After a refreshing dive on Greece’s crystal-clear waters, can you think of a better way of spending your afternoon on a seaside “Taverna”, tasting palatable Greek and Mediterranean dishes? Whatever your favorite flavors may be, the following dishes will definitely make an impression!
Greek Salad (aka Choriatiki)
Deep red colored tomatoes, freshly cut cucumbers, onions, local olives, the famous Feta Cheese, oregano and virgin olive oil (of course!) are the ingredients that create one of the most famous Greek Salads. There is also a Cretan version of the dish, called “Dakos” where a barley rusk is topper with chopped tomato, mizithra or feta cheese, olives, capers and oregano.
An all-time classic summer dish! With a distinctive flavor, Fava is a protected designation of origin product from the island of Santorini, always served in restaurants around the island in various versions: It can be boiled (which transforms into a porridge-like texture) and sprinkled with olive oil; it can be served with chopped tomatoes, onions and capers; it can be accompanied by eggplant sauce; made as a soup; moulded into delicious fava-balls or boiled with rice.
By far, the best mezzes to accompany your ouzo! Shrimp Saganaki is an appetizer which is made with shrimps, tomato sauce, feta cheese and spicy peppers sautéd over gentle heat in a special skillet, called saganaki, in which it is also served. A must-try dish when you visit Greece!
Could you ever imagine that chopped dill, spearmint, onions and rice wrapped in tender grape leaves and simmered would be a mouthwatering combination? Add some tzatziki sauce or yogurt and these wraps will wrap you up in their wonderful flavor!
Probably the most famous Greek appetizer is tzatziki dip, made with yogurt, garlic, cucumber, olive oil and vinegar. You may also savor it with other herbs and vegetables, but what makes it special is its freshness and spiciness that will accompany your roasted meat in the most delightful way.
Try zucchini, eggplant and tomato fritters, which are as delicious as the renowned meatballs (aka keftedakia). These palatable delicacies are fried in olive oil.
Grilled, boiled or cooked in wine, octopus is ouzo’s other half and most certainly the ultimate summer appetizer!
Eggplant salad, which actually looks more like a dip, has a spicy yet refreshing taste and it is considered to be tzatziki’s adversary. It consists of eggplant, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and finely chopped parsley.
There are numerous recipes for zucchini but for the summer period the fried version of the vegetable is considered a beloved titbit. Zucchinis are cut in slim slices or sticks, tossed into flour or a batter and then fried in a pan to crispy perfection. Little tip: they are mind-blowing when dipped into tzatziki.
Last but not least, we couldn’t conclude the article without a special mention on Feta, the nation’s favourite cheese. If you are invited to dinner in a Greek home, feta cheese will most certainly be on the table. There are plenty of variations: it is cooked as saganaki, baked with tomatoes and peppers or served au naturel, sprinkled with olive oil and oregano. All you should bring along is your appetite!