17 Mediterranean Recipes

These 17 Mediterranean recipes are proof that following a heart-healthy diet is anything but a chore.

One whole and one torn whole grain sourdough pita stacked on top of each other.
This sourdough pita is made with whole grain and packs plenty of healthful goodness, thanks to sourdough starter along with whole wheat and spelt flours. And it’s easier to make than you may think.
Three bowls of minestrone soup with a small bowl of pesto on the side.
This old-fashioned minestrone soup is chock-full of carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, kale, zucchini, beans, and pasta…but gets an unexpected drizzle of pesto that transforms a frugal veggie-bin soup into something special.
A white plate filled with horta, or boiled greens with garlic.
Horta is a classic Greek dish of boiled greens dressed with garlic-infused olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. Here it sticks true to tradition yet gets a little easy elegance from chef Theo A. Michaels.
A ceramic bowl filled with za'atar cacio e pepe and topped with fresh marjoram leaves.
This za'atar cacio e pepe ingeniously gives Rome's classic creamy Parmesan and black pepper pasta middle Eastern flair with the addition of za'atar seasoning.
Roasted potatoes with dill on a baking sheet.
These roasted potatoes with dill and garlic require only a handful of ingredients and a little patience while they roast to crispy-edged, tender-throughout perfection.
Two whole roasted branzino with lemon and shaved fennel salad on a blue plate with a fork, two glasses, and two grey plates beside it.
This whole roasted branzino with lemon and shaved fennel salad tossed in white wine vinaigrette is an easy, healthy meal that’s on the table in just 40 minutes.
A white serving bowl filled with sauteed spinach and bread crumbs.
This sautéed spinach with bread crumbs is an easy, healthy side dish made with fresh spinach cooked with garlic and spritzed with lemon juice and toasted bread crumbs.
A blue and white platter filled with couscous salad with fennel and almonds with a torn baguette and a couple of glasses of white wine beside it.
This couscous salad with fennel and almonds combines good-quality tuna, salty caper berries, peppery arugula, crunchy shaved fennel, and sliced almonds with couscous to make a supremely satisfying meal.
Four roast chicken thighs with lemon in a cast-iron skillet set on a wooden board with a meat fork resting beside it.
These roast chicken thighs with lemon rely on a simple technique that ensures shatteringly crisp skin and exceptionally juicy meat. Tart citrus and olives lend a subtle, simple flair.
Plate of pickled carrots, beets, radishes, cauliflower, turnips on a marble slab
Giardinera or Italian picked vegetables are whatever veggies you love left to soak in vinegar, spices, and herbs. So easy. So addictive. Here’s how to make them.
A cast-iron skillet filled with eggplant shakshuka made with poached eggs in a tomato and eggplant sauce, with feta scattered over the top.
This eggplant shakshuka adds tender sautéed eggplant and Moroccan spice blend, ras el hanout, to this classic poached egg and tomato sauce meal.
An Italian frittata garnished with a squash blossom on a white plate with a fork resting beside it.
This Italian frittata, made from eggs, potatoes, and Parmesan, is a simple Italian omelet that's a quick weeknight dinner.
Two white bowls filled with lentil and escarole soup with a jar of olive oil on the side
This lentil and escarole soup, made with carrot, onion, celery, tomatoes, and olive oil, is finished with a generous sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano, is rustic Italian cooking at its finest.
A plate of spaghetti with olives, broccoli, and feta with two serving spoons nestled in the pasta.
This spaghetti with olives, broccoli, and feta is a quick and easy pantry pasta made by combining cooked pasta with stir-fried broccoli along with, olives, garlic, lemon zest, chile flakes, and feta cheese. On the table in 30 minutes.
Greek-style sheet pan chicken, olives, zucchini, and lemon slices on a sheet pan with a bowl of tzatziki nearby.
This Greek-style sheet pan chicken is an easy, healthy meal of spice-rubbed roasted vegetables and boneless chicken breasts served alongside a cooling homemade tzatziki sauce.
Blue and white bowl filled with Muhammara, or red pepper walnut spread with a spoon in it
Muhammara, or red pepper-walnut sauce made with pomegranate molasses, is an eastern Mediterranean classic that's prevalent in Turkish, Syrian, and Lebanese cuisines. Here's how to make it and what to serve with it.


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