Ready to give your meals a bold Mediterranean twist? This roundup of Best Mediterranean Recipes of the year will give you all the inspiration you need. This selection is updated with the top 25+ recipes of this year as voted by fans of The Mediterranean Dish! Also be sure to see our collection of top Mediterranean Diet Recipes.

A collage of food images for the top Mediterranean recipes to try in 2022

One of the fun rituals I look forward to every December is updating my list with the very BEST Mediterranean recipes of the year! I love looking back to see which recipes everyone loved most. And this year's list is a good mix between easy modern recipes like whipped labneh, mushroom pasta or marinated grilled chicken wings, and tried-n-true Mediterranean classics like falafel, moussaka, and hummus (my all-time favorites).

Whether you've stumbled here looking to follow the world's best diet or just looking for healthier dinners with big, bright flavors, there is something for you on this list of top 25+ Mediterranean recipes to try this year!

You can also see our top Mediterranean diet recipes and hundreds more here. And join my e-mail list for FREE weekly meal plans!

What does eating the Mediterranean way (or the Mediterranean Diet) Look Like? 

I should point out that this post is not necessarily about the Mediterranean diet. You should review this post: what is the Mediterranean diet and how to follow it for more information.  But, the majority of the recipes in this roundup do follow the Mediterranean way of eating and are a great place to start as well.

And the good news is, you can easily cook colorful Mediterranean recipes you can feel good about, and the list of recipes below is a great start! So if you're wondering what eating the Mediterranean way (or the Mediterranean diet)  looks like, here is my super quick-n-dirty summary...

Table setting of Mediterranean ingredients including salmon, legumes, and nuts

What to eat on the Mediterranean diet

  • Use quality extra virgin olive oil regularly. I use these two: Greek Early Harvest extra virgin olive oil and Greek Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil
  • Eat MORE: fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, and legumes.
  • Eat MODERATELY: Lean proteins from fish and some poultry.
  • Eat LESS: Red Meats and Sweets (sweets are often eliminated if you're following a stricter Mediterranean diet.)
  • For Flavor: Reduce salt and use more fresh herbs, garlic, citrus, and spices.

This shopping list should help you grab what you need to start cooking the Mediterranean way.

And now, let's get to our top Mediterranean recipes of this year as decided by lovely readers and followers of this site! For your convenience, I've divided the list of recipes into two sections: Mediterranean dinner recipes and entrees (main dishes), and Mediterranean salads, sides and sauces. Here we go...

Best Mediterranean Recipes to Try in 2022

To see each recipe, simply click on the recipe name highlighted in blue.

Mediterranean breakfast

There is no shortage of Mediterranean breakfast recipes here on the site, but this year, two breakfast recipes won everyone's heart:

15-Minute Mediterranean Breakfast Bowls. Instagram went nuts for these easy breakfast bowls with eggs, hummus, and delicious sauteed veggies. This is a good one that you can prep ahead and assemble any day of the week!

A healthy breakfast bowl (with eggs) on a plate blue

Turkish Cilbir (Poached Eggs). Savory poached eggs over garlicy yogurt and finished with a warm spicy olive oil sauce. Enjoy it with your favorite chunky bread!

Cilbir Turkish Eggs in a blue dish

Mediterranean Dinner Recipes & Mains

Baked Chicken Thighs. Can't go wrong with comforting juicy chicken, coated in a bold Mediterranean rub and baked in a high-heated oven.

Baked chicken thighs in a blue baking dish

Garlic Mushroom Pasta. Loads of mushrooms, garlic, shallots, and a little parmesan, tossed with perfectly cooked pasta, and a lighter silky-smooth sauce! Rich and velvety mushroom pasta recipe WITHOUT any cream.

A skillet with mushroom pasta

Shrimp Scampi. Skip the restaurant and make this easy shrimp recipe right at home in less than 20 minutes! And if you're a garlic lover, you might even double the sauce so you have plenty to toss this shrimp with your favorite pasta!

Garlic butter shrimp scampi

Baked White Fish with Tomatoes and Olives. Such a simple fish recipe that is so worth a try! You'll love the bright tomato and olive topping.

White fish topped with tomatoes and olives

Greek-Style Eggplant Recipe. This simple vegan eggplant stew with chickpeas and tomatoes is all the comfort. And you'll love the Greek flavors thanks to a little extra virgin olive oil and a combination of warm spices including oregano, paprika, and a pinch of cinnamon.

