30 Best Mediterranean Appetizers

By Winter LeBlanc
Updated September 1, 2022

Mediterranean appetizers are some of the tastiest and easiest appetizers that will set the stage for a meal to remember. We’ve put together 30 of our favorite Mediterranean appetizers just for you! From delicious dips to traditional tapas we’ve got you covered. 

30 mediterranean appetizers

Delicious Dips and Savory Spreads

There are so many wonderful dips and spreads from the Mediterranean, it was difficult choosing just 9. But, this list will supply you with some of the yummiest and easiest to make Mediterranean appetizers out there.

Whipped Feta with Lemon and Fresh Dill

1. Whipped Feta with Lemon and Fresh Dill

This whipped feta with lemon and fresh dill is just really amazing on crackers, bread or vegetables.  I made it for a dinner party last week and it was the hit of the party.

Try our Whipped Feta recipe here!

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Lebanese Hummus

2. Lebanese Hummus (The Best Hummus Recipe)

Traditional Lebanese hummus recipe! Who doesn’t love hummus? You won’t want to buy store bought hummus after making and tasting this version!

Try our Lebanese Hummus recipe here!

Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip)

3. Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip)

Try this Syrian roasted red pepper and walnut dip that is a hidden gem of the Mediterranean Diet. Muhammara will become your new go to dip!

Try our Muhammara recipe here!

Pesto Genovese (Traditional Italian Pesto)

4. Pesto Genovese (Traditional Italian Pesto)

Try the creamiest, cheesiest, and most traditional Italian Pesto you have ever tasted. You haven’t tasted real pesto until you try pesto Genovese.

Try our Pesto Genovese recipe here!

Loaded Tzatziki

5. Loaded Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce with Fresh Dill, Garlic and Cucumber

Try this loaded tzatziki sauce that is packed with the flavors of creamy Greek yogurt, fresh dill, garlic and grated cucumbers. Perfect for any party!

Try our Loaded Tzatziki recipe here!

Greek Fava

6. Greek Fava

Make this authentic Greek fava with only 10 minutes of prep. Fava is a yellow split pea dip that is traditionally served with bread, olives and cheese.

Recipe Here!


7. Cacik (Turkish Yogurt Dip with Cucumbers and Herbs)

Try this delicious recipe for Cacik, a traditional Turkish yogurt dip made with cucumbers, dill, fresh mint and red pepper flakes.

Recipe Here!

Baba Ganoush (Lebanese Eggplant Dip)

8. Baba Ganoush (Lebanese Eggplant Dip)

Love eggplant dip? Smokey, earthy, and garlicky Baba Ghanoush is a perfect appetizer for your next get-together!

Recipe Here!

ful medames

9. Ful Medames

Ful Medames is a traditional Syrian breakfast recipe, but also makes a wonderful appetizer.

Recipe Here!

Slices of Paradise

A slice of the good life. These Mediterranean appetizers will transport you to an Italian village or a sunny beach in France.
Quiche Lorraine (France)

1. Quiche Lorraine

Try this traditional recipe for Quiche Lorraine. This delicious egg dish hails from the Lorraine region of France and is known worldwide.

Recipe Here!

Fougasse - Olive Bread from Provence

2. Fougasse (Olive Bread from Provence)

Try this traditional olive bread from Provence, France. Fougasse is easy to make and only needs an hour to rise.

Recipe Here!

Italian Veggie Quiche

3. Italian Veggie Quiche with Swiss Chard

Try this amazing veggie quiche with swiss chard from Italy. This dish can also be made with any other greens you have on hand.

Recipe Here!

Spinach and Ricotta Frittata (Southern Italy)

4. Spinach and Ricotta Frittata

Make this traditional frittata in only 30 minutes. A Mediterranean specialty that is easy to make and will impress for a party.

Recipe Here!

Tortilla De Patata

5. Tortilla De Patata

Delight in this traditional recipe for tortilla de patata, a delicious Spanish staple that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Recipe Here!

Small Bites from a Mediterranean Table

Whether it’s Greek mezze or Spanish tapas, small bites of food are quite common in the Mediterranean. These traditional dishes also happen to make great appetizers for a Mediterranean-inspired meal.

