Mediterranean cuisine is light and refreshing, with an emphasis on letting simple ingredients and preparation shine. Likewise, dishes are often full of veggies, nuts and oils. The result is food that is healthy, unique and delicious.
Here are some great Mediterranean style dishes that are easy to prepare and equally fun to eat.
Tomato, Cucumber And Red Onion Salad
Light and simple, this is a great starter salad. It is full of color and flavor, and very easy to prepare.
Start by cutting tomatoes, cucumbers and onions into small, bite-sized wedges or slices. Combine in a bowl and add olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, salt and pepper. Stir evenly.
Let stand at room temperature for about half an hour. Top with crumbled feta and serve. Feta can be replaced with mozzarella or grated parmesan depending on preference. This salad goes well with toasted French or pita bread.
Artichoke And Arugula Pizza With Prosciutto
Another great, easy dish, this recipe is full of Mediterranean flavors. Using frozen pizza dough is an easy way to save time and money in order to focus on the delicious toppings.
Preheat oven to 500 F and position oven rack to lowest setting. Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle with cornmeal.
Place dough onto baking sheet and roll into 14 x 10 inch rectangle. With a spoon, spread pesto evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border for crust. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over pesto and sprinkle mozzarella on top. Place baking sheet on bottom rack of the oven for five minutes.
Chop artichoke and arrange on pizza. Top with prosciutto and parmesan. Return to oven for another six minutes or until the crust has browned. Place arugula in bowl and toss with lemon juice. Top pizza with arugula and cut into 4 rectangles. Cut each rectangle into two wedges.
Greek Lamb Chops And Vegetable Couscous
Although red meat is not a staple of Mediterranean cuisine, some dishes are too good to pass up. This entree is easy to make and incredibly tasty, especially when paired with a delicious veggie couscous.
Lamb Chop Ingredients
Preheat broiler. Combine spices and lemon juice in a bowl and rub over each lamb chop fully. Place chops on broiler plate coated with non-stick cooking spray. Broil for four minutes on each side. Set meat aside to rest for at least five minutes before serving.
Vegetable Couscous Ingredients
Heat oil in large pot over low heat. Peel carrot, and place chopped onion, zucchini, and carrot in pot. Stir occasionally for about five to seven minutes. Pour in vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, add chopped tomatoes and slowly add couscous. Stir mixture evenly.
Cover pot, remove from heat and let stand for five minutes. Fluff couscous with fork. Drain any remaining liquid. Stir in golden raisins, top with pepper, chopped almonds and feta if desired.
There are many other Mediterranean dishes to try, but this meal from start to finish will leave your family satisfied without feeling too full.