Make a delicious Greek-style falafel gyro with crispy homemade falafel balls, paired with chilled, tangy tzatziki salad, as well as some sweet tomatoes and piquant purple onion. Served it with pita bread for a perfect and easy lunch or dinner.
So it seems like my flavor moods recently have been closely related. Today I’m going from my past two middle eastern focused recipes and making my way to the edge of Europe. Greece, to be more specific. In all honesty this was totally not planned. In fact, I first made this recipe over a month ago and everyone loved it but that day happened to be one of the darkest and rainiest days ever so trying to capture it in pictures just didn’t happen. I’m actually kind of embarrassed to admit to you guys that I took not just one, not two, but a whopping THREE different sets of photos for this salad. That’s probably a record even for me. Yeah, and I know that probably makes me sound a little obsessive but for some reason this pasta was just not photogenic at all and I hated the way it was looking. I’m still not thrilled with these pics but they’re at least a little better than the last. Like I said, the first time I made this was over a month ago but the photos were awful. I decided to go ahead and type out the recipe anyway so that I wouldn’t forget to share it. That’s also one of the ways that I try motivating myself to make a photo shoot work even when I want to scratch the whole thing. I was getting backed up on some things last week and really needing something simple to fix for lunch and that’s when I remembered this salad and decided to give it another chance to pose for me. I shot a second set of photos that morning but later I realized that I’d forgotten to add a few of the ingredients that I wanted in the recipe so I had to take a whole new set of pictures later that day. Fine, maybe I am a little obsessive sometimes, but enough about my ongoing photography issues. Let’s talk about this pasta salad! Did you know that you can buy chia pasta? Yeah, and it’s really good too. I used a brand that is made and sold here in Chile but I’m sure you can find similar brands wherever you live. Oh and can I just say, thinking of Chilean things reminds me how pasta salad is a pretty funny subject down here. The last time my mom took a bowl of it to a ladie’s gathering with some local friends, well, they didn’t really get it. She actually had someone ask her when and how you’re supposed to eat it (in a way that implied they’d never eat it). I think it’s safe to say we won’t try that one again since we’ve figured out that cold pasta is clearly far outside the bounds of Chilean cuisine and they find it really weird. I feel like this is becoming the story of my life in food the longer I live here. Hey, more for us, right? If you can’t find chia pasta you could just use regular fusilli or use any shape and type of pasta you like for that matter. It doesn’t necessarily have to be chia pasta. Although I did love using it and I recommend you try it if you stumble upon it at your local grocery store at some point (I’m not advertising anything btw, purely my own opinion here). As for the other ingredients in this salad, they’re all really simple things that you probably already have in your pantry and fridge. Just some super simple prep work and your all set. K, then you make a quick and easy tzatziki sauce and that’s what really brings the whole thing together and makes it so delicious. I didn’t even know half my family liked cucumbers so much until the first time I tried the stuff. Personally, when it comes to the world of veggies, they’re lower down on my list of faves but somehow when you add them to the other things in the tzatziki it creates a sauce that I completely fell in love with at first taste. In one of the earlier takes that I made of this recipe I added some avocado and in another one I thought I’d skip the olives for the haters in my gang.
Delicious, simple, and amazingly flavorful, these lamb gyros are the absolutely perfect way to use up any of your leftover lamb portions! Pile up your soft pita bread with a quick combo of seasoned lamb, our easy Greek salad, and a drizzle of our tzatziki sauce for a perfect meal!
This falafel platter is a lavish combination of homemade crispy falafel, tzatziki sauce, harissa hummus, maple dijon tahini sauce, and an easy Middle Eastern cucumber tomato chopped salad. It will be the star of your dinner party or picnic.
This easy vegetarian Greek pasta salad is with olives, cucumber, feta and cherry tomatoes is delicious and can be made in less than 30 minutes.
These spicy roasted chickpea wraps are full of crispy chickpeas, crunchy salad, and garlicky sauce - an easy, tasty vegetarian lunch idea!
This lemon pea stew recipe is a perfect veggie winter warmer. It’s super easy, and the addition of lemon and dill at the end makes for a vibrant zestiness that is so addictive. In some parts of Greece this recipe is made with meat, too. There are several Greek recipes that make arakas, or peas, the star of the show, and this is one. Other arakas recipes might include beef, or tomatoes - but I like the clean, sweet flavour of peas in combination with lemon and dill best. At our house this is served simply, with lots of crumbled feta cheese mixed with olive oil and lemon, maybe a side salad and some garlic bread. It sounds simple, but really this sits pride of place as a main meal. It is the perfect dish for early spring - it tides me over from the cold winter nights when all I want is a bowl of warm, nourishing stew into the springtime, when I crave fresh, green flavours. This lemon pea stew recipe straddles both of these desires perfectly.
Greek salad sandwich - all the best parts of a Greek salad, in sandwich form! Tons of fresh veggies, feta, olives, and an easy homemade black olive hummus.
How to make an Egg and Spinach Salad. This is an easy to make and delicious salad recipe that is perfect as a light lunch and supper or to accompany a main meal. Ingredients: Serves 2 4 large eggs60ml/4tbsp vegetable oil50g/2oz ciabatta or other crusty bread2 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped50g/2oz su
This Mediterranean-style Shakshuka was actually thought out by my husband! He is not often found cooking, but he hit on a real win with this simple Shakshuka recipe when I was too tired and busy to cook one day, back in Rhodes. We call it Greek Shakshuka; I don’t think that’s a real thing, but he took the shakshuka ingredients and added Greek staples so that’s what it became! What is Shakshuka? Shakshuka is a popular dish originating from North Africa, which has been popular with the Israeli community and Jewish diaspora, bringing it to brunch menus across the globe over the past decade or so. Broadly, Shakshuka consists of eggs poached in a tomato sauce, with vegetables, herbs and spices. We love our roster of Mediterranean egg recipes, so we had to somehow work this popular North African dish into the Mediterranean canon! To do this we keep it simple - tomatoes, feta and egg are the primary tastes here. This is perfect for a light lunch or supper with a side salad, this is, however, a go-to brunch dish, served with a side of toast. It’s a flexible recipe, too, so if you want to add a few herbs and spices, and even extra veg, be my guest. This is our recipe - feel free to tweak it until you have your own! We have this at least once a month for a comforting, sustaining and satisfying brunch.