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Zucchini Fritters

1. Zucchini Fritters with Feta, Cheddar, Mint and Parsley

This is it.  My all time favorite recipe from Crete, maybe from the whole Mediterranean Diet: Zucchini Fritters by Koula Barydakis.

Recipe Here!


2. Caramelized Onions and Eggplant Montaditos

Montaditos are open-faced sandwiches from Spain that are easy to make and are great for parties, but only if you want to impress your guests!

Recipe Here!

Spicy Rosemary Olives

3. Spicy Rosemary Olives

Enjoy our delicious Italian Style Spicy Rosemary Olives. It’s a quick and easy recipe and a perfect addition to your appetizer recipe file!

Recipe Here!

Harcha (Moroccan Semolina Biscuits)

4. Harcha (Moroccan Semolina Biscuits)

Try these Moroccan Semolina biscuits and you will be hooked! 5 ingredients, 5 minutes prep, cook on a skillet and enjoy. Mediterranean Diet at it’s best.

Recipe Here!

Tuna Deviled Eggs (Spanish Tapa)

5. Tuna Deviled Eggs

Make one of the most popular Spanish tapa dishes: Tuna Deviled Eggs. Accompany with other tapas such as patatas bravas or sauteed shrimp.
Recipe Here!

Grilled Eggplant with Mint and Garlic Dressing (Italy)

6. Grilled Eggplant with Mint and Garlic Dressing

Enjoy this traditional Sicilian favorite! Get grilling Mediterranean starting with this traditional grilled eggplant recipe.

Recipe Here!

Spanish Stuffed Endives 3

7. Spanish Stuffed Endives with Smoked Salmon

A quick and delicious endive recipe with smoked salmon, blue cheese and avocado. This traditional Spanish recipe is perfect for a party.

Recipe Here!

Grape Leaves: Mediterranean Diet Recipes

8. Stuffed Grape Leaves

This version is a traditional Cretan recipe with mellow flavoring and brightness coming from onion and a generous pour of lemon juice in the recipe. You’ll find these grape leaves to be positively delicious.

Recipe Here!

Sizzling Lemon Garlic Shrimp

9. Sizzling Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Sizzling lemon garlic shrimp is such an easy seafood dish to make! Shrimp’s flavor is enhanced like crazy with garlic and lemon!

Recipe Here!

Herbs De Provence Parmesan Oven Fries

10. Herbs De Provence Parmesan Oven Fries

Try these oven fries that truly taste like they have been fried in a frylator. Mediterranean flavors of Herbs de Provence, olive oil and parmesan cheese.

Recipe Here!

Tuna Patties Fried in Olive Oil (France)

11. Tuna Patties Fried in Olive Oil

Try these small tuna patties from France that are quick to make and require only ingredients that you probably already have.

Recipe Here!

Essential Side Salads

There are a few absolutely classic Mediterranean salads and here they are! These have stood the test of time and will continue to be delightful.
Tabbouleh (Lebanese Parsley and Lemon Salad)

1. Tabbouleh (Parsley and Lemon Salad)

Try the best tabouleh recipe ever! The perfect mix of fresh parsley, mint, lemon juice, olive oil & bulgur make this traditional Lebanese salad a must try.

Recipe Here!

2. Authentic Greek Salad

A simple and delicious Authentic Greek Salad that will transport you to the Mediterranean with its fresh and healthy flavors.

Recipe Here!

Lebanese Fattoush Salad

3. Lebanese Fattoush Salad

Try this traditional Lebanese fattoush salad with toasted pita chips. 20 minutes to one of the best salads of the Mediterranean Diet.

Recipe Here!

cucumber yogurt salad

4. Cucumber Yogurt Salad with Fresh Mint, Lemon and Olive Oil

Pair this cool cucumber yogurt salad with your favorite summer recipes. It goes great with lamb, chicken, fish, or as a lunch on its’ own.

Recipe Here!

Warm Red Bliss Potato Salad with Artichokes, Capers and Lemony Dill Vinaigrette healthy potato salad

5. Warm Red Bliss Potato Salad with Red Potatoes

Mediterranean inspired warm red bliss potato salad with red potatoes, artichokes, fresh dill and an herb vinaigrette.

Recipe Here!


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