Recipe Round-Up of Favourite Mediterranean Recipes

Words: Katrina Rose Wind

We love the flavours of the Mediterranean, not to mention that their diet is well-celebrated for its many health benefits. The food and flavour combinations are a perfect balance of sweet, salty and savoury. The addition of olive oil, chickpeas, aubergines and other delicious ingredients really bring all these dishes to life.

Starters & Sides

TABBOULEH SALAD

Tabbouleh is not like any other ordinary side salad, it’s filled with parsley, onion and all that delicious Mediterranean goodness.

Recipe for Tabbouleh Salad

KATAIFI-WRAPPED HALLOUMI

If you’ve never heard of Kataifi, you’ll be shocked at how delicious it is. Kataifi is a pastry used in Mediterranean cuisine, the thin threads are light and crispy; the perfect balance for grilled halloumi.

Recipe for Kataifi Halloumi

Tomato & Calamari Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette

Swap out the fish ‘n tjips and pair your calamari with this herby salad.

Recipe for Tomato & Calamari Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette

Toasted Panzanella Salad with Burrata & Thyme Vinaigrette

It doesn’t get more delicious than this filling yet refreshing Toasted Panzanella Salad.

Recipe for Toasted Panzanella Salad with Burrata & Thyme Vinaigrette

QUINOA SALAD WITH ROASTED CAULIFLOWER & CHICKPEAS

We love quinoa! This warm salad is topped with chickpeas that really adds an extra flavourful crunch! Let’s just say this spicy citrus dressing is a game-changer.

Recipe for Quinoa Salad

BABY AUBERGINES WITH LENTILS, POMEGRANATE AND CHEVIN DRESSING

Aubergines are so wonderfully versatile, they are a perfect meat-free alternative because their texture when grilled becomes so soft that it almost melts in your mouth. Topped with delicious lentils, every bite will transport you to the Mediterranean.

Recipe for Roasted Aubergines

Mediterranean Style Sardines

A traditional dish of stuffed sardines – the ideal tapas for a summery day.

Recipe for Mediterranean Style Sardines

Olive Oil & Herb Crusted Loaf with Chunky Olive & Feta Dip

There is nothing quite like the aroma and flavour of a freshly baked loaf of bread. This one is brushed with extra virgin olive oil and served with a chunky olive and feta dip.

Recipe for Olive Oil & Herb Crusted Loaf with Chunky Olive & Feta Dip


Mediterranean Dips & Tips

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BEETROOT TZATZIKI

A twist on the classic yoghurt tzatziki. The beetroot might be unexpected but it adds a yummy, earthy flavour and beautiful pop of colour.

Recipe for Tzatziki

TARATOUR BI TAHINI

Tahini is popular all across the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The wonderful nutty flavour that tahini brings to dishes is unmatched, adding creamy texture and richness to any dish.

Recipe for Tahini

BABA GANOUSH WITH SESAME LAVASH

This delicious aubergine dip is a staple in the Mediterranean. Serve with unleavened crispy bread for dipping. Top with pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, za’atar, olive oil or whatever you have on hand.

Recipe for Baba Ganoush

HEALTHY HOMEMADE HUMMUS

We’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love hummus. Now you can finally make your own, it’s not as hard as you think.

Recipe for Hummus


Aromatic Mains

Gnocchi in Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

Bright and herby flavours come together in this comforting and classic dish.

Recipe for Gnocchi in Creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

Chilli Rocket Pesto Lamb Chops with Yoghurt

Give your regular lamb chops a makeover with this braai-friendly and Mediterranean flavour-filled recipe.

Recipe for Chilli Rocket Pesto Lamb Chops with Yoghurt

Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce Pasta

A marinara sauce is a basic staple in most Italian households. It’s extremely versatile and is delicious tossed through pasta.

Recipe for Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce Pasta

Green Olive, Caper & Herb Pasta with Crunchy Pangrattato

This bowl of pasta packs a punch in terms of flavour and texture. Pair up with a glass of your fav white wine and tuck in. Utterly divine!

