Today we get to talk about one of my favorite topics: Mezze. Mezze takes the party platter to a whole new level of delicious. And it's not hard to put together the perfect Mediterranean mezze platter with dips like hummus or baba ganoush, along with fresh veggies and other Mediterranean favorites. Be sure to see my complete guide below and watch the video for how to build the perfect Mediterranean mezze platter!

Mezze party platter with hummus

Where I come from, a gathering is not complete without mezze!

If you're not familiar, mezze is basically small plates for sharing; often thought of as appetizers. But, if you've been to Greece, Turkey, Lebanon or parts of the eastern Mediterranean, you probably know that mezze can be the entire meal.

To me, mezze is the most disarming, unpretentious, and intimate meal. It is designed for long visits, lots of laughter, and the deepest of conversations with friends and loved ones.

Mezze party platter with hummus

How to Build The Perfect Mediterranean Mezze Platter 

Putting together the perfect Mezze platter is not complicated at all. Here is a simple guide for you:

1) Remember mezze is for sharing. Think, intimate and plentiful. Find the largest platter you have to display your mezze. Of course you can serve mezze in separate small dishes, and I do that often. But I also enjoy a beautiful mezze platter display.  One mezze platter works particularly well for smaller parties of 10 or fewer guests. And you can always make two or more platters if you are having a larger party.

Mezze party platter with hummus

2) Vegetables are king! True Mediterranean mezze includes plenty of colorful veggies.

If you have time, make a Mediterranean salad like tabouli, which can be a beautiful centerpiece to your platter. This time,  I kept things simple by choosing to slice up some fresh tomatoes and Persian cucumbers (which are great with dips and spreads).

Add roasted vegetables! I enjoy roasted eggplant, weather with the addition of tahini and pomegranates like this one, or plain with a pinch of Sumac! Other options like roasted tomatoes or baked zucchini would work too!

Fried eggplant slices

3) Creamy spreads take center stage!

In the eastern Mediterranean, you will find that mezze always includes dips and spreads along with warm pita bread. Top of the list is, of course, hummus!

If you have the time, you can make a classic creamy hummus or this roasted red pepper hummus ahead of time.  In a pinch, I've also quality store-bought hummus like organic hummus from Sabra, for example.

Consider adding tzatziki  or  labneh (yogurt cheese). Again, if you don't have the time, you can use quality store-bought tzatziki, and you may find labneh at specialty stores or your local Middle Eastern store.

Mezze party platter with hummus

5) Add olives and briny pickles! I like to add things like quick pickled cucumbers, Greek kalmata olives, marinated artichokes, or pickled mushrooms. Check out your local store's olive bar for inspirations.

6) Other Mediterranean favorites: cheese (feta and baby mozzarella are my go-to here); meats like Prosciutto or salami; and figs or grapes for a little something sweet to cleanse the palette.

7) Breads. Of course warm pita is always a good choice to go with your mezze platter. But you can add crostini and crackers as well.

I hope you'll use this as a loose guideline for building your mezze platter. Remember, there really is no right or wrong way to mezze. The one rule: Share!

Watch The Video to see how I put together my Mediterranean Mezze Platter:

Other Recipes to Try

Ultimate Mediterranean Brunch Board 

Baba Ganoush (Eggplant Dip) 

Baked Brie with Jam and Nuts

Mediterranean Grilled Shrimp with Roasted Garlic Cilantro Sauce 

Batata Harra: Middle Eastern Spicy Potato Salad 

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Mezze Platter

Mezze: How to Build the perfect Mediterranean Party Platter

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An easy and healthy Mediterranean mezze platter is a sure and healthy way to please a crowd!


