When we hear the word “diet,” we think calorie counting, restrictions and way too many dry chicken breasts. But the Mediterranean diet is the total antithesis—it’s 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 60 quick (and extremely tasty) Mediterranean diet dinner recipes—like one skillet sun-dried tomato chicken, sesame-ginger salmon and pasta e fagioli—to try for your next meal. (Did we mention they’re perfect for weeknights?)
60 Mediterranean Diet Dinner Recipes You Can Make in No Time
For all its rich flavor, you’ll hardly believe it comes together with pantry staples (like canned chickpeas and store-bought broth).
Scallops are easier to cook than most people assume, and they’re packed with lean protein. Add frizzled chickpeas and spicy harissa oil and you’re in for a treat.
It’s low in carbs, high in protein and totally satisfying.
Chicken with fresh oregano, dill, garlic, lemon and paprika is pan-seared and cooked with farro, sun-dried tomatoes and olives. How’s that for tasty?
It’s giving “winner, winner, chicken dinner” a whole new meaning.
You’ll want to make extra pine nut cream—it’s that good.
Psst: This elegant dish calls for just five ingredients.