Mini-Spanakopitas (Greek Spinach Pies)
Wonderful as appetizers or a side, these miniature spinach pies enclose fresh spinach, feta cheese, and dried dill in folds of delightfully crispy phyllo dough. Reviewers reported that this recipe won over everyone from picky kids to spinach-phobic husbands and doubters of light fare.
Baklava with Wildflower Honey
Wildflower honey adds delicate fragrance and subtle sweetness to this nutty dessert, but almond or regular honey can be used as a substitute.
"I've always imagined that baklava would be so difficult that I never dared to try it," says jrspinz44fl. "This recipe changed my mind and has become a keeper. It's just a little tricky to work with phyllo dough...but keeping it covered while working on the layers helps so much. It got rave reviews and I've been asked to make it many times. Give it a try!"
Greek Lamb Pizza
"I already had leftover barbecued lamb and just sautéed onions in a little olive oil," says Mary from Oregon. "The combination of flavors was outstanding. Will definitely make again and feel it would be great for company as well!"
Cool and tangy, this traditional Greek condiment offers so many uses, as reader Joanna discovered:
"So, so delicious. Super with pita chips, or serve with kabobs. Great with grilled veggies or classic crudites. Not your usual dip, and a welcome change."
Chicken Souvlaki Salad
"Every time I use this recipe to provide a meal to neighbors in need, it receives rave reviews," says krisqd . For variation, try fixing only the chicken portion of the recipe and serve over rice, pasta, in a green salad or all by itself. It's excellent!
Greek Dinner Salad
This simple salad makes a great foundation for many variations. Add chicken or fish for a heartier entrée salad. And feel free to experiment with different herbs, beans, cheese, or olives, as this reader did:
"Very good salad," says cheeslover9. "I left out the onions, but added chopped kalamata olives. I didn't have any parsley, but it was still delicious. Served it with pita bread."
Perfect for picnics and outdoor potlucks, this classic side dish is typically served at room temperature. Pair it with kebabs, sandwiches, and more.
"Wonderful and easy recipe," writes looovetocook. "Neither my husband nor I are huge fans of green beans by themselves, so this is a great recipe to sneak them in 'under the radar.'"
Fennel-Marinated Halibut with Fennel Tzatziki
This Tzatziki sauce replaces cucumber with fennel, which adds a spicy-sweet licorice flavor to the tangy sauce. This recipe also works well with snapper.
"This recipe is simple enough for a quick dinner with the boyfriend, and nice and fancy enough to use for a dinner party," says robyn. "I will surely make it again."
Swiss Chard Spanakopita Casserole
If you like the crispy individual phyllo-dough pastries of classic spanakopita, you'll love this quick-and-easy casserole version. Another interesting twist: Swiss chard in place of spinach.
"Incredibly good! Use the chard―it gives a more complex flavor than spinach. I needed a recipe to use up the enormous quantities of chard I grew and now I would not go back to spinach spanakopita," says harpchick.
Greek-Style Burgers with Feta Aioli
Stuffed with roasted bell peppers and spinach, and paired with a zesty aioli, this burger delivers loads of flavor in every bite.
"I cook often from Cooking Light, but this one inspired me to write," says chakkalicious. "AWESOME and easy! Needs no further enhancement than the aioli. Made it made couscous salad with cucumber, tomato, olive oil, scallions, lemon juice, and feta. Perfect."
Stuffed Grape Leaves
A platter of Greek mezze (little dishes) typically includes grape leaves stuffed with seasoned rice. “This classic Mediterranean dish makes a great party hors d’oeuvre,” says Joanne Weir, James Bear Award-winning cookbook author and television personality.
Greek versions of this baked casserole layer a tomato-based meat sauce with sautéed or roasted eggplant and a topping of creamy béchamel (white) sauce. In this meatless rendition, bulgur wheat stands in for the traditional ground lamb. To get a touch of smoke in the mix, grill the eggplant instead of roasting it.
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
Souvlaki is Greek for “little skewers.” Cubes of pork are traditional, but chicken also takes well to the marinade of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and oregano. A little zucchini on the skewers adds color, and the tzatziki (cucumber-yogurt sauce) is like a Greek version of ranch dressing.
Greek Baked Ziti (Pastitsio)
In the Greek version of baked ziti, the noodles are mixed with two sauces: a lamb-and-tomato sauce and a milk-and-cheese sauce. We lightened the cream sauce by using 2% milk and fewer eggs. The casserole keeps for days in the refrigerator and cuts into neat little squares for reheating.
Pair Greek chicken patties with a creamy Tzatziki-style sauce and serve with sliced tomatoes, lettuce leaves, and sliced feta cheese for a quick weeknight-friendly meal.
Quick Greek Couscous with Shrimp
These wonderful Mediterranean ingredients combine with quick seafood to produce a flavorful main dish. Yogurt adds a velvety texture.
