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These 15 Mediterranean Recipes That Taste Like a Vacation

Embark on a culinary adventure with these 15 Mediterranean recipes that promise to transport your taste buds to sun-drenched shores and vibrant marketplaces. From aromatic herbs to fresh seafood and rich olive oils, each dish captures the essence of Mediterranean cuisine, inviting you to savor flavors reminiscent of a relaxing vacation getaway.

Traditional Greek Marinade

Traditional Greek Marinade
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This versatile Greek Marinade is loaded with authentic Mediterranean flavors like garlic, lemon, oregano, and olive oil. The greek yogurt base keeps things extra moist and juicy on the grill. Use this for grilled chicken, grilled pork, grilled lamb, grilled fish, or grilled veggies!

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Classic Moussaka Recipe from Greece

Classic Moussaka Recipe from Greece
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This Classic Moussaka Recipe is a rich, meaty casserole made up of eggplant, potatoes, meat sauce and topped with  creamy bechamel sauce. It’s the perfect Greek comfort food dish!

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Fried Feta Cheese with Phyllo Dough and Honey

Fried Feta from Greece
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This 5-Minute appetizer is the BEST way to enjoy a quick taste of Greece! This feta cheese wrapped in phyllo dough, cooked in olive oil, and then drizzled with honey and sesame seeds will impress anyone you serve it to. Enjoy it with pita chips, tomatoes, or even by itself.

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Kibbeh Nayeh (Raw Kibbeh) from Lebanon

Kibbeh Nayeh
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Kibbeh Nayeh is a Lebanese dish made with raw beef and served with pitas on special occasions. It’s a simple, traditional dish to make that is absolutely delicious!

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Authentic Baba Ganoush Recipe

Baba Ganoush
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Baba Ghanoush is a creamy, delicious Mediterranean dip perfect as an appetizer, a spread, or on top of a fresh pita. The beautifully smoky and naturally creamy dip is easier to put together than you think and is sure to be loved by all!

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Custard Cake Recipe (Kremsnita Cake from Croatia)

Custard Cake
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This Custard Cake, also called Kremsnita Cake in Croatia, is a beautiful cake made with layers of puff pastry, custard, and whipped cream. It is light, airy, and creamy. This is perfect for celebrating any occasion!

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Toum (Lebanese Garlic Sauce)

Toum
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Toum is a thick and flavorful garlic sauce perfect for spreading, dipping, or using as a marinade. It requires just four ingredients and packs a powerful punch of flavor that garlic lovers will crave!

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Tarator: Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup from Bulgaria

Tarator
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Tarator is a cold soup made with yogurt and cucumbers. This Bulgarian and Albanian dish is perfect for a light meal in the heat of summertime and would be delicious with a slice of crusty bread!

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Pan con Tomate (Tomato Bread from Spain & Andorra)

Pan con Tomate
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This simple Tapas recipe originated in Catalonia and Pan con Tomate is now popular in Andorra and Spain. Made by rubbing garlic, tomatoes, and olive oil on a loaf of crusty bread, you only need a few high quality ingredients to make an impressive recipe with lots of flavor.

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Lentil Tabbouleh Salad

Easy Lentil Tabbouleh
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This bright and fresh lentil tabbouleh salad is full of authentic Mediterranean flavor. It’s a lovely side dish on a summer lunch table or even a main course with some flatbread to scoop it up with.

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Malfouf Salad

Malfouf Salad
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This refreshing and crunchy Malfouf salad is a Lebanese cabbage salad with mint and parsley, mixed with a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing. This light and refreshing slaw is a popular choice for barbecues, potlucks and picnics, as well as Middle Eastern feasts.

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Mediterranean Eggplant Salad

Mediterranean Eggplant Salad
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Mediterranean Eggplant Salad mixes grilled eggplant with fresh tomatoes, mint, parsley, green onion, bell pepper and tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, za’atar and crushed red pepper. This is the perfect side salad for a summer BBQ or to pair with grilled chicken or fish.

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Chickpea Kale Greek Salad

Chickpea Kale Greek Salad
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Tomatoes, Feta, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes pluskale and chickpeas?  It’s everything you want in a Greek salad but with kale!  This Chickpea Kale Greek Salad is a heartier, healthier Greek salad!

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Easy Mediterranean White Bean Salad

Easy Mediterranean White Bean Salad
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This 7-ingredient Tuscan white bean salad is bursting with Mediterranean flavors like tomatoes, white beans, and basil, takes just 10 minutes to prepare, and can be enjoyed as a Summery appetizer, side, or light main!

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Ravioli with Mushroom Sauce

Ravioli with Mushroom Sauce
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You’ll love this rich, creamy and comforting ravioli with mushroom sauce. It’s ready in under 30 minutes and is perfect for a weeknight dinner while also being special enough for date night at home. Made with mushrooms, your favourite ravioli, heavy cream, white wine and parmesan cheese.

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