9 Popular Greek Recipes You Should Try – Let me take you on a trip to the beautiful country of Greece with these quick and easy recipes. They deliver fancy restaurant-quality meals without the hefty price tag. From light and healthy appetizers to satisfying dinner meals that are sure to captivate you with their authentic Greek flavors. Something new and fresh, and definitely, one of the healthiest cuisines to try!
With our current situation, it’s nearly impossible to travel for leisure and try other cuisines. But don’t worry because I can take you to the sunny Island of Greece with these popular Greek recipes. And together, we will explore Greek cuisine and enjoy it in the comfort of our homes. And that without having to spend a fortune. Double win!
That said, you will absolutely love these recipes because they are not only straightforward to make, but they are also extremely healthy and undeniably delicious.
You already know my passion is making recipes simpler and fail-proof. And these Greek recipes are perfect for those who want to enjoy comfort food while eating healthily and without sacrificing the taste.
And it’s really possible with these yummy Greek recipes. Yaaay!
Greek food is always packed with refreshing flavors because the cooks incorporate fresh herbs, such as mint, parsley, dill, and thyme. Other healthy additions include Greek yogurt, olive oil, and cheese. Ah! Cheese!
You’ll learn more about these nutritious recipes as you read along. So, let’s go!
Actually, there’s not much of a difference with other cuisines. The most popular meats used in Greek recipes are chicken, beef, pork, lamb, goat, fish, veal, and rabbit.
There are rumors that a type of ancient wheat called zea was banned in Greece during the 1930s. However, it is more likely that it was no longer profitable to farm because wheat was so much easier to harvest. That has changed in recent times, and zea is making a comeback because it’s more nutritious than modern wheat.
This may be because their food is usually linked to the Greek diet, aka the Mediterranean diet. Which includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, yogurt, olive oil, beans, and legumes. They often refrain from eating highly processed foods, such as canned meats, soda, candies, hotdogs, bacon, and frozen meals with high sodium content. Plus, they love adding olive oil to their dishes, which is actually considered one of the healthiest oils because of its high omega-3 content.
1. Greek Salad
Let’s start our Greek food escapade with this bright and refreshing salad with a twist. Oh yes! So, instead of the usual vinaigrette, this Greek salad is tossed in unique and sensational lemon-mint dressing. Plus, the addition of feta creates a wonderful flavor accent, too. ❤
And the best part is, you can make the Greek salad dressing in advance and store it in a glass jar in the fridge. It will come in handy the next time you want to throw a salad together fast for a quick salad fix. 😉
2. Greek Marinade
And, of course, you should try this Greek marinade, too. You’ll love this even more because of its delightful lemony, herby, and garlicky flavor combination from lemon juice, minced garlic, and various herbs.
It also works great on more than chicken; it also works pretty well with any meat you prefer, such as lamb, pork, and beef. And with this, you’ll have an instant Greek dish ready in no time. 😉
3. Chicken Gyros
This easy Greek recipe is sure to dazzle you with the flavorful pan-grilled chicken breast fillet. It is even more delectable because it is marinated with herb-infused Greek yogurt with a lemony zing.
Beautifully wrapped in Pita Bread, then generously drizzled with rich and lip-smacking Tzatziki sauce. Did I mention it comes with crumbled feta cheese, too? Aah! Happiness really does come in packages.
To make it more filling and satisfying, I highly recommend having gyros with any of these 25 Quick and Easy Salad Recipes. Oh yes!
4. Moussaka Eggplant Recipe
Our list of Greek recipes wouldn’t be complete without this creamy and cheesy Moussaka.
It’s a healthier version of the classic Lasagna because it’s made with eggplants slices instead of lasagna noodles. Both have layers of meaty sauce and cheesy sauce that’s screaming nothing but perfect indulgence. In fact, it’s so good even your non-veggie eater kid won’t mind the eggplants. Such a winner dish, indeed!
Above all, this hearty Greek food Moussaka actually freezes well. So, you can make a big batch and pack them individually in single portions for easy thawing and reheating. Just pop them in the oven and reheat at 350F for 20-25 minutes or until warmed through.
5. Pita Bread
It’s so soft and slightly chewy because it’s made with yeast. That and the other five simple ingredients, including flour and water (and a little bit of elbow grease), make this a terrific bread to have on hand.