Eggplant stew with chickpeas and tomatoes in Dutch oven

Roast Lamb Rack. My girls call these lamb lollipops because they are perfect hand-held meat! I give them a simple Mediterranean garlic marinade and they cook in just 15 minutes or so in a high-heated oven.

roast rack of lamb chops with tzatziki sauce

Chicken Shawarma. This easy baked chicken shawrama will transport you to the streets of the Middle East! Loads of flavor. The secret is in the simple homemade shawarma spice mixture. Recipe comes with a step-by-step tutorial and video show you exactly how to make this delicious chicken.

Homemade chicken shawarma pita sandwiches

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio. Classic Italian pasta with garlic and olive oil, takes only 5 ingredients and less than 20 minutes to make! 

A bowl of pasta aglio e olio topped with parsley and parmesan

Baked Lemon Garlic Salmon. Perfectly tender, flaky baked salmon with a homemade lemon and garlic sauce. This recipe takes very little prep and less than 20 minutes to cook.

Lemon Garlic Salmon on Baking Sheet with Parsley Garnish and lemon slices

Falafel. If you've ever wanted to try homemade falafel from scratch, my tutorial is all you need! Hearty and  healthy vegan patties made of ground chickpeas, garlic, and fresh herbs. An authentic falafel recipe just as they serve on the streets of the Middle East. And I show you how to fix the BEST falafel sandwiches.

Falafel in pita pockets with garden vegetabiles and tahini

Italian Baked Chicken Breasts. Boneless skinless chicken breasts prepared with a simple spice mixture, garlic and extra virgin olive oil, and finished with fresh parsley and basil!

Italian Baked Chicken with Tomatoes. Garnished with Basil and Parsley

Spanakopita. Savory Greek pie made of perfectly flaky phyllo dough with a warm spinach and feta cheese filling. It's easier to make than most people think. Check out the recipe and tutorial.

Spanakopita Recipe (Greek Spinach Pie) | The Mediterranean Dish. The best tutorial for how to make spanakopita. Greek spinach pie with crispy, golden phyllo and a soft filling of spinach, feta cheese, and herbs. A holiday recipe for make it for dinner! So easy. See it at TheMediterraneanDish.com

Mediterranean fish soup. Eastern Mediterranean spices like cumincoriander, and turmeric, along with fresh herbs and lemon juice, take your average fish soup to a new level of delicious. You'll want to serve it with some good bread to mop up the delicious, extra herby broth!

Mediterranean fish soup

Mediterranean Salads and Sides

Greek Salad. A classic that everyone loves made with the perfect combination of garden veggies and finished with blocks of feta cheese and kalamata olives. If you like, you can use my ladolemono dressing on this delicious salad.

Traditional Greek Salad

Italian Pasta Salad. Curly pasta, tossed with crunchy veggies, salami or ham, and a light homemade Italian dressing. I love this dish for a large party or pot-luck dinner.

Lemon Roasted Broccoli. Instagram went crazy for this sexy broccoli with just the right amount of char!

roasted broccoli with feta, red pepper flakes and a side of lemon wedges

Toasted Orzo Pasta. Another one that Instagram went nuts for is this simple toasted orzo recipe with Parmesan and Sun-dried tomatoes. This side dish goes with nearly any entree you pick!

toasted orzo pasta with sundried tomatoes, parmesan, garlic and fresh herbs in one pan

Tabouli. If there is ever a classic Mediterranean salad, it is hands-down tabouli (or tabbouleh). Made of  finely chopped vegetables, lots of fresh parsley and bulgur wheat, then tossed with lime juice and extra virgin olive oil. For me, I like adding cucumbers to my tabouli for extra crunch!

tabouli salad on a plate

Appetizers and Mezze

I have the largest selection of Mediterranean mezze and small plates, it is my favorite way to eat! But here are a few reader favorites for this year:

Greek Baked Feta. I was first introduced to warm, creamy, and luscious baked feta many years ago in Greece, and it is still one of my favorite things to serve with a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and crusty bread.

Baked feta with tomatoes, peppers and herbs

Fried Calamari. Crispy fried calamari finish with lemon juice is a classic Mediterranean appetizer that is now loved world-wide. A few tips make all the difference in getting your calamari just right so that it is never rubbery.

Top down picture of calamari on a plate

Grilled Chicken Wings. Yes, it is totally possible to give your chicken wings a Mediterranean twist! The secret to these delicious wings is in the onion marinade that is loaded with warm spices.

Grilled chicken wings piled on a plate

Whipped Labneh Dip. This easy dip starts with my basic labneh recipe which takes very little effort to make using plain whole milk yogurt and salt. From there, you'll whip the creamy labneh with a bit of lemon zest and finish it with a warmed olive oil sauce with olives, tomatoes, and a good dash of za'atar. I'm not surprised this one made the top recipes list, it is a simple appetizer that brings the wow factor every time.

whipped labneh dip in a bowl topped with warmed olives and tomatoes in olive oil, garnished with parsley

Gabmas al Ajillo. Spanish garlic shrimp in the tastiest wine sauce! This quick appetizer is best served immediately with crusty bread.