  • 2 baby eggplants, sliced lengthwise (Β½" or so in width)
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Traditional Creamy Hummus or 10-oz tub quality store-bought alternative
  • Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Hummus or 10-oz tub quality store-bought alternative
  • Β½ bell pepper, any color, cored
  • Homemade Greek Tzatziki or quality store-bought tzatziki
  • 6 Campari tomatoes, quartered
  • 6 Persian (baby) cucumbers, sliced into spears
  • Pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 15-oz can good quality marinated artichoke hearts
  • 6 oz Greek feta cheese, cubed (not crumbled)
  • 6 oz baby mozzarella cheese balls
  • 3 oz prosciutto di parma
  • 6 California fresh figs, halved (substituent: seedless grapes)
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • Pita bread or your choice of rustic European bread for serving


  1. Place the eggplant slices on some paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Let the eggplants "sweat out" any bitterness for 20 minutes or so. Pat dry.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the eggplant slices on a lightly oiled baking pan, drizzle generously with olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, assemble the remaining ingredients on a large serving platters. Begin with the two hummus spreads on opposite sides. Place Tzatziki sauce in the cored bell pepper right at the center of the platter. Assemble the remaining ingredients on the platter to your liking. When the eggplant is roasted to a nice medium-brown, remove it from the oven and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of sumac. Add the roasted eggplant to the platter.
  4. You can cover and refrigerate this mezze party platter; take it out a few minutes before your guests arrive. Enjoy with warm pita and crostini or your choice of crackers!
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean



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I'm Suzy; born and bred right on the shores of the Mediterranean. I'm all about easy, healthy recipes with big Mediterranean flavors. Three values guide my cooking: eat with the seasons; use whole foods; and above all, share! So happy you're here...
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  1. Gail McKelvey says:

    My mouth is watering just reading this! Quick question, while I love eggplant, when serving like this, do you need a fork/spoon? Is the baby sliced into slices to be dipped or is an entire half of the baby a serving? Thank you for this wonderful suggestion!

  2. Jasson says:

    Very nice platter chef πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘. Thank you for your effort 🌞😎

  3. Eslam says:

    Thank you Suzy. A lot of your recipes look amazing. However, regarding the Lebanese cuisine, kindly try to double check them with Lebanese mothers and grannies, as most of them are neither prepared nor presented the Lebanese authentic way. I'm sure you are aware that Lebanese cuisine is lovable across the world for its light ingredients and tasty flavor. So please, let's introduce our food mates to the true magic of my Lebanon's enchanting recipes.
    Best of luck.

  4. Cheryl Strachan says:

    Looks great! Perfect for a hot day.

  5. Emily says:

    Your posts always make my mouth water just looking at those delicious photos. Then reading the preparation and ingredients, there i go again with the mouth watering. Thank you so much for enlarging my taste buds. I love getting you emails. Thank you so much.

    1. Suzy says:

      Thank you for your kinds words, Emily!

  6. Cindy says:

    Suzy, I am new to your site and LOVE it--your recipes, videos, notes & tips, photos-- so well done!

    For a small birthday / Mother's Day celebration, we enjoyed putting our mezzo platter together with most of your suggestions.....also made your best layered hummus dip alongside. My guests took pictures of the table, which is not a routine occurrence in my kitchen! Everything was so delicious and filling--and fun!--but not heavy or rich. For dessert, your Greek yogurt parfait with kailua and nuts was perfection.

    Thank you, thank you--your work is truly exceptional! My only suggestion: the recipe index feature seems off (unless it's me?) For example, when I enter "hummus", the layered hummus dip recipe doesn't arrive in the options. Then again, it's definitely worth the search πŸ™‚

    1. Suzy says:

      Hi, Cindy! Welcome! I'm so glad you found us! Thanks for the heads up on the index. We'll have our tech team take a look.

  7. Kristin says:

    We usually do the antipasti platter (my family is from the Adriatic side of the Mediterranean) but I think I'll change it up this year and do the mezza platter instead!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Enjoy, Kristin! Thanks for sharing

  8. Joyce says:

    For Thanksgiving, I took my host what I thought was an appetizer tray based on charcuterie. I included cheeses, some grilled vegetables. grape tomatoes, olives, marinated artichoke hearts, a few random peppers I found at the olive bar (Peppadews, sweetie drop peppers), dolmas, and I can't remember what else.

    Maybe I should have stuck with American, French, Latin, or Meditteranean "small plates", but frankly, it was fun to mix things up and include what I like!

    I love your ideas, and look forward trying them

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thanks so much for sharing, Joyce!