Best Mediterranean Recipes | olivemagazine

A bowl of tzatziki with a flatbread dipped in

Grilled kofte (izgara köfte)

A plate of grilled kofte – a Cypriot meat dish made with lamb or beef mince – will go down a treat at a Mediterranean-inspired feast.

Plate filled with grilled meat patties, sliced tomato and flatbread

Halloumi and black olive cake

Make this Cypriot halloumi and black olive cake, then serve it alongside Meliz Berg’s grilled kofte and türlü (roasted vegetable stew) as part of a Mediterranean spread.

Halloumi and black olive cake on a white plate, sliced into wedges

Türlü (roasted vegetable stew)

Roast veg with herbs and warming spices to make this vegan dish from Cyprus – it can be eaten hot, warm or cold.

White bowl filled with roasted veg and green herbs on a marble background

Mediterranean baked hake

A fresh and vibrant way to serve hake, with plenty of hot smoked paprika for added kick. You can mop-up all those lovely juices with crusty bread.

Mediterranean baked hake

Mediterranean roast peppers with olives and goat’s cheese

Stuff sweet crunchy peppers with cherry tomatoes and garlic then roast and top with creamy goat’s cheese for a low calorie vegetarian midweek meal.

Goat's Cheese Stuffed Peppers Recipe with Olives

Halloumi and Mediterranean veg traybake

Our vegetarian tray bake packs in plenty of seasonal veg and salty halloumi for a vibrant Mediterranean dinner ready in 30 minutes. Discover our best halloumi recipes here.

Roasted Vegetables with Halloumi Recipe

Gigantes plaki (Greek baked beans)

Ready in under an hour, this Mediterranean one-pot is packed with plenty of fresh flavours as well as protein and fibre, making it a healthy vegetarian meal idea with less than 300 calories.

Gigantes Plaki Recipe

Baked chorizo and squash rice with manchego crust

Try our Spanish inspired baked rice dish with crispy manchego crust and butternut squash for a filling midweek meal ready in 50 minutes. Check out more of our butternut squash recipes here.

Baked Squash Recipe with Chorizo

Chicken cacciatore

This summery Italian one-pot is easy to make and freezes brilliantly, plus, it’s low cal and gluten free. The recipe is easily halved if you only want to serve 3-4 people.

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe with olives

Leek and green olive pissaladière

Pissaladière is a dish which originated from Nice in Southern France. The dough is usually a bread dough thicker than that of the classic Italian pizza. This is a great version using leeks, green olives and sultanas.

Leek, green olive and sultana pissaladière

Spicy merguez and cod tray roast

Spicy, smoky lamb merguez gives this sauce a rich, deep flavour and combines really well with the cod. You could also use cooking chorizo for a similar result. Try more of our ideas with olives here…

Merguez Sausage Recipe with Cod and Harissa Sauce


Check out this traditional Greek spanakopita pie recipe. This easy spinach filo pastry pie is super crispy and packed with creamy feta. Plenty more Greek recipes to try here…

Spanakopita Recipe

Vegetable tagine

This recipe for Moroccan veg and chickpea tagine is vegan, low-fat and really easy to make. This makes enough for four, but the leftovers freeze well.

Moroccan Tagine Recipe With Veg and Chickpeas

Orzo deli salad

Check out this super simple orzo salad recipe with crunchy red onion and sweet SunBlush tomatoes. This vegan salad recipe is easy to make and low in calories.

Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

Green gazpacho with burrata and prosciutto

Check out this vibrant gazpacho recipe with punchy jalapeños, crispy prosciutto and creamy burrata. Chilling this gazpacho will allow its flavours to develop fully. You could use red tomatoes, but you won’t get as vivid a colour.

Green Gazpacho Recipe with Burrata and Prosciutto

Roast monkfish with chorizo, sherry and rice

Check out this super simple monkfish recipe for two. Ready in 40 minutes, this easy fish dish is wholesome midweek meal to enjoy all year through.

