Popular Greek Cuisine Recipes

The food of Greece is as sun-drenched as the landscape, and it's perfect for entertaining as well as a weeknight family meal. Healthy and delicious, Greek cuisine makes wide use of olive oil, vegetables and herbs, grains and breads, wine, fish, lamb, pork, olives, and feta cheese.

Peanut Baklava

Embrace Middle Eastern culture with this surprisingly simple baklava recipe. Flaky phyllo dough is layered with chopped peanuts, honey, and butter.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut Baklava

Lemon Poppy Seed Snack Cake

Serve this light dessert with a drizzle of thick Greek yogurt or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream for a low-calorie indulgence.

From Diabetic Living

Lemon Poppy Seed Snack Cake

Layered Greek Dip

Follow the make-ahead directions and prepare this yummy appetizer recipe a day ahead of time and it will be ready to serve when the party starts.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Layered Greek Dip

Greek Stuffed Meatballs

There's a surprise hiding inside these beef and lamb meatballs: a piece of creamy feta cheese. Simmer a batch in your slow cooker for a party-friendly appetizer or serve a few on a baguette for a super sub sandwich.

From Midwest Living

Greek Stuffed Meatballs

Falafel Balls with Lemon-Yogurt Dip

Try this modern take on falafel for a vegetarian dish everyone will love. To get them out of the pan, gently pry with a fork. They freeze easily for use in other Greek dishes.

From Parents

Falafel Balls with Lemon-Yogurt Dip

Athenian Orzo

Orzo, a rice-shaped pasta, makes a delightful base for an authentically Greek combination of shrimp, tomatoes and feta. To serve as a side dish, omit the shrimp and drain the tomatoes before adding them.

From EatingWell

Athenian Orzo

Greek Omelet

With flavors reminiscent of the classic Greek spanakopita, this easy omelet is just right for a light dinner or brunch. Frozen leaf spinach makes it ultra-quick.

From EatingWell

Greek Omelet

Greek Iced Coffee

This frothy delight is a great summer treat when the summer heat makes hot coffee less appealing.

From EatingWell

Greek Iced Coffee

Greek Diner Salad

The secret to this New York diner-style salad is to dice the vegetables to the same size, so that the flavors can meld in one bite. The tangy dressing really perks up the vegetables and makes this dish a stand-alone entree or a zippy accompaniment to barbecued or roasted meats.

From EatingWell

Greek Diner Salad

Herbed Lamb Chops with Greek Couscous Salad

Lamb loin chops are a healthy alternative to the more popular and more fatty lamb shoulder chops. The loin chops have quite enough flavor to stand up to this herbaceous couscous.

From EatingWell

Herbed Lamb Chops with Greek Couscous Salad

Greek Lemon Rice Soup

Smooth silken tofu replaces the eggs in our version of the classic Greek soup. Add an extra drizzle of olive oil on top of each portion to give it an extra-luxurious taste.

From EatingWell

Greek Lemon Rice Soup

Mediterranean Portobello Burger

This mushroom sandwich comes topped with a luscious Greek-style salad. Make it a meal: Serve with cucumber spears and a glass of Firestone Gewurztraminer.

From EatingWell

Mediterranean Portobello Burger

Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

Lots of freshly chopped herbs add zing to our white bean dip. Serve with assorted vegetables, such as baby carrots, bell pepper strips, radishes, snow peas, broccoli and caulifower florets.

From EatingWell

Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

Greek Chicken & Vegetable Ragout

Chicken thighs stay moist and succulent during slow cooking, infusing the accompanying vegetables with superb flavor. This easy braise has a luxurious finish of avgolemono, a versatile Greek sauce made with egg, lemon and fresh dill. Serve with whole-wheat orzo or crusty bread to soak up the sauce.

From EatingWell

Greek Chicken & Vegetable Ragout

Greek Fava with Grilled Squid

Fava is the Greek word for bean puree, almost exclusively made with yellow split peas--here it's served with grilled squid, but the simplest and most traditional is raw onion, olive oil and lemon juice; in Santorini it is topped with stewed capers and onions, a combination referred to as "married" fava in Greek. For a vegetarian topping, try a combination of arugula and caramelized onions.

From EatingWell

Greek Fava with Grilled Squid

Shrimp Saganaki

Shrimp top a delicious saute of fennel, scallions and feta in this version of saganaki. A saganaki is a shallow, two-handled skillet that is one of the most traditional cooking vessels in Greece. Saganaki is also the fried cheese, made in the pan, that is one of Greece's most famous appetizers.

From EatingWell

Shrimp Saganaki

Greek Bison Burgers

Feta and spinach not only add great flavor to these Greek-inspired burgers, but also provide moisture and texture to lean ground bison. The yogurt sauce is a perfect condiment, with much less fat than regular mayonnaise.

From EatingWell

Greek Bison Burgers

Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers

We steam brightly colored bell peppers in the microwave to save time and then stuff them with orzo, spinach and feta. This basic recipe will work with almost any filling--try substituting different types of cheese, herbs or beans. Serve with whole-wheat pita bread and cucumber salad.

From EatingWell

Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Greek Chicken and Pita Casserole

From Better Homes and Gardens

Greek Chicken and Pita Casserole

Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cut into one of these succulent chicken pieces and you'll discover a zesty feta cheese, tomato, and basil filling. It's a surprising low-caloire, low-fat option for dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Kalamata Lemon Chicken

To save time when preparing this chicken main dish, skip the browning step and place the ingredients into a baking dish. The baking time won't change, but your prep time will be knocked down to nearly nothing.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Kalamata Lemon Chicken

Greek-Style Chicken Skillet

A tomato-inspired vegetable mixture is spooned over chicken and couscous in this main-dish recipe. To add even more interest, substitute a flavored couscous mix.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Greek-Style Chicken Skillet

Lamb Kabobs with Mustard Glaze

In this grilled kabob recipe, lean chunks of lamb, potatoes, onions, and sweet peppers are glazed with aromatic mustard and savory thyme.

From Fitness

Lamb Kabobs with Mustard Glaze

Grilled Lamb and Bulgur Burgers

Need a break from beef burgers? Make these lamb burgers for dinner. They're full of flavor and low in calories and fat.

From Fitness

Grilled Lamb and Bulgur Burgers

Greek Vegetable Salad

With this slimmed-down recipe, Greek salad can be a side dish for most any diet plan.

From Diabetic Living

Greek Vegetable Salad

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