Recipe for Green Olive, Caper & Herb Pasta with Crunchy Pangrattato

RICE SHAKSHUKA

Shakshuka is a staple in many homes across the Middle East and the Mediterranean, and for good reason. It’s easy to make and incredibly delicious. We’ve added rice to ours, you can omit the rice for a more authentic version. Serve with warm bread for dipping.

Recipe for Shakshuka

GREEK LAMB BURGER WITH GRILLED AUBERGINE, HUMMUS AND TZATZIKI

Upgrade your burger game with this Mediterranean-inspired lamb burger! We really went all out with this one, hummus, tzatziki, grilled aubergine – all the basic Greek elements to make a delicious meal.

Recipe for Lamb Burger

Rosemary Lamb Kebabs with Tzatziki

Fresh rosemary is used as skewers in this recipe, a great way to impart flavour into kebabs. Serve with homemade tzatziki for a delish Greek-inspired meal.

Recipe for Rosemary Lamb Kebabs with Tzatziki

Roasted Red Pepper & Mussel Tagliatelle

This Roasted Red Pepper & Mussel Tagliatelle is a recipe for all seasons – simple to prepare, delivers big flavour and looks beautiful in the bowl.

Recipe for Roasted Red Pepper & Mussel Tagliatelle

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Mediterranean recipes

‘GREEK STYLE’ ROAST LEG OF LAMB

“You don’t eat no meat? Oh, that’s okay. I make lamb”. If Aunt Voula can convince Ian to eat lamb, so can we. This roast dish sure is a fan favourite.

Recipe for Roast Leg of Lamb

LAMB MEATBALLS WITH HERBY YOGHURT, HUMMUS & TOASTED PITA

The Greeks sure do love their lamb! These Greek-inspired lamb meatballs are a perfect match for hummus & herby yoghurt.

Recipe for Lamb Meatballs

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Mediterranean recipes

GRILLED LAMB WITH BABA GANOUSH, CHICKPEAS AND POMEGRANATE

A mouth-watering Syrian-inspired dish. Sumac is made from the berries which are dried and coarsely ground.

Recipe for Grilled Lamb Fillet

‘CHICKEN’ STACK TOPPED WITH TZATZIKI & CHICKPEA SALAD

This vegan dish is not only a great healthy and light meal, but it’s also absolutely delicious.

Recipe for ‘Chicken’ Stack

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Mediterranean recipes

Mediterranean Chicken Tray Bake

A super easy, one-tray dinner that is packed with Mediterranean flavour.

Recipe for Mediterranean Chicken Tray Bake

Mediterranean Orzo with Chicken Thighs

This dish combines all the flavours of the Med that we love. A generous and hearty dish perfect for a weeknight meal with the family.

Recipe for Mediterranean Orzo with Chicken Thighs 


Flavourful Mediterranean Desserts

ROSEWATER & PISTACHIO TURKISH DELIGHT

Travel to Turkey with these traditional treats. It’s light and sweet, filled with pistachios and lightly fragranced with rose water. A perfect tea time or coffee treat.

Recipe for Turkish Delight

PISTACHIO & ALMOND BAKLAVA WITH ELDERFLOWER SYRUP

Nothing screams ‘Mediterranean’ more than Baklava! Flakey phyllo, the perfect combination of nutty and sweet, these treats are rich and simply delicious!

Recipe for Baklava

PASTELI GREEK ENERGY BARS

These Mediterranean-inspired energy bars are not only yummy, but will also keep you energised all day long.

Recipe for Greek Energy Bars

GREEK ALMOND SHORTBREAD BISCUITS

Even though these Greek biscuits are traditionally served on Christmas, it doesn’t mean you can’t make them all year round. We know we do!

Recipe for Greek Shortbread

Check out which ingredients you should stock  for the ultimate Mediterranean Pantry.

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