60+ Best Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Mediterranean diet recipes embrace vibrant foods that are rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, lean proteins, and healthy fats. With a focus on plant-based ingredients and all sorts of seafood, these easy and healthy meals will have you feeling good from the inside out!

Falafel flatbread with different toppings.

The Mediterranean Lifestyle

There’s a reason why many of us gravitate towards a coastal lifestyle. Not only does it connect us with our natural environment, but the temperate climate allows us to enjoy the simple things in life. In the realm of food, that means getting back to basics and putting fresh, easy, and wholesome ingredients first.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because that’s what Downshiftology is all about! Many of these recipes were inspired through my travels, helping me understand what Mediterranean cuisine really is. Here’s a few key components of Mediterranean recipes:

  • Load up on veggies and fruits. You know I’m always trying to sneak in more greens! Veggies and fruits are nutrient dense, loaded with fiber, great for digestion, and boast a plethora of anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Opt for more fish and lighter meat. Fresh fish provides healthy omega-3 fatty acids and a variety of vitamins. And chicken is rich in protein that’s good for bones and heart-health. The key here is to keep a good balance, with the goal of incorporating more seafood into your weekly meals.
  • Embrace legumes and grains. These plant-based options are full of fiber, protein, and as you might imagine, they’re quite filling. Plus, there’s so many creative ways to cook and eat them!
  • Savor every minute of it. This lifestyle calls for slowing things down and enjoying time with friends and family at the dinner table. It encourages you to eat at a slower pace, appreciate each bite, and tune in to your body and avoid overeating.
Shakshuka is an easy, healthy breakfast recipe in Israel and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa. It's a simple combination of simmering tomatoes, onions, garlic, spices and gently poached eggs.

Mediterranean Recipes For Breakfast

Loading up on vegetables and good-for-you proteins is highly encouraged, especially at breakfast. And good news – there’s an endless array of satiating breakfast ideas to choose from.

  • Shakshuka: This is a classic Mediterranean dish that combines simmering tomatoes, onions, spices and poached eggs into a nourishing and filling meal.
  • Sweet Potato Toast: Upgrade your “avocado toast” with sweet potato as the base, and top it off with a poached egg, spinach, avocado, and a sprinkle of black pepper.
  • Green Shakshuka: This healthy green spin on the classic dish is a great way to make use of leftover veggies in your fridge, such as Brussels sprouts, spinach, and zucchini.
  • Kale And Butternut Squash Frittata: Frittatas are perfect for meal prepping – and this one’s filled with the best of winter vegetables.
  • Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash: Turn you average breakfast hash into a colorful, nutrient-dense one that goes beyond just using white potatoes.
Breakfast Mediterranean recipes featuring a shakshuka and oatmeal.
  • Homemade Yogurt: Add this to a bowl along with fruits and nuts for a sweet and healthy way to start your morning.
  • Breakfast Egg Muffins: Incorporate your favorite vegetables and proteins into the most delicious, on-the-go breakfast option (that’s perfectly portioned).
  • Orange Shakshuka: If the fall weather is near, this shakshuka is a creative and delicious way to enjoy roasted butternut squash.
  • Smoked Salmon Frittata: Salmon for breakfast is always a smart idea, and weaving it into a frittata couldn’t be more delicious.
  • Easy Oatmeal Recipe: Last but not least, create sweet and savory oatmeal bowls for a hearty and filling breakfast.

Mediterranean recipes featuring falafel and chickpea salad.

Mediterranean Recipes With Legumes

You’d be surprised what you can do with a bag of lentils or a can of chickpeas. Sure, you can toss them into salads for an extra source of protein. But did you know you can bake them into a flatbread or blend into a hummus?

  • Mediterranean Chickpea Salad: Chickpeas are the star of this dish, accompanied by fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper, feta cheese, and a zesty lemon vinaigrette. For a roasted version – you’ll love this roasted chickpea salad!
  • Best Hummus Recipe: Ah, a Mediterranean must-have for almost any meal. Dip it, spread it, or dollop it – this creamy blend of chickpeas is extremely versatile!
  • Very Best Lentil Soup: Lentils are a mighty source of protein and work beautifully in a variety of soups – especially in this one with a smoky, savory flavor.
  • Falafel: These little balls of chickpea goodness will certainly have you going back for seconds! Just don’t forget to drizzle them with my homemade Tahini sauce. It makes all the difference.
  • Falafel Flatbread: If you’re looking to get extra creative, bake blended chickpeas and herbs into a delicious flatbread!
  • Lentil Salad With Cucumber: Lentils and diced cucumber work wonders to create a crisp, refreshing side salad.
  • Crispy Socca With Pear And Arugula Salad For another flatbread idea, use chickpea flour to make this nutty and herby socca.
Mediterranean recipes featuring hummus and smoked salmon bites.