Baked vegan Sweet Potato Falafel. Serve it in a pita sandwich, or with a big mixed salad. Great for batch cooking and meal prep!
Healthy lukewarm green Greek pasta salad is an easy and healthy lunch that can be made in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for a busy week day.
This pasta salad is such a simple dish that it barely needs a recipe; that’s part of the reason I love to make it! The second reason is that it gets some nice veggies into the kids’ diet without any fuss - they love pasta in every form. This is a great, easy supper dish. I often serve it with my wine-infused burger patties, for a hearty lunch or evening option. It’s also the perfect dish to feed to those guests who came round for coffee - and are still here hours later, when dinner is due! Cooking pasta is the easiest, quickest thing, and there is always enough in the fridge to help me rustle up this recipe. You might’ve noticed I use Greek yoghurt here, instead of mayonnaise. This really brings the calorie count back under control; it’s still an indulgent pasta, but the added protein from the Greek yoghurt and the decrease in calories make it easier to warrant cooking regularly. I tend to make a big batch of it, hoping to have it in the fridge to use as a side dish over the next two to three days - but my family often thwart this plan, demolishing it in one sitting!
Enjoy this refreshing and healthy chickpea salad sandwich that's easy to take on-the-go for all your summertime adventures. Serve with tomatoes, onions, and pickles for a perfect vegan salad sandwich.
Eggs are pretty synonymous with breakfast at our house. Boiled, poached, fried, scrambled - we love them all. But even more so, I love to serve up the Greek breakfast recipes I miss from home, and Strapatsada (or Kagianas) is certainly one of these. I remember this made with tomatoes picked fresh from a sunny garden, for a light and flavoursome summer breakfast served up under the hot Greek sun. In the UK we enjoy it all year round, but it really puts a smile on my face when skies are blue and the sun is out. Basically a Greek version of scrambled egg, with tomato, feta and oregano, this Strapatsada recipe could also work with a salad as a light lunch or dinner.
These are the easiest flatbreads ever, made simply with chickpea flour, water, spinach, lemon juice, olive oil and seasonings. The batter gets made right in the Vitamix or blender and is then cooked like crepes in a skillet. I love to pile the flatbreads with a quick Greek-style salad of tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, feta and a creamy buttermilk herb dressing, but you could top them with any seasonal vegetables or dressings you’d like. While you can eat the chickpea flatbreads like wraps if you serve them right away while they’re still pliant, you can also make them ahead then eat them with a fork and knife. I also love to tear off pieces of the bread and use them to grab the salad, much like you’d eat Indian food with naan bread. It's a healthy and quick lunch or weeknight dinner!
By Nicki Sizemore, adapted from Build-a-Bowl: 77 Satisfying & Nutritious Combos: Whole Grain + Vegetable + Protein + Sauce = Meal (Storey Publishing 2018)Homemade falafel on a weeknight? In under an hour? Yes you can! These easy falafel are made with canned chickpeas and a heap of fresh herbs right in the food processor. The falafel patties are pan-fried until golden and crisp then served with a velvety, dairy-free Tahini Sauce (you can make the sauce several days ahead). Serve the falafel in pita bread or in bowls over salad greens or grains. The falafel can be made with either oat or almond flour—oat flour creates slightly denser falafel (but they’re easier to flip), while the almond flour falafel will be a bit lighter but more delicate.
This simple and tasty feta pie is best straight from the oven, whilst it’s still crisp-edged, buttery, and warm. It’s a lazy pie; just a simple batter dotted with feta, which turns out the most mouth-watering results. It’s the kind of cooking I need sometimes - when you know you haven’t got much energy, but you really want to create something tasty, satisfying, and homemade. It’s a great ‘first pie’ or ‘first pastry’ for a new cook, too, as there are so few steps to consider. It depends on your larder, but as big feta fans in my household, this is basically a store cupboard pie, as I will always have the ingredients in my cupboards and fridge for an alevropita! The name translates as ‘flour pie’, as you just make a simple batter and dot this with feta and butter before baking. It’s important to follow step one, and get that tray into the oven before you start the recipe (though keep an eye on it, as you don’t want the fat getting too hot and burning) - because it’s that contact with a hot tray immediately that makes sure the thin batter gets a hit of heat from the start and creates those all-important crispy edges. This is a recipe that’s great at any time of day; a quick and easy breakfast, or a tasty lunch served with a side salad. For me it really comes into its own as a quick mezze to make to add to a table when you have guests coming round!
These easy quinoa burgers come together quickly in the food processor! The burgers are incredibly versatile—you can serve them alone with a salad, on buns, or stuffed into pita bread. Top them with hummus, cucumbers, avocado, yogurt or cheese (if not vegan), tomatoes, mint leaves... whatever you like! This is a great way to use up leftover quinoa.
Easy Greek pasta salad with cucumbers and tomatoes has all of the flavors of a Greek salad with addition of pasta. It’s refreshing and so easy to make and perfect to prepare ahead of time. In fact, it tastes better when it’s made ahead of time.