Monkfish Recipe with Chorizo, Sherry Wine and Rice

Italian baked meatballs

Meatballs baked in rich tomato sauce with a melting mozzarella topping – this recipe is all about comfort food. It’s also perfect for freezing, making it a great option for when you don’t want to cook mid-week. Looking for meatballs ideas? Click here to try.

Italian Baked Meatballs Recipe

Lamb tagine

Spicy lamb tagine is a real crowd pleaser. It serves six so is great for feeding the family or a group of friends, or you can freeze it in smaller batches so that it’ll do several nights. Olives add a richness to this traditional Moroccan recipe.

Lamb tagine

Chicken parmesan

Our take on a classic comfort food dish, this recipe for chicken parmesan is easy and ready in just 30 minutes.

Chicken in parmesan and tomato sauce on a plate with salad

Cod, cherry tomato and green olive tray roast

This recipe for cod, cherry tomato and green olive tray roast is so quick and easy to prepare but looks impressive when you pull it out of the oven. Serve with a big bowl of buttered orzo.

Baked Cod Loin Recipe with Olives

Spinach and ricotta filo pie

This spinach and ricotta vegetarian pie made with filo pastry is very light at under 200 calories per slice. Ready in under an hour you can make it ahead and cook it when you need it. If you’re a fan of pie and vegetarian, try our ideas here.

Spinach and Ricotta Vegetarian Filo Pastry Pie Recipe

Baked Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo

A spicy Spanish one pot. Made with chicken and chorizo and plenty of hot smoked paprika, this is a gutsy rice dish that is sure to impress friends and family. Plenty more Spanish recipes to try here…

Spanish Rice with Chicken and Chorizo Recipe

Broccoli and red pepper frittata

This broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata makes for a quick, healthy and delicious midweek meal. It’s on the table in just 20 minutes, plus it’s low-cal and 5:2 diet-friendly.

Broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata

Tuscan slow cooked shin of beef with chianti

Italian cusine never goes out of fashion. This recipe for Tuscan slow-cooked shin of beef with chianti is a brilliant example of how to do things simply but perfectly. This is a great one to make when you need to feed a crowd

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Tuscan slow-cooked beef shin with Chianti

Marinated tomato and feta salad

This recipe for marinated tomato and feta salad makes a quick and easy vegetarian meal for two midweek. It also makes a tasty lunch to take to work.

Marinated Tomato Salad Recipe With Feta

Smoky albondigas

The best Spanish meatballs recipe: These albondigas are made with beef and pork mince and served in a quick, rich tomato sauce. Make for easy tapas, or part of a dinner-party menu.

Smoky Albondigas Spanish Meatballs Recipe

Chicken traybake with lemon, orzo and olives

This chicken tray bake with lemon, olives and orzo is a great midweek meal for all the family. It’s super simple, and low in calories.

Traybake with chicken thigh pieces on a bed of orzo and olives

Antipasti rigatoni

This recipe for antipasti rigatoni is a great Italian-inspired recipe for a speedy, healthy supper. Using the best Italian antipasti ingredients and combining it with pasta is ideal for a mid-week meal.

Antipasti Rigatoni Recipe

Portuguese custard tarts

Make classic Portuguese custard tarts Pastéis de Nata with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. Dusting the pastry with icing sugar gives the tarts a golden, caramelised crust when cooked.

Portuguese custard tarts on a cooling rack

Loukoumades Greek donuts

One of the pleasures of a Greek holiday comes in those moments after dark (and after dinner) when everyone moves to the tables in a local square to drink coffee and eat plates of tiny cinnamon-scented doughnuts. Whether your preference is for the sugar-dusted variety or those soaked in honey, try making them at home for a crowd-pleasing dessert with a difference.

Loukoumades Recipe (Greek Doughnuts)


Whip up our smart, authentic version of this classic Italian dessert, made with mascarpone, marsala and savoiardi biscuits soaked in coffee and Tia Maria.

Classic Tiramisu Recipe

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