Best Authentic Mediterranean Recipes to Try in 2023

Looking to add a bit of Mediterranean to your eating plan? Mediterranean food has it all: flavor, heartiness, healthfulness and sustainability. With this list I offer the Best Authentic Mediterranean Recipes of the year! You can find ideas for breakfast, mains, salads, soups and desserts

Best Mediterranean recipes to try in 2023

Top Mediterranean Recipes

This list came about based on the top recipes readers have made including older and newer recipes. Classic such as Greek spinach rice, Spanakopita (spinach pie) and saganaki (fried cheese) are always favorites but there is so much more. So, if you interred in adding new recipes this year, look no further! And if you are interested in following a true Mediterranean diet and getting all the benefits it has to offer (physical and emotional), look no further, you are at the right place! Check out my Mediterranean Guide, Shopping list and Menu plan. And for more recipes my highly rated book.

The Mediterranean Diet

As you may have heard the Mediterranean Diet is considered the gold standard of diets both in terms of healthiness and flavor. If you are a follower of OliveTomato, you know that here you will find the authentic Mediterranean diet, Authentic Mediterranean recipes, not westernized versions and Mediterranean lifestyle advice based on firsthand lifelong experiences.

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

The Mediterranean Diet is an eating pattern and lifestyle that was observed in certain areas of the Mediterranean at a certain time and this eating pattern was associated with longevity. The initial guidelines were based on research and information gathered on the typical diet of Crete, much of the rest of Greece, and southern Italy in the early 1960s. Therefore, it is important to clarify that this is not a diet that reflects the eating pattern of the whole Mediterranean region as is often mistakenly described.

Best Authentic Mediterranean Recipes to try in 2023

BREAKFAST

Mediterranean Feta Toast

Mediterranean Feta Toast

This delicious Mediterranean toast makes the perfect savory breakfast! Topped with refreshing and tangy whipped feta, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, kalamata olives and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
Get the recipe here >> Mediterranean Feta Toast

Pan Con Tomate -Spanish Breakfast Toast

Pan Con Tomate Recipe-Spanish Breakfast Toast

Pan Con Tomate Recipe is a traditional Spanish toast that is delicious! Crunchy toasted bread is rubbed with garlic, topped with ripe juicy tomato, and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil making the perfect snack!
Get the recipe here >> Pan Con Tomate Recipe-Spanish Breakfast Toast

eggs with spinach

Baked Eggs with Spinach and Feta

The perfectly balanced breakfast: An egg sunny side up over a bed of spinach lightly sautéed in olive oil and sprinkled with feta. This dish is so easy and filling, you won’t be hungry for hours
Get the recipe here >> Baked Eggs with Spinach and Feta

SOUPS

Avgolemono soup

The Ultimate and Authentic Avgolemono Soup -Creamy Greek Lemon Chicken Soup-

Get my mother’s authentic recipe for this comforting and delicious Greek chicken-rice soup, avgolemono soup. Rice and chicken are enriched with the rich and creamy lemon-egg sauce.
Get the recipe here >> Authentic Avgolemono Soup -Creamy Greek Lemon Chicken Soup-

Greek Mushroom Soup Without Cream

Hearty Greek Creamy Mushroom Soup

This hearty traditional Greek mushroom soup is packed with greens and flavored with a delicious lemon-tahini sauce.
Get the recipe here >> Hearty Greek Creamy Mushroom Soup

SALADS

Mediterranean Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs and Tomatoes

Mediterranean Potato Salad with Herbs and Tomatoes

This Mediterranean potato salad with fresh herbs and tomatoes is refreshing and hearty. It pairs tender baby potatoes with fresh cherry tomatoes and finished with plenty of fresh herbs and a bit of extra virgin olive oil.
Get the recipe here >> Mediterranean Potato Salad with Herbs and Tomatoes

Classic Arugula Salad Recipe

Classic Arugula-Parmesan Salad

This classic arugula parmesan salad is full of delicious ingredients that complement each other: spicy arugula pairs with nutty and salty parmesan and sweet sundried tomatoes. The salad is finished with a sprinkle of pine nuts and a balsamic-honey vinaigrette.
Get the recipe here >> Classic Arugula-Parmesan Salad

Mediterranean Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad

Mediterranean Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad

This Mediterranean lentil and sweet potato salad will become a staple! Lentils paired with roasted sweet potatoes and topped with crunchy almonds and juicy mandarins.
Get the recipe here >> Mediterranean Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad

Warm Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash Salad

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash Salad

Roasted caramelized brussels sprouts and butternut squash are served with a rich vinaigrette and crunchy olive oil croutons.
Get the recipe here >> Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash Salad


PASTA-GRAINS

Greek Spaghetti with Meat Sauce recipe – Makaronia me Kima

The Ultimate Greek Spaghetti with Meat Sauce Recipe-Makaronia me Kima

This Greek pasta dish is bursting with flavor: Classic Greek Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is made with luscious ground beef and tomato sauce, along with cheese-coated spaghetti.
Get the recipe here >> The Ultimate Greek Spaghetti with Meat Sauce Recipe-Makaronia me Kima

Orzo recipe

Warm Greek Orzo with Feta and Tomato

This delicious and comforting recipe is perfect! Creamy and silky warm orzo pasta cooked to perfection with tomato and topped with tangy feta.
Get the recipe here >> Warm Greek Orzo with Feta and Tomato