Healthy Mediterranean Diet Snacks

In between meals, fruits, nuts, and fresh cut veggies are ideal when you want something to nibble on. You can also pair veggie sticks with creamy and flavorful dips to make them that much more enjoyable.

Tuna, cucumber, mozzarella salad in a bowl

Fresh And Easy Mediterranean Salads

It goes without saying that salads are an easy way to toss together fresh ingredients. Just grab some of your favorite greens, fruits, and even seafood. Then tie it all together with the best homemade sauces and dressings for a flavorful-packed, satisfying meal.

  • Tuna, Cucumber, Mozzarella Salad: After enjoying this simple yet (oh so) delicious salad in Italy, I had to recreate it here.
  • Salmon Avocado Salad: Pan-seared salmon is layered on top of spinach, avocado, tomatoes, and red onions for a salad that’s big on nutrients and flavor.
  • Israeli Salad: A simple combo of diced tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, onion, and fresh herbs goes a long way.
  • Caprese Salad: Ripe tomatoes and creamy mozzarella make such a simple, yet elegant salad that stands the test of time. And if you’re an avocado lover like me – this avocado caprese salad is a summer favorite.
  • Easy Cucumber Salad: With the help of onion, dill, and vinegar, sliced cucumbers never tasted so good!
  • Greek Salad: This veggie packed salad is a refreshing 6 ingredient combo, with the best greek salad dressing.

Mediterranean recipes featuring caprese salad and salmon salad.

Roasted cauliflower with za'atar spice in a bowl.

Veggie-Heavy Mediterranean Food

From leafy greens to root vegetables, all types of veggies are welcome in your weekly meals. Just don’t forget to utilize spices and aromatics to take each dish to the next level.

Mediterranean recipes featuring sweet potato salad and sauteed cabage.

  • Roasted Cauliflower with Za’atar: Spruce up your average roasted cauliflower with Za’atar spice, sweet dates, and toasted pine nuts! You could even drizzle some of this tahini sauce on top.
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup: Caramelized, roasted butternut squash brings out the most delicious flavor in soup form.
  • Baked Sweet Potato: The beauty of a baked sweet potato is that it’s great as a side dish on it’s own. But you can also stuff it with veggies, legumes, and shredded chicken, plus a drizzle of tzatziki sauce for a meal in itself .
  • Beet Soup: If you love beets, this vibrant, savory, heart-healthy soup is loaded with nutrients.
Four baked cod filets in a white casserole dish.

It’s All About Fish In Mediterranean Recipes!

As I mentioned earlier, fish is the go-to protein when eating Mediterranean food. From salmon recipes to tuna to cod, there’s so many delicious options to choose from. Bonus, they’re a no-fuss ingredient when it comes to cooking (hello 30 minute or less meals!).

Mediterranean recipes featuring shrimp and tuna meatballs.
  • Garlic Butter Shrimp: It doesn’t get any easier than this sauteed garlic butter shrimp. And you can top them on virtually anything.
  • Tuna Salad: This classic comfort food is one to keep up your sleeve for busy weeknights. It’s crisp, creamy, and works well in a variety of meals.
  • Zucchini Pasta With Lemon Garlic Shrimp: For an all in one meal, toss your garlic butter shrimp with zoodles!
  • Salmon Patties: Need to switch up your salmon routine? Whip up these delicious salmon patties that are also freezer-friendly.
  • Cucumber Melon Gazpacho With Ginger Shrimp: When you take a bite of the warm ginger shrimp and cooling soup at the same time, you’ll know just how good this is.
  • Roasted Branzino With Citrus Pesto: Branzino is a delicious, delicate white fish that extremely versatile, but always tasty when topped with a homemade citrus pesto.
Greek sheet pan chicken with vegetables.

Light And Healthy Meat Recipes

When you’re in the mood for meat, opt for lighter options such as chicken, turkey, or duck. Then grill, toss, or mix those with fresh vegetables, and herbs for amazing flavor.

