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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 40 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.
Deceptively easy to make at home.
Ready and on the table in just 15 minutes.
Close your eyes, and you’re in Santorini.
It’s time to get acquainted with this protein-packed meat alternative.
Bookmark this for a lazy day.
Pair it with some whole-grain pita bread for dipping.
Don’t skimp on the olives.
Swoodles may be our favorite pasta alternative.
Make a huge batch, freeze it and eat it all week.
Who needs butter when you have lime and cilantro?
Practically exploding with flavor.
Best of all, there are no pans to scrub.
Save the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
Approximately seven zillion times better than a PSL.
This chimichurri sauce is ridiculously good.
Turn the volume up on your average Greek salad.
Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.
Fried chicken’s got nothing on these guys.
Basically all of our favorite foods in one dish.
Zero cleanup? We’re in.
With creamy Greek yogurt sauce.
Bring on the black beans.
Now that’s a chicken sandwich we can get behind.
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.
This salad might just have every Mediterranean ingredient covered.
Because bowls are overrated.
Dinner just got easier (and more colorful).
Extra garlic-dill dressing, please.
Totally cool to have seconds (and thirds).
When it comes to veggies included in the Mediterranean diet, cauliflower is a standout, naturally.
Gluten-free, Whole30 and Paleo friendly.
The crispier, the better.
Perfect for Meatless Monday.
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.
Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough
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