Baked Creamy Pasta with Butternut Squash Ricotta Sauce

Creamy Baked Pasta with Butternut Squash Ricotta Sauce

The most comforting fall and winter pasta full of Mediterranean flavors: Butternut squash comes together with ricotta cheese to make a delicious creamy sauce in this delicious pasta dish.
Get the recipe here >> Creamy Baked Pasta with Butternut Squash Ricotta Sauce

Greek Rice

Authentic Greek Lemon Rice-Rizi Lemonato

The authentic recipe for the famous Greek rice. Delicious to eat on its own or as a side. This Greek lemon rice is cooked with sauteed onion in olive oil, vegetable broth and finished with plenty of fresh lemon.
Get the recipe here >> Authentic Greek Lemon Rice-Rizi Lemonato

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BREADS

Best Homemade Pita Bread

Best Homemade Pita Bread

Authentic, homemade pita bread. Enjoy your own soft, light, and delicious pita bread, warm straight out of the oven with this foolproof recipe.
Get the recipe here >> Best Homemade Pita Bread

Homemade Parmesan Garlic Knots

Homemade Parmesan Garlic Knots

Delicious and fluffy garlic knots dipped in olive oil and parmesan for an extra savory flavor. With step by step instructions!
Get the recipe here >> Homemade Parmesan Garlic Knots

MEAT-POULTRY-FISH

Greek roast leg of lamb

Authentic Greek Roast Lamb

The ultimate Authentic Greek Roast Lamb step by step recipe: Succulent lamb roasted to perfection along with mouthwatering roasted potatoes.
Get the recipe here >> Authentic Greek Roast Lamb

Kokkinisto Chicken

Greek Chicken Cooked in Tomato-Kotopoulo Kokkinisto

A Classic Greek Favorite: Chicken stewed until tender in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce.
Get the recipe here >> Greek Chicken Cooked in Tomato-Kotopoulo Kokkinisto

Mediterranean Baked Sole with Greek Ladolemono Dressing

Mediterranean Baked Sole with Greek Ladolemono Dressing

For this easy and delicious sheet pan fish recipe, sole fillets are baked with the flavorful Greek ladolemono dressing and herbs.
Get the recipe here >> Mediterranean Baked Sole with Greek Ladolemono Dressing

Roasted Sardines

Mediterranean Garlic and Herb Crusted Roasted Sardines

Simply delicious roasted sardines with a garlic herb crust – you can practically eat them with your hands.
Get the recipe here >> Mediterranean Garlic and Herb Crusted Roasted Sardines

Desserts

Greek custard pie galatopita

Greek Custard Pie – Galatopita

A crustless flavorful and light custard pie. An easy to make to dessert.
Get the recipe here >> Greek Custard Pie – Galatopita

italian lemon and ricotta cookies

Authentic Italian Lemon and Ricotta Cookies

These traditional Italian ricotta and lemon cookies are fragrant with a delicate lemon flavor and a soft texture on the inside and do not contain butter or oil.
Get the recipe here >> Authentic Italian Lemon and Ricotta Cookies

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Syrupy Walnut Phyllo Rolls – Baklava

If you love baklava, you can make this easy, vegan, healthier version at home. Walnuts wrapped in phyllo and drizzled with syrup is a perfect dessert any time of the day.
Get the recipe here >> Syrupy Walnut Phyllo Rolls – Baklava

TOP VEGGIE RECIPES

Greek green beans Fasolakia lathera

Authentic Greek Green Beans-Fasolakia Lathera

The original recipe for Greek green beans – smooth and velvety green beans with potatoes stewed in tomato, herbs and olive oil. They will melt in your mouth! Perfect as a main course or a side. And they are vegan and gluten free.
Get the recipe here >> Authentic Greek Green Beans-Fasolakia Lathera

spanakorizo Greek spinach and rice

Greek Spinach and Rice – Spanakorizo

Spanakorizo: A traditional Greek rice and spinach dish that will become a winter comfort food, thanks to its wonderful flavor and texture. Soft and creamy, served with plenty of lemon juice, a bit of olive oil and of course feta.
Get the recipe here >> Greek Spinach and Rice – Spanakorizo

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Greek Green Beans-Fasolakia Lathera

Greek green beans Fasolakia lathera
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Tender cooked Greek green beans – fasolakia, with potatoes stewed in tomato, herbs and olive oil. These beans are so smooth and velvety, they will melt in your mouth.
Course: Dessert, Entree, lunch
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword: Green Beans
Servings: 2 mains or 4 sides
Calories: 273kcal
Author: OliveTomato.com
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Ingredients

  • cup olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 medium potato sliced (1/4 inch thickness-cut in half) (optional)
  • 3 medium tomatoes grated or 12-15 ounces chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • fresh pepper

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, heat olive oil at medium to low heat. Sauté onion until soft.
  • Add potatoes and heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add beans and mix until covered with the olive oil.
  • Add the tomatoes, parsley, sugar and salt and pepper and mix.
  • Add hot water just enough to half cover the beans.
  • Simmer with the lid on for about 40 minutes (do not boil).
  • The beans are ready once there is no water left and the beans are soft.
  • Enjoy with bread and feta cheese

Notes

  • Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
  • Accompany with bread and feta.
  • Store i the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Facts
Greek Green Beans-Fasolakia Lathera
Serving Size
 
1 cup
Amount per Serving
Calories
273
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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