Recipe Round-Up of Favourite Mediterranean Recipes

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We love the flavours of the Med, not to mention that following a Mediterranean 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

KATAÏFI-WRAPPED HALLOUMI

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

Recipe for Kataïfi-wrapped Halloumi

CAPRESE-STYLE ROOSTERKOEK SANDWICH

A Mediterranean classic with a local spin; this sandwich is undeniably delicious!

Recipe for Caprese-style Roosterkoek Sandwich

PORK MEATBALLS WITH BOCCONCINI & SPICY ARRABBIATA SAUCE

These juicy meatballs are perfect for entertaining guests. The bocconcini and spicy red sauce take the meatballs to the next level.

Recipe for Pork Meatballs with Bocconcini & Spicy Arrabiata Sauce

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

Lemon, Origanum & Chilli Oil with Almond Dukkah

This zesty and spicy flavour combination will delightfully surprise your taste buds.

Recipe for Lemon, Origanum & Chilli Oil with Almond Dukkah

Prawn Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta

Simple yet incredibly flavourful – what’s not to love about Bruschetta?

Recipe for Prawn Tomato & Mozzarella Bruschetta

QUINOA SALAD WITH ROASTED CAULIFLOWER & CHICKPEAS

We love quinoa! This warm salad is topped with chickpeas that really adds an extra flavourful crunch, and the spicy citrus dressing is a game-changer.

Recipe for Quinoa Salad with Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpeas

BABY AUBERGINES WITH LENTILS, POMEGRANATE AND CHEVIN DRESSING

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

Recipe for Baby Aubergines with Lentils, Pomegranate & Chevin Dressing

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

Muhammara Dip with Sesame Lavash Crackers

This Middle Eastern marvel is packed with spicy, smoky, sweet and savoury goodness. Enjoy with crunchy sesame lavash crackers and a glass of Vin de Joie Rosé.

Recipe for Muhammara Dip with Sesame Lavash Crackers

Lemon Labneh with Roasted Tomatoes, Pine Nuts & Toasted Pita

Lemon Labneh is so simple to whip up; the roasted tomatoes add a lovely sweetness to this dish, and toasted pita is perfect for scooping up all that creamy goodness.

Recipe for Lemon Labneh with Roasted Tomatoes, Pine Nuts & Toasted Pita

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BEETROOT TZATZIKI

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

Recipe for Beetroot Tzatziki

TARATOUR BI TAHINI

Tahini is popular in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. The wonderful nutty flavour of tahini is unmatched, adding creamy texture and richness to any dish.

Recipe for Taratour Bi Tahini

BABA GANOUSH WITH SESAME LAVASH

This delicious aubergine dip is a Mediterranean staple. Serve with lavash for dipping. Top with za’atar, olive oil, and pine nuts or pomegranate seeds – whatever you like.

Recipe for Baba Ganoush with Sesame Lavash

HEALTHY HOMEMADE HUMMUS

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

Recipe for Healthy Homemade 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

Zucchini & Ricotta Lasagne

A simple and tasty Mediterranean-inspired dish, with layers of beef mince, zucchini and ricotta – perfect for midweek family dinners.

Recipe for Zucchini & Ricotta Lasagne

Slow Cooked Lamb Ragù with Gnocchi & Salsa Verde

Ragù takes a bit of time to make, but this one is absolutely worth it. Instead of using pesto, we’ve added some salsa verde; enjoy with a glass of red for a sumptuous pairing.

Recipe for Slow-Cooked Lamb Ragù with Gnocchi & Salsa Verde

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 fave 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, but you can omit the rice for a more authentic version, and serve it with warm bread for dipping.

Recipe for Rice 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 Greek Lamb Burger with Grilled Aubergine, Hummus & Tzatziki

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, this dish delivers big flavour and looks beautiful in a 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 is a fan favourite.

Recipe for ‘Greek Style’ 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 FILLET WITH BABA GANOUSH, CHICKPEAS & POMEGRANATE

A mouthwatering 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 healthy and light meal, 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. It’s also generous and hearty.

Recipe for Mediterranean Orzo with Chicken Thighs


Tasty Mediterranean Desserts

ROSEWATER & PISTACHIO TURKISH DELIGHT

Travel to Turkey with these traditional treats. They’re light, sweet, filled with pistachios and fragranced with rosewater. A perfect teatime or coffee treat.

Recipe for Rosewater & Pistachio Turkish Delight

PISTACHIO & ALMOND BAKLAVA WITH ELDERFLOWER SYRUP

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

Recipe for Pistachio & Almond Baklava

PASTELI GREEK ENERGY BARS

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

Recipe for Pasteli 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 Almond Shortbread Biscuits

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