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Healthy Greek Recipes That Will Transport You to the Mediterranean

Baked Lima Beans with Dill (Gigantes Plaki)

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Gigantes plaki is a traditional Greek dish of gigantes ("giant beans") in tomato sauce. For this recipe, the buttery beans are baked in a sauce flavored with garlic and dill. The dish is high in protein from all the beans and full of heart-healthy fat thanks to olive oil.

Get the recipe: Gigantes: Baked Lima Beans with Dill

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Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro with Tzatziki

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If you drool every time you catch a whiff of the gyro cart, you're going to want to try this homemade version (and these other food truck recipes). These healthy gyros consist of turkey meatballs slathered with fresh tzatziki and thinly sliced veggies wrapped in a warm flatbread.

Get the recipe: Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro with Tzatziki

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Salmon Souvlaki Bowls

mediterranean diet recipe for salmon souvlaki bowl

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Souvlakia are Greek skewers with grilled meat or veggies. This recipe is a deconstructed bowl version that's Mediterranean diet–friendly. (We've already established that bowl recipes are amazing.) The salmon is marinated and grilled before being assembled with couscous, colorful vegetables, and tzatziki.

Get the recipe: Salmon Souvlaki Bowls

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Spanakopita Hummus

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Spanakopita, or layers of olive-oily spinach and feta between phyllo dough, is just as awesome as it sounds. But if you want to lighten up a bit, try this healthy recipe that incorporates the flavors of spanakopita in another Mediterranean dish—hummus. It's a great pre-workout snack since it's filled with protein-rich chickpeas and five cups of spinach (which boosts workout performance).

Get the recipe: Spanakopita Hummus

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Quick and Easy Greek Salad

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For those nights when you're craving the flavors of Greece but don't have time to marinade meat or simmer a sauce, this salad is the answer. It takes less than five minutes to make, and—get this—there's no lettuce involved. Only chunks of filling cucumber, tomato, olive, and feta.

Get the recipe: Quick and Easy Greek Salad

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Easy Homemade Greek Yogurt

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Greek yogurt has become highly accessible, but there's something satisfying about skipping the grocery store and making your own. (And then making one of these savory Greek yogurt recipes.) You'll just need a slow cooker and a few other kitchen tools. To serve yours in true Greek fashion, top it with a pool of honey.

Get the recipe: Easy Homemade Greek Yogurt

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Vegan Smoky Moussaka

moussaka recipe for a mediterranean diet dinner

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If you love eggplant parm, you should totally try moussaka, a Greek dish with baked eggplant, tomato sauce, béchamel, and often ground meat. Herbivores can get in on the action with this vegan version. It replaces ground beef with smoky tofu and is topped with a dairy-free béchamel.

Get the recipe: Vegan Smoky Moussaka

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Avgolemono Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

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Avgolemono (say that five times fast) is a Greek lemony chicken soup. It's dense and creamy, but that thickness comes from eggs, not cream. This soup is filled with shredded chicken, orzo, and lemon juice (which has pain-relieving qualities).

Get the recipe: Avgolemono Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

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