Mediterranean food is derived from Mediterranean countries like Turkey, France, Italy, Greece, and Spain. They are mainly olive, wheat and grape-based, or more exactly, consisting of olive oil, bread, pasta, and wine. See below for a list of the ‘Top 10 Mediterranean Recipes‘. Start here for your scrumptious education on the best Mediterranean recipes.

1- Humus
Humus consists of cooked chickpeas mashed together, mixed with salt, garlic, lemon juice, tahini (toasted ground sesame) and olive oil. It is a perfect topping for your favorite snacks like crackers, chips, and bread and goes very well with vegetables like carrots and peppers.

Humus - Top 10 Mediterranean Recipes

2- Greek Salad
A Greek salad normally consists of Kalamata olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and feta cheese (made from goat or sheep milk) topped with olive oil, oregano, and salt. You can also spice it up by adding lettuce, pepperoncini, radishes, sardines, and bell peppers.

Greek Salad - Top 10 Mediterranean Recipes

3- Mussels
Mussels are a shellfish with a variety of different types. They can be steamed and then eaten either cold or served hot in a white wine sauce with tomatoes and Kalamata olives. You can also roast or grill, but this can get tricky as mussels tend to dehydrate rapidly.

Mussels - Top 10 Mediterranean Recipes

4- Zucchini Stuffed Cheese
You can stuff zucchinis with virtually anything, but for Mediterranean food, you can use feta, lamb, tomatoes, and pine nuts. Just halve your zucchini lengthwise, hollow it out to about a half-inch of vegetable and get to stuffing.

Zucchini Stuffed Cheese

5- Cacık / Tzatziki
Tzatziki’s main ingredients are cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, salt, and strained yogurt from goat or sheep milk. Variations include the addition of dill, mint, or lemon juice. It can be used as both a sauce over grilled meats and as a dip.

Cacık / Tzatziki

6- Artichoke Salad
This salad includes artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, cucumbers, red bell peppers, red onion, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. Refrigerate the mix before serving so that all the ingredients have time to blend.

Artichoke Salad

7- Mediterranean Grilled Octopus
Octopus is very similar to calamari. You can simply braise the fish, cut it into chunks, and then grill it with a little bit of lemon and olive oil. Then you’ll want to add some of the finest Mediterranean ingredients such as olives, bread, and feta cheese.

Grilled Octopus

8- Arugula Salad
Another salad variation, this one has, of course, arugula, along with feta cheese, farro (a wheat similar to barley), chickpeas, Kalamata olives, and tomatoes.

Arugula Salad

9- Mediterranean Pizza
Fancy (and healthy) up your pizza Mediterranean-style with crumbled goat cheese, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and Kalamata olives.

Mediterranean Pizza

10- Gelato

Gelato consists mostly of sugar, milk, and whatever flavoring ingredient you choose such as chocolate, vanilla, or even hazelnut. You can also have a fruit-flavored variation if that suits your taste more. It is actually healthier than ice cream, and its consistency is much heavier and richer.

Gelato - Top 10 Mediterranean Recipes

These are just a smattering of the best Mediterranean recipes. There are a ton more, but these top 10 Mediterranean recipes are certainly a good place to get you started!

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