20 Mediterranean Dinner Recipes

With cuisine from Greece, Lebanon, and Israel, and packed with the strong flavors of fresh herbs and spices, here are 20 delicious Mediterranean dinner recipes.

Mediterranean dinner recipes: falafel.

In a meal planning rut? Love fresh, bright flavors? Then I highly suggest adding Mediterranean food into your dinner rotation. And if you’re not sure where to start, I’ve compiled a list of 20 Mediterranean dinner recipes.

What is Mediterranean Cuisine?

Mediterranean dinner recipes: shrimp.

Mediterranean cuisine consists of food from both European and African countries that surround the Mediterranean sea. 21 countries in total. The countries that come to mind when I think of Mediterranean food include Greece, Israel, Italy, and Lebanon. However, I draw inspiration from those and more.

Three core ingredients in the Mediterranean, regardless of region, are olives, wheat, and grapes. Primary flavors also include lots of fresh herbs, like basil, mint, garlic, and saffron. When thinking of classic Mediterranean cuisine, think hummus, shawarma, and souvlaki.

The Mediterranean Way

Easy Grilled Chicken Souvlaki

You may have heard about the “Mediterranean Diet” or “eating the Mediterranean way.” While this post isn’t about the diet, I will point out that Mediterranean food is a fantastic way to cook colorful, delicious meals that you can feel good about eating and serving to your family. The main points consist of this:

  • Eat lots of: veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, seafood, and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Eat moderately: chicken, eggs, and dairy.
  • Eat rarely: red meats.
  • Avoid: added sugars, refined grains and oils, and other highly processed foods.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Middle Eastern food considered Mediterranean?

Yes, the Middle East includes many countries that border the Mediterranean sea.

What is the most popular Mediterranean dish?

I think that most people would consider shawarma or falafel to be the most popular, but there are too many to say a definitive “most popular.”

What goes well with Mediterranean?

If you’re looking for some good side dishes to pair with Mediterranean food, I’d recommend trying Za’atar Roasted Carrots and Green Beans or Lebanese Chickpea Salad.

Mediterranean dinner recipes: hummus.

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20 Mediterranean Dinner Recipes

Mediterranean Sautéed Shrimp

4.84 stars average
25 minutes
This 15-minute seafood recipe is made with shrimp, peppers and onion sautéed with garlic and white wine then finished with feta cheese.
Sauteed Shrimp with Feta

Lebanese Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves

4.27 stars average
1 hour 10 minutes
Very popular in several Mediterranean countries and a family favorite, these Lebanese meat stuffed grape leaves are filled with beef, rice, and lemon juice.
Lebanese Meat Stuffed Grape Leaves 2

Greek Turkey Burgers with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

4.27 stars average
23 minutes
Greek-style turkey burgers are grilled to perfection and topped with a creamy garlic and dill tzatziki sauce. Protein packed and exploding with flavor, these Greek burgers are a healthy addition to any BBQ.
Homemade Turkey Burgers

Authentic Lebanese Falafel Wrap

5 stars average
25 minutes
This light and fluffy authentic falafel recipe is made with chickpeas, parsley and spices then drizzled in a creamy tahini sauce.
Falafel Pita Wrap

Vegan Tomato Kibbeh

5 stars average
25 minutes
Tomato kibbeh is a vegan version of the traditional Lebanese dish, kibbeh nayeh, typically made with raw beef, onions, and bulgur wheat. This vegetarian rendition is made with tomatoes, bulgur wheat, onion, red peppers, and fresh herbs.
Tomato Kibbeh

Sheet Pan Greek Chicken and Vegetables

5 stars average
45 minutes
This Greek-inspired sheet pan dinner recipe is made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, potatoes, peppers, onions, and hearty eggplant roasted in garlic, olive oil, and oregano. It's the easiest no-mess dinner recipe the whole family will love!
Sheet pan Greek chicken and vegetables

Grilled Lebanese Chicken Tawook

4.50 stars average
20 minutes
This lemony, garlicky Lebanese chicken marinade results in tender, juicy chicken every single time. Serve chicken tawook on salads, over rice or in a pita.
Grilled Chicken Tawook Recipe

Classic Matzo Ball Soup (Jewish penicillin)

4.58 stars average
3 hours
The only matzo ball soup recipe you’ll ever need, each bowl is brimming with deep chicken flavor and light, fluffy matzo balls.
Matzo ball soup

Italian Chicken Pasta with Artichokes

4.61 stars average
20 minutes
This easy and delicious Italian pasta recipe is filled with large chunks of chicken, tender artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes.
Italian Chicken Pasta with Artichokes 2

Mediterranean Tuna Salad Sandwich

4.50 stars average
10 minutes
The lunchtime classic gets a major upgrade with this Mediterranean Tuna Salad Sandwich made with kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, and fresh basil.
Mediterranean tuna salad sandwich 2

Lebanese Baked Fish with Tahini Sauce and Toasted Pine Nuts

4.48 stars average
30 minutes
An easy, 20 minute seafood recipe, white fish is baked with olive oil until flakey then drizzled with a lemony tahini garlic sauce and topped with toasted pine nuts and fresh parsley.
Serving lebanese baked fish with tahini sauce

Arabic Lentil Soup

4.92 stars average
40 minutes
Arabic lentil soup is made with hearty vegetables and brown lentils simmered with warm spices like cinnamon and cumin then blended until smooth.
Arabic Lentil Soup Blended

Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

4.54 stars average
30 minutes
These Middle Eastern inspired vegetarian chickpea burgers are made with fresh herbs then topped with a creamy cucumber yogurt sauce. 
person holding Vegetarian chickpea burgers with tzatziki sauce

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Potatoes

4.75 stars average
4 hours 10 minutes
A healthy version of the ballpark classic, sausage and peppers, I’ve added in lean chicken breast, hearty potatoes and plenty of peppers and onions in this easy slow cooker dinner recipe.
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Potatoes

Beef Shawarma with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

4.18 stars average
2 hours 20 minutes
The most flavorful shawarma you'll ever have! Yogurt, lemon and warm spices tenderize the beef to create a delicious and succulent Middle Eastern dish. 

Keftedes: Baked Greek Meatballs

4.13 stars average
35 minutes
A Greek twist on the Italian classic, your family will love these flavor-packed meatballs seasoned with oregano, allspice and garlic.
greek meatballs with rice and vermicell

5 Step Grilled Vegetable Pasta

5 stars average
25 minutes
This quick and easy vegetarian pasta recipe is made with grilled peppers, eggplant and onions tossed in olive oil, oregano, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.
Grilled Veggie Pasta with Parmesan

Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

4.34 stars average
1 hour
A Middle Eastern specialty, these Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are made with beef, rice, lemon and garlic.
stuffed cabbage rolls

Lebanese Meat Pies (Sfeeha’s)

4.68 stars average
1 hour 5 minutes
These savory Lebanese meat pies (known as sfeehas) get their irresistible flavor from clarified butter, toasted pine nuts and fragrant cinnamon.
Lebanese Meat Pies

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup (Avgolemono)

4.05 stars average
25 minutes
A traditional Greek soup, avgolemono is an egg-lemon soup packed with shredded chicken and white rice. Freezer-friendly and ready in under 30 minutes.
Avgolemono Soup Recipe
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Hi I’m Liz!

Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.