Topped with fresh veggies and a creamy cilantro sauce, these Greek nachos are zesty and 100% plant based (basically Mediterranean nachos)!
Where’s the place you escape to in your mind when life gets overwhelming? For me, it’s Greece. I imagine a view like this, below. It’s a photo we took on our trip to Santorini three years ago, when we were trying to escape something overwhelming. It’s a long story (here’s the long version), but the short of it is that we were trying to start a family and it wasn’t working. Well-meaning friends and strangers would put in their two cents, like “Just relax! It happens when you’re relaxed and not thinking about it.” So after thinking about it for too long, we decided a trip to Europe would surely make the magic happen. Keep reading for more on our Greece trip and this Greek nachos recipe.
An escape to Greece
We escaped to Santorini, meeting my best friend and sister in a white-washed bungalow with the view above. It was straight out of a movie, and we felt inspired and carefree. We stayed up late drinking wine and laughing, hiked to nearby villages to swim, and ate our weight in fresh Greek salad. Unfortunately, the magic still didn’t happen.
On the flip side, we had an incredible vacation to a new country that inspired the way we cook from that day forward. So there still was a bit of magic, just not the magic we were hoping for. We’d been inspired by Mediterranean cuisine for years, but tasting it in that sparkling Greek sunlight was pure magic.
Related: Things to Do in Santorini, Greece
Some Greek recipes, & Greek nachos fusion
Coming home, the summer produce in Indiana was ripe for transformation into Greek cuisine. After much research, we created our version of the traditional Greek salad, that refreshing combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese. Feta in the oven, a gooey block of feta cheese warmed in the oven with tomatoes and olive oil, was a new favorite we’d shared with a bottle of wine and pita bread. And of course we had to perfect tzatziki, that cool yogurt and cucumber spread for sopping up with pita.
When I interviewed the great pizza chef-restaurateur Chris Bianco for our podcast, he mentioned that while traditional food has its place, part of cooking is also creating your own dishes inspired by those time-tested traditions. In that vein, these Greek nachos are in no way traditional (I mean, they’re Mediterranean nachos). However, at the same time they’re inspired by the flavors and feeling of Greece.
How to make Greek nachos
What’s in these Greek nachos? Sweet summery tomatoes, cool cucumber, and lightly flavored white beans are spread over crunchy pita chips and covered in a cool, bright green cilantro sauce. In contrast to much of the food we had in Greece, these Greek nachos are vegan, so they’re 100% plant based! And they’re not at all lacking in flavor. Eat them as a healthy meal, or an appetizer. They’re a lovely summer weeknight meal to enjoy on the patio with a glass of rosé in hand.
For these Greek nachos, we’ve called for making your own pita chips. These Homemade Pita Chips call for a za’atar topping. If you’re not familiar, za’atar is a traditional Middle Eastern spice blend that typically contains toasted sesame seeds, thyme, sumac, and salt. If you’re not up for finding some new ingredients, you can omit: but it adds a nice complexity to the nachos!
The cilantro sauce for these Greek nachos is one of our favorites: it’s creamy and delicious using soaked cashews as a base. It’s 100% plant based (vegan), which is nice since many Mediterranean style recipes include cheese! Not that we’re against cheese at all! It’s just nice to have fully plant based options, too: right?
Looking for Mediterranean recipes?
Mediterranean recipes are common on our table. Outside of these Greek nachos, here are some of the recipes inspired by our trip to Greece, and all our Mediterranean recipes:
- Greek salad
- Baked feta with tomatoes
- Authentic Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Cucumber Dip)
- Mediterranean Bulgur Salad (Tabbouleh)
- Baklava Cups
- Greek Grilled Veggie Skewers
- All Mediterranean recipes!
This recipe is…
This Greek nachos recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free. For gluten-free, use gluten-free pita bread.Print
Topped with fresh veggies and creamy cilantro sauce, these Greek nachos are zesty and wholesome. Unique to many Mediterranean recipes, they’re also vegan.
- Start soaking the cashews for the Creamy Cilantro Sauce (or soak the cashews in advance or overnight).
- Make the homemade pita chips.
- Dice the cucumber and quarter the tomatoes; sprinkle both lightly with kosher salt. Chop the olives. Drain and rinse the beans; in a small bowl, mix the beans with the olive oil, kosher salt, and a few grinds of fresh ground black pepper.
- Make the Creamy Cilantro Sauce.
- To serve, place the pita chips on a plate. Top with veggies and beans, and drizzle with cilantro sauce and additional olive oil (if desired). Sprinkle with torn cilantro and serve.
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Blended
- Cuisine: Greek
Keywords: greek nachos
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.