Gambas al Ajillo Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Greek Tzatziki Sauce. Greek yogurt sauce with cucumbers and fresh garlic. This is a versatile sauce that is the perfect accompaniment to many Mediterranean dishes. I love it with souvlaki or even salmon kabobs.

Greek tzatziki sauce with pita

And if you're wondering about the baked goods for the year, again, they were non other than pita bread and baklava!

*This post is updated every year to reflect readers' choices and top Mediterranean recipes for the given year.

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  1. I have had so many of these recipes! My favorites are the Spanish garlic shrimp, whipped labneh and spaghetti aglio e olio!!

  2. This is wonderful! I am sending this link to all of my buddies right now. They all love your recipes and now the best ones are all in one place. LOVE IT!

  3. Definitely some personal favorites on here: the grilled chicken wings, mushroom pasta and baked feta! Can't wait to try some of the others !!

  4. Hi Suzy
    I've just started this journey with eating a Mediterranean diet. Could you please add me to our mailing list.

    Thanks

    Tess

  5. Hi. The link to be added to your email list does not work. If you still have one, add me to it please.
    I love your recipes. Thanks.

  6. I was recommended to a Mediterranean diet lifestyle from my nutritionist. I came across these recipes and found you. I'm just beginning the recipes for my family and super excited to try a healthier way of eating. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Red. I'm not sure. You doctor could probably advise you better on this one. I don't have a medical background.

  7. Hi, I started for this recipes almost a month ago. Telling the truth not for dieting but for the flavors and colors in the meals. I’m so happy I have variety of meals for the family as well as weight loss. Many thanks to you Suzy!
    Many more blessings to you too!

  8. Dear Suzy,
    Just love love love your blog. Your recipes and tips have NEVER failed. Infact they are the most amazing recipes. Thank you so so much.
    Wanted to request you to post a great recipe for SAGANAKI and the cheese that should be used, along with the recipe of a fig preserve ( made of dried figs). Also would love options that we can use to serve the Saganaki cheese wait.
    Thank you so much.
    Best , Shefali

  9. My husband and I just started the Med Diet. Thank you for these wonderful recipes! So far we have had the Baked Cherry Tomato & Feta and the Shakshuka. No leftovers...gone immediately and so delicious!!!
    We are planning on staying on this for 30 days. If it was up to me it would be forever!

  10. Suzy, I've cooked many of your recipes. Your recipes are by far my favorites. One of my favs is the Red Lentil Soup. I can't eat enough. Also, I love your spices and olive oil. The Mediterranean Diet is wonderful and delicious. Thank you Suzy. I'm always looking forward to your recipes. BTW, I've downloaded many of your recipes and have a special folder labeled, you guessed it, Mediterranean.

  11. I’m so excited about finding your website. I’m looking for flavorful healthy dishes for my family to enjoy. I really want my kids to develop a love of eating healthy. This site provides so many options that my family has enjoyed during this pandemic. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. I think you sent a recipe for baked feta with olives, spices and sun dried tomatoes; however, I did not save it but it sounded so good. Can you resend the recipe?

  13. I am new to cooking this delicious type of food.
    I do however find some of the sauces for dishes scant thus making the dish seem a little dry.

    How or what can I add to give the recipes a bit more sauce or moisture.
    The 2 recipes I have tried were:
    Meatless Lasagna with feta cheese
    Fettuccine with sun dried tomatoes and goat cheese.

    I hope you can guide me in the right direction.

    Tammy Pineau
    heartofmidwest@yahoo.com

    1. Hi, Tammy! Since those aren't my recipes, it's a little a hard to say, but sometimes simply doubling the sauce helps.

  14. This site has been a quarantine Godsend. I especially appreciate so many of the vegetarian recipes. I'm definitely an "amateur" cook, and while quarantining with my older parents, these recipes have helped to show that there are so many healthy and tasty options that don't involve meat (and then several that they can try that do have some healthy meats). We have tried several and they aren't too difficult and they are all incredibly delicious. We have done hummus, Briam, Shakshuka, Loaded Baked Potatoes, and tzatziki to name a few. I appreciate these. Thank you very much.

    1. Hi, Bartley! I'm so happy to hear you've found so many helpful recipes for you and your parents here! Thank you for sharing your experience!

  15. New home duties have me cvooking for my wife, daughter, and mother in law once a week. I've never cooked in my life. I camne across your website and have been trying them. Not only are they easy but really good. My family thinks I'm a chef extraordinair. Thanks a ton Suzzy