Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Incorporate more fish, whole grains, plant-based proteins and olive oil into your routine with these healthy (and flavorful) Mediterranean diet-inspired recipes.

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Classic Greek Salad

Make this restaurant favorite at home with cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, feta and an easy homemade Greek dressing.

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Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze

Giada uses fresh herbs and mustard to make a flavorful-yet-light glaze for topping broiled salmon fillets.

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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Raisin Relish

The relish is a bold, savory-sweet combo that works well with mild cauliflower, turning it into a flavorful side or vegetarian main.

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Zucchini, Ricotta and Lemon Pizza

Lemon and chives on a pizza might sound strange, but it pairs perfectly with thin strips of zucchini and creamy ricotta. The tart citrus juice cuts through the rich cheese and provides just a hint of bright flavor with every bite.

Get the Recipe: Zucchini, Ricotta and Lemon Pizza

Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers

A flavorful blend of spinach bulgur, and lean ground beef fills these red peppers, which are sprinkled with feta cheese and baked until tender.

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Grilled Eggplant Dip

Bobby’s Mediterranean-inspired appetizer does require a bit of time, but the end result is so worth it. He fires up the grill to get the eggplant tender and smoky, then purees it with tahini, olive oil, lemon and fresh spices to form a smooth and creamy dip. Serve with warm pita, lavash or fresh veggies for dipping.

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Healthy Sicilian Cauliflower Rice

Studded with raisins, lemon zest and pine nuts, this fluffy pilaf makes a flavorful, high-fiber side for chicken, salmon and pork.

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Chickpea Shawarma Pitas with Hummus-Dill Dressing

Covered in spices and roasted to crispy perfection, chickpeas are a natural swap in these Mediterranean-inspired shawarma pitas. For a "cook once, eat twice" approach, transform any leftovers into a chickpea shawarma salad: Layer the vegetables with roasted chickpeas and top it with dollops of hummus-dill dressing.

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Vegetarian Arugula Chickpea Power Salad

The combination of fiber-packed, antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruit plus high-protein chickpeas and avocado makes this a well-balanced and satisfying salad. Spice up the mash with additional ingredients like mango, celery, cilantro or carrots, then enjoy it as a dip, sandwich filling or, in this case, a salad topper.

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Salmon with Warm Tomato-Olive Salad

Brush salmon with an olive oil-honey-vinegar mixture and broil to create a crispy crust. Serve with two Mediterranean favorites tomatoes and olives on the side.

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Turkey-Hummus Sliders

Served in pita pockets and flavored with hummus, these leaner turkey sliders offer a Mediterranean take on the mini-burger. For added crunch and flavor, each one is topped with a cucumber-feta salad.

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Cauliflower Couscous

Israeli couscous (bigger and more pasta-like than the traditional variety) is tossed with sauteed cauliflower and shallots. Cinnamon and dates add a touch of natural sweetness.

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint

Lamb is a staple of the Mediterranean Diet; it's a particular favorite in Greek cuisine. Here, lamb chops are rubbed with a mint-garlic mixture, then grilled to lock in moisture and flavor.

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Greek Salad

This easy take on the favorite salad offers lots of satisfying crunch and tang, thanks to watercress, scallions, tomatoes, capers and pickled peppers.

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Greek Pizza with Pourable Crust

Yes, you really can make and bake homemade pizza crust in less than 30 minutes! The trick is whipping up a pourable crust. Toppings like roasted eggplant and bell peppers, feta, artichokes, mint and lemon put a Greek-style twist on a classic pizza crust.

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Lemon Salmon with Lima Beans

Fish and heart-healthy beans are two important components of the Mediterranean diet. Enjoy both in this dish, topped with paprika-flavored Greek yogurt.

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Chicken with Tabbouleh

Fresh lemon, mint and parsley lend a bright flavor to Ina’s tabbouleh salad. The dish only gets better the longer it sits, so feel free to prepare it in advance.

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Citrus Marinated Olives

Olives, a key component of the Mediterranean diet, are made even more flavorful with the addition of freshly squeezed lemon and orange, plus garlic, thyme and spicy red pepper flakes.

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Broccoli Rabe with Cherry Peppers

Mellow out broccoli rabe's slightly bitter flavor by adding spicy cherry peppers, garlic and just a little rich Parmesan cheese.

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Mussels with Potatoes and Olives

Steam fresh mussels in a garlicky tomato broth, then serve with naturally buttery Yukon gold potatoes.

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Bulgur Salad

Bulgur, a whole grain traditionally used to make tabbouleh salad, stars in a simple-yet-flavorful side dish seasoned with Mediterranean ingredients: cucumber, dill and olives.

Get the Recipe: Bulgur Salad

Bass Agrodolce with Spaghetti Squash and Mushrooms

Agrodolce is a traditional Italian sweet and sour sauce; it's used here to add bold flavor to bass, a firm white fish, and vegetables.

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Lentil-Stuffed Peppers

These peppers were inspired by a popular Mediterranean salad, filled with Israeli couscous, lentils, olives, herbs and plenty of feta. Loaded with fiber and plant-based protein, they are delicious and satisfying.

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Spicy Escarole with Garlic

Escarole is in the same family as endive, but it is less bitter and holds up well to cooking. Saute this Mediterranean favorite with garlic, olive oil and red pepper flakes.

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Mahi Mahi With Cauliflower

There’s no shortage of flavor with this quick-and-healthy dinner. The cauliflower is cooked with almonds, raisins and fragrant coriander – and finished with a bright pop of fresh lemon juice.

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Artichokes Provencal

Transform frozen artichoke hearts into a simple Mediterranean-inspired side with white wine, tomatoes, lemon zest and some salty olives.

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Eggplant with Yogurt and Dill

For a super-easy side dish, roast eggplant, garlic, shallots and walnuts, then toss with yogurt and chopped fresh dill.

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Healthy Braised Lentils with Kale

In the Mediterranean, meals rely heavily on plant-based recipes favoring legumes, whole grains and loads of fresh vegetables and fruits. This recipe fully embraces that philosophy, borrowing a few of the classic cooking techniques and ingredient combinations from the region--firm black lentils from France and olive oil-fried eggs from Spain. This recipe is super simple, yet hearty enough to satisfy even the most hard-core meat eaters in your family.

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