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!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 baby eggplants, sliced lengthwise (½" 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
  • ½ 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

Instructions

  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

Keywords: Mezze platter, party platter, middle eastern appetizer

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  1. Some of my favorite things but why buy hummus? it's so easy to make and it stores well. Good make ahead treat.

    1. Maureen, thanks for stopping in! Great feedback. Most of the time, when I make hummus, I like to use dried chickpeas, soak them over night, and then I cook them of course before I make the hummus. But when I don't have time to do that, I use quality ready made hummus like Sabra because they actually make their hummus from dried chickpeas (not pasteurized or from cans) and real Mediterranean tahini. We all take short cuts once in a while, as long as we don't sacrifice the quality 😉

  2. Looks delicious to me! I don't need anything else, I love everything about this!

  3. Hummus and FIGS! Yes! Your platter is lovely, and I could make dinner out of that, any day. Love the Sabra brand...it is so high quality and tasty!

  4. #1..you are adorbs! #2. This looks so fantastic!!! I love LOVE this platter! And last minute cas parties like this are my favorite!!!

    1. Mila, thanks so much! You are so kind. Glad you like this platter; makes having a party so easy!

  5. We love hummus and sabra products in our house. You have shown how well it goes with so many things.

  6. There is everything I love in this mezze plate. It's colorful, it's tasty, it's healthy. You did an amazing job with this recipe!!!

  7. This looks amazing! Dumb question...how do you eat fresh figs? I've never had them. Just eat the whole thing? Just the inside?

    1. Thank u! Just wash the figs, cut in half and enjoy! They are great too with ricotta cheese and a little honey!

    2. Slice or not. Entire fig is edible.That is if they are not green. If green, throw away. Worse than persimmon!!!!

  8. I love the idea of adding hummus to the platter. This looks so elegant and delicious! I love all of those European cheeses. Mozzarella is my favorite! Great platter with a nice array of different Mediterranean foods. 🙂

    I recently made a southern cooking and baking blog.
    Here is the link: http://kcolescreativecorner.com
    If you would like to come check it out, I would greatly appreciate that.
    Thanks so much, Suzy! 🙂

  9. Party plate???? I thought it was for me!!! Yes...I could eat it all for lunch and dinner. The figs...oh, how I miss figs.

    1. haha, Vicki! I would totally enjoy one of these myself too. Figs are a favorite! Appreciate the comment!

  10. YUM. This is basically all my favourites on one plate, love it! The red pepper hummus looks incredible, as do the roasted aubergines! So easy to put together as well 🙂

    1. Becca, great to see you here! Yes, this is super easy to put together, but I love every bite of this platter! Thanks so much for your kind comment.

    1. Denise, you made me smile! Thanks for the sweet comment. I am so glad you like this mezze party platter idea. If you try it, let me know. And thanks for sharing.