  • Greek Sheet Pan Chicken: This is hands down a #1 favorite around here. Juicy, spiced, and lemony chicken thighs are roasted along with simple, wholesome veggies – with a Mediterranean twist!
  • One Pan Chicken And Rice: Featuring bright and citrusy Mediterranean flavors, this one-pan meal results in the juiciest chicken and fluffiest rice.
  • Greek Chicken Kabobs: Drenched in the flavors of Greece, these chicken kabobs are easy to whip up and loaded with colorful vegetables in between.
  • Greek Avgolemono Soup: This Greek lemon chicken and rice soup is all sorts of healthy and cozy – with a Mediterranean flair.
  • Grilled Chicken Souvlaki: Think of this as a simplified version of my Greek Chicken Kabobs, but tastes just as good with a vegan tzatziki sauce.

Mediterranean recipes featuring chicken kabobs and chicken and rice.

Mediterranean ground beef stir fry in a pan with a slotted spoon.

For days when you want to splurge on red-meat, here’s a few lighter favorites:

Mediterranean recipes featuring cauliflower rice and green beans.

Build Delicious Mediterranean Bowls

When you have leftover odds and ends, build a Mediterranean bowl! Start with a base of grains or leafy greens. Pile on fresh or roasted vegetables, chickpeas, falafels, nuts, seeds or olives. Then add a dollop of your favorite hummus blend or a drizzle of tzatziki sauce. Here’s a few tasty ideas for added colors and textures:

If you make any of these delicious Mediterranean recipes, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Mediterranean recipes with grilled shrimp and caprese salad.

60+ Best Mediterranean Diet Recipes

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
These healthy Mediterranean recipes include vibrant salads, plant-based foods, all things seafood, and easy chicken recipes. You'll love this fresh caprese salad!

Ingredients

  • 3 tomatoes , sliced
  • 8 ounces mozzarella, sliced
  • handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic reduction
  • salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Add a slice of tomato to a plate, then add a slice of mozzarella on top. Then continue alternating slices of tomato and mozzarella.
  • Place fresh basil leaves in between the layers.
  • Drizzle olive oil and balsamic glaze over the entire salad.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then serve immediately!

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 360mg, Potassium: 262mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1150IU, Vitamin C: 12.6mg, Calcium: 296mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Mediterranean Food, Mediterranean Recipes
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30 comments on “60+ Best Mediterranean Diet Recipes”

  1. I am allergic to fish and shell fish. besides chicken what can I eat?

  2. Thank you for helping me save my life with food.

  3. Beautiful , informative

  4. My husband started a mediterranean diet a few days ago. I’ve made him a few dishes so far and he’s liked every one of them but his favorite do far is the best baked cod recipe

  5. Like it very well5 stars

  6. Lots of variety with easy, quick recipes! 5 stars

  7. Recipes are amazing and easy to make.5 stars

  8. I am very confused as I am new to learning about the Mediterranean diet. Everything else I read says to avoid meat and diary that are high in saturated fats and to consume healthy unsaturated fats, lean meats. After clicking on a few recipes, I see a lot of dairy, bacon etc with 25-50% of the average daily recommended value of saturated fats per serving. Your advice would be appreciated, thank you.

    • Hi Kayla – there’s only one recipe with dairy on this list of 60+ recipes and that could be substituted with a dairy-free yogurt. And none with bacon. So I’m not sure where you’re looking?

    • You may have clicked on an ad that is on this page which is also for recipes…a weekly meal plan ad…I did that by mistake at first. Lisa’s recipes are all very healthy, and delicious–I have made many of them for my family :)

  9. Can a hard copy be purchased?5 stars

  10. I’d like a recipe similar to the trail mix bars that makes them more chewy style……
    Love love the one you have but just need a softer bar (teeth issues🦷🦷 😊

  11. Mediterranean foods and flavors are some of my favorites! I am definitely saving this guide for weekly dinner inspo!5 stars

  12. So many fantastic ideas here – especially the tzatziki and hummus recipes – yum! making out my grocery list now!5 stars

  13. What a fun roundup this is! Bookmarking it.5 stars

  14. Wow, what a fantastic collection of Mediterranean recipes! Love all of them!5 stars

  15. Fantastic collection of Mediterranean recipes. I doubt I will need to look for any other recipes any time soon! :-)5 stars

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