Greek Lamb Chops and Mint Yogurt Sauce
Give lamb chops a Greek twist with the addition of fresh oregano and a minty yogurt sauce.
Greek Lamb Pilaf
Lamb, mint, and rice are a classic Greek combination.
Tempeh Greek Salad Wraps
These wraps are full of delicious fresh flavor. Summertime, or anytime, this will be your new go-to. Serve with pita chips.
Greek Cod Cakes
Try cod cakes instead of crab cakes for dinner. This delicious Mediterranean-riff tastes great and takes only 45 minutes to prepare.
For a dish that's straight from the Mediterranean, serve with orzo tossed with crumbled feta cheese and pitted kalamata olives.
Serve a delicious Greek-inspired fish dinner that takes just 15 minutes to prepare and has under 250 calories per serving.
Greek Chicken Bread Salad
Low in calories and packed with fresh flavors, this delicious salad uses ingredients you may already have on hand.
Spinach-Feta Calzone Casserole
This one-dish meal is a cross between a vegetarian calzone and the classic Greek dish spanakopita.
Broiled Tilapia Gyros
Tilapia is a excellent choice for a lighter gyro filling in comparision to heavier cuts of red meat. Vegetables and tzatziki sauce round out this take on the Greek classic.
Herbed Greek Chicken Salad
Greek seasoning―as simple as oregano and lemon―pairs fantastically with chicken and forms the base for this fresh and healthful salad. Yogurt and tahini make a creamy dressing, while kalamata olives and feta cheese add their own distinctly Greek flavors to the party. Each large, satisfying serving has only 243 calories.
Greek-Style Pork Chops
These tasty pork chops feature classic Mediterranean ingredients like garlic, oregano, yogurt, fresh dill, cucumber, and red onion. Serve toasted pita wedges with the pork chops.
Greek Chicken Barley Salad
Dress up a Greek salad by adding barley to the cucumber, tomato, feta and kalamata olives. The addition of chicken makes this a one-dish meal that’s high in fiber and also a source of vitamins A and C.
Greek-Style Chicken Breasts
Fresh herbs, kalamata olives, and feta cheese contribute Mediterranean flavor to grilled chicken breasts.
Greek Bulgur Salad with Chicken
This dish plays off the traditional Greek salad. Bulgur and chicken make it substantial enough for lunch. The flavors meld slowly, so it's ideal to serve the following day.
Mini Greek-Style Meat Loaves with Arugula Salad
Pack meat mixture firmly and evenly into muffin cups to ensure even cooking and easy release. Sprinkle with paprika for a pop of color.
Instead of drowning the shrimp in butter, this recipe sautés them in healthful olive oil, and then adds tomatoes to make a simple, speedy sauce that cooks in the time it takes to boil pasta. A sprinkling of crumbly feta on top adds tangy and creamy elements. Add your favorite salad or lightly cooked spinach on the side.
Penne with Chickpeas, Feta, and Tomatoes
Salty feta, sweet cherry tomatoes, and nutty chickpeas combine for a hearty Greek-inspired pasta dish. Use oregano instead of basil, if you prefer.
Greek Steak Pitas
Serve a Mediterranean-inspired meal in minutes. These steak-filled pita sandwiches are stuffed with bright flavors including Greek seasoning, lemon juice, red onion, and feta cheese. Creamy hummus rounds out this meal.
A Greek specialty, gyros are traditionally made from spiced, spit-roasted lamb. Here, we mold a ground lamb mixture into loaves. The yogurt dressing is a variation on traditional tzatziki.
Greek-Seasoned Steak Sandwiches
Serve these hearty sandwiches with a side of crisp carrot and celery sticks and light ranch dressing for dipping. Make breadcrumbs with the parts of pita you cut off by pulsing in a food processor; freeze for a couple of months.
Tzatziki Chicken Salad
A classic Greek sauce of creamy yogurt and cucumber makes the base of this tangy salad. Make this part of a salad plate combo—offer a mixed green salad and a fruit salad to go with it.
Greek Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto
Sweet onion, rich feta cheese, and fresh dill provide dynamic flavor in this easy weeknight meal. The hardest part about making risotto is the constant stirring, so grab a magazine or plan to call out homework while you let this dish simmer, about 30 minutes. Balance the plate with a lively fennel salad.
Greek Lamb and Feta Lasagna
You don't think of lamb when you think of lasagna, but that's one of the reasons you'll love this dish. The meat plays exceptionally well with rosemary and feta.
Prepare this traditional Greek dip within an hour of serving time to prevent it from becoming watery. Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than other yogurt, and we find it superior in this recipe. Serve with pita wedges.
Skillet Chicken Souvlaki
Prepare a family-friendly Mediterranean-style dish that’s sure to please even the pickiest eater. The quick-cooking chicken and simple homemade yogurt sauce make this a perfect dish for a busy weeknight. Serve with a simple side salad.