You can either bake it or cook it in a skillet on a stovetop. It’s simple and easy yet offers an authentic Greek food experience. 😉
To be honest, they are best eaten when they are fresh from the pan. However, making a big batch of these treats and freezing them for later saves time. Plus, they will be ready when you suddenly have a craving for Chicken Gyros, pita pockets, or some pita pizzas. Genius, right?
This fabulous recipe is another Greek recipe that is similar to Lasagna. But instead of lasagna noodles, it uses tubular pasta, aka Pastitsio.
Also, the layers of Pastitsio don’t alternate like the usual lasagna. In fact, it is arranged as pasta at the bottom, meaty sauce in the middle, and thick cheese sauce on the top.
What makes this Greek recipe more interesting is adding the cinnamon stick to the meaty red sauce. While the white sauce is oozing with elegant flavors from a special Greek cheese called Kefalotyri. But of course, you can always substitute it with your favorite cheeses like parmesan, cheddar, jack cheese, or mozzarella.
I know this one is already a complete meal on its own but having it with a salad makes the experience even more delightful. So, if I were you, I’d have a Mediterranean Chickpea Salad or Watermelon Salad on the side. Simply fantastic! 🤩
7. Greek Meatballs
Finally, an easy Greek recipe that you can enjoy gluten-free and guilt-free! Oh yes! You’ll definitely love this meaty balls of happiness because it is bursting with savory flavors from herbs and spices.
Besides cumin, oregano, dill, and garlic, you can add more seasoning like Italian seasoning or Creole Seasoning to ramp up the flavor. And load it up with more pepper flakes and cayenne if you want to make them spicy. Taste the mouthwatering goodness in every bite!
These babies also make great appetizers and party snacks, especially when you serve it with our Greek dressing recipe, Tzatziki sauce. Or better yet, add them to your favorite salad to add some meaty goodness. And, of course, you can also add them to your yummy pita pockets. Woohoo! Party on!
8. Spinach Pie (Spanokopita)
These are treats made with phyllo, the same pastry used for baklava, making them entertaining and impressive. But this recipe is a savory pie rather than a dessert.
As a matter of fact, it has a wondrous pie crust of phyllo dough and delicious feta-spinach filling. The added aromatic herbs such as dill weed, parsley, garlic, and onion make this dish even more flavorful and fancy.
This easy Greek recipe may not be low carb, but it is definitely filling and nourishing.
It can already stand alone as a main dish. However, you can go all out and serve this delectable side dish with Lemon Chicken or Grilled Lamb Chops. Such a heavenly meal pairing your family will surely love.
9. Tzatziki Sauce
And to wrap up our Greek food recipe list, I’m gonna leave you here with astonishing and drool-worthy Tzatziki Sauce.
It’s a very versatile Greek dressing recipe that you can add to any fresh salad or use as a sandwich spread. It also doubles as a sauce or dip perfect for steamed vegetables, shawarma, kebab, and gyros. A versatile Greek recipe, indeed! 👌
Good news! You can make this sauce ahead and store it for later use. However, since we use fresh ingredients for this recipe, it’s best used within four days, just to be on the safe side. You may notice the sauce separating over time, but that’s okay. You just need to remix it, and it’ll be ready to use in no time. Awesome!
- ¾ cup sugar ,replace with honey, or any sweetener
- 2 cups water
- mint leaves , optional
- 2 cups chopped pineapple
- ½ cup lemon Juice
- 2 tablespoons lime Juice
- cold water as needed
- ice cubes
- Moscato – Optional
- In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, keep stirring, until sugar has dissolved- about 5-7 minutes. Throw in mint if using any. Let it cool
- Place chopped pineapple in a blender and blend until puree.
- Pour pureed pineapple in a large pitcher, followed by lemon and lime Juice. Then add simple syrup to taste. Stir until everything comes together. Add sweet wine if including, adjust with cold water, if need be.
- Chill or serve with ice cubes.
Tips & Notes:
- You can use fresh pineapples or just grab fresh cut pineapples from the supper market, frozen will work as well. Then you put in the blender and pulse until puree.
- If are press with time, you can sub with 100% pineapple juice.
- You may use sweeteners to replace syrup.
- Feel free to add moscato or sweet wine to the mix.