Liven up your meal plan with these Mediterranean recipes: they’re fresh and bright, full of vegetables, grains and olive oil!

Mediterranean recipes

Looking to liven up your meal planning? Look no further than these fresh, bright Mediterranean recipes! The Mediterranean diet has been called one the healthiest and best in the world: it’s a way of eating and living that derives from the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. The recipes you’ll see here are both traditional recipes from those countries (Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Lebanon, and more), and non-traditional recipes inspired by ingredients of those regions. Either way: they’re irresistible ways to eat vegetables, whole grains, seafood, and healthy oils like olive oil. Ready to get started?

And now…our top 40 Mediterranean recipes!

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Nicoise salad

40 Easy Mediterranean Recipes: Nicoise Salad & More!


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 main dish salads 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This French main dish salad is legendary: for good reason! Nicoise salad is protein-packed and makes a stunning lunch or dinner (glass of wine optional).


Ingredients

Scale
  • 5 ounces Bibb lettuce
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby red potatoes
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 1 small shallot (2 tablespoons minced)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • ½ tablespoon fresh parsley (optional)
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes or 1 large tomato
  • 2 cans tuna (omit for vegetarian)
  • 1 recipe Lemon Vinaigrette
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the hard boiled eggs: Follow our method for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs (or Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs or Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs). Note that you can use the same ice bath for the green beans below. The eggs are also perfect for making in advance.
  2. Boil the potatoes and beans: Fill a large pot with cold water and add 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Add the whole potatoes and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, working in batches slice off the stem ends of the green beans.
  3. Blanch the beans: Right when the water comes to a boil, start a timer for 5 minutes and place the green beans in the pot with the potatoes. Boil the beans for about 5 minutes until tender but still bright green. Prepare a large bowl of ice water (or use the same one as for the hard boiled eggs). Right when the beans are tender, remove them from the boiling water with tongs and transfer them to the ice bath. Remove the beans and dry them with a towel, then mix them with a few pinches of salt and fresh ground pepper.
  4. Finish the potatoes: Keep cooking the potatoes for about 3 minutes until fork tender (taste test to check). While they are cooking, mince 2 tablespoons shallot. When the potatoes are done, drain them. When they are cool enough to handle, slice them into bite sized pieces. Place them in a bowl and gently mix in the minced shallot, white wine vinegar, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and ¼ cup warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes, gently stirring occasionally. Then add the capers, parsley (optional) 1 tablespoon olive oil, and a few grinds black pepper. Taste and add additional salt if necessary.
  5. Make the dressing: Make the Lemon Vinaigrette.
  6. Prep the salad ingredients: Slice the tomatoes into wedges (or cherry tomatoes in half) and sprinkle with a little kosher salt.
  7. Drain the tuna and flake it using a fork, then add a few pinches of kosher salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
  8. Serve: To serve, in large shallow bowls or on large platters, add Red Baby Butter Lettuce leaves. Top with green beans, hard boiled eggs, tomato, tuna, Kalamata olives, and potatoes. Drizzle with Lemon Vinaigrette and serve.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Mediterranean recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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