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When we hear the word “diet,” we think calorie counting, restrictions and way too many carrot sticks. But the Mediterranean Diet is the total antithesis—it’s a diet full of ingredients that are popular in Greece, Italy, Spain, Israel and other parts of the Middle East, with a focus on whole grains, veggies, beans, low-fat dairy, nuts, fish, lean red meat and olive oil. Best of all, following the diet for three months or more has been scientifically proven to boost your mood. Here are 50 quick (and extremely tasty) Mediterranean Diet recipes to whip up for dinner. (Did we mentioned they're perfect for weeknights?).
Low-carb, high-protein and totally satisfying.
If you end up with leftover meatballs, warm them in broth and toss in some greens at the end for a quick soup.
Ready and on the table in just 15 minutes.
This colorful dish is perfect for any night of the week.
Chicken with fresh oregano, dill, garlic, lemon and paprika is pan-seared and cooked with farro, sun-dried tomatoes and olives.
It’s simple but not short on flavor (and you hardly have to do anything).
Pair it with some whole-grain pita bread for dipping.
Perfect for when you're in need for a simple, quick side that adds a punch of greens.
Swoodles may be our favorite pasta alternative.
The classic dish is wonderfully simple and ready in no time.
You eat veggies every day, but you’ve never had them like this before.
Practically exploding with flavor.
Best of all, there are no pans to scrub.
A light yet satisfying side that won’t take all day to make.
Stew doesn't have to mean hours in the kitchen. This recipe comes together in just about 30 minutes.
This chimichurri sauce is ridiculously good.
An easy delicious side dish, especially for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free foodies.
Kamut is an ancient grain with a sweet, nutty flavor and al dente texture.
An easy new dish to add to your rotation: You had us at burrata.
Basically all of our favorite foods in one dish.
Zero cleanup? We’re in.
It’s melty, it’s the most fun to eat and, best of all, it’s ready in under an hour.
Bring on the black beans.
This dish comes together in 25 minutes and is definitely easy enough to make on a weeknight.
OK, this one’s Mexican by way of the Mediterranean, but it’s still on your diet, we promise.
Giving “winner winner, chicken dinner” a whole new meaning.
News flash: All you have to do is bust out your Crock-Pot for a mini trip to the Tuscan countryside.
We paired two of our favorite summery vegetables into one delicious side dish.
Dinner just got easier (and more colorful).
Extra garlic-dill dressing, please.
If you're tired of quinoa as a base, it's time to try millet. Did we mention it's gluten-free and cooks quickly?
When it comes to veggies included in the Mediterranean diet, cauliflower is a standout, naturally.
Sheet pan meals are great—you just toss everything together and there’s only one dish to clean.
What’s more feel-good than a steaming pot of soup?
This harissa bean stew starts with dried beans but takes only about an hour to make.
This one’s about to enter your weekly rotation.
Cooking seafood doesn’t get any easier than this.
Only one skillet necessary.
The most colorful salad we ever did see.
Served with brown rice, warm chickpeas or some roasted sweet potatoes.
Vegetable soup can be just as hearty and soul-warming as any meat-based one.
While we can’t just hop a flight to Italy, we can channel our inner nonna with a heaping plate of pasta.
This takes 40 minutes from start to finish and tastes like an herby-lemony dream.
So many delicious elements all ready in under 45 minutes.
It’s low-fuss and requires minimal prep, and besides, who could say no to a yogurt sauce?
This Greek chicken and rice skillet is the ultimate trifecta: It’s easy, gorgeous and so damn delicious.
Minimal prep, modest cooking time and almost no cleanup after it’s been devoured.
Time to make tinned fish a pantry staple.
Just add the tortillas and extra guac.
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