey, sugar syrup, or even plain. Sometimes they’re sprinkled with walnuts, pistachios, or sesame seeds.
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