5 Mediterranean Recipes for Beginners

I adore Mediterranean recipes and how vegetarian-friendly they are! These five recipes are simple and packed with flavors you’ll love.

Easy plant-based mediterranean recipes

As much as I’ve grown to love a salad, I still prefer my veggies either blended into a green smoothie or roasted with fun seasonal flavors. These Mediterranean inspired recipes are truly masterpieces at the latter.

Yes I know that’s a bold claim. Yet stay with me and see what I mean…

They are packed with veggies AND flavor…oh the flavors!!! Your taste buds are gonna go crazy from all the flavor-fusion happening here. I suggest doubling some of these recipes (especially the Mediterranean veggie bowl below) so you have leftovers galore and can keep on enjoying it. These recipes are also gluten-free and dairy free, which I love because they won’t cause bloating or skin issues. Eating a clean, plant-based whole foods diet can really do the body some serious good!

Mediterranean diet recipe with olives, vegan cheese and kale.

Vegetarian Mediterranean Foods

I adore Mediterranean recipes and love how vegetarian-friendly the mediterranean diet is overall! The more natural, fresh ingredients we eat, the longer we live— study after study has proven that!

What are some examples of Mediterranean food?

If you’re wanting to embrace more of a Mediterranean kinda diet, then you have to use ingredients that benefit the body most. Here are some of the most common examples of Mediterranean food you can start incorporating into you diet (and many are used in the recipe below!)

vegetarian mediterranean recipes using plant-based whole foods
  • vegetables
  • nuts
  • grains
  • seeds
  • herbs
  • fruit
  • legumes
  • unrefined oils
  • fish
  • moderate use of cheese, eggs, poultry

Now that you know what a huge part of a Mediterranean diet looks like, it’s time to put it into practice with one of my favorite recipes from Thrive 7-Day Reset. Here’s to good health and happiness!

5 Mediterranean Diet Recipes for Beginners

After you make this tasty dish below, you should check out these five mediterranean inspired recipes for beginners:

  1. Herb Hummus: If you’ve got this recipe on hand, then you’ll never need store-bought hummus again! Along with iron-rich chickpeas, I’ve included loads of fresh, vibrant herbs to add extra vitamins, minerals, and leafy green love to an already beloved dip.
  2. Pumpkin Soup: One thing I really love is a good vegan pumpkin soup. It’s healthy, filling, comforting, and warms you up when the weather is chilly. Check out the recipe notes for all the variations.
  3. Kale Chickpea Salad: This easy-to-assemble, seasonal salad is perfect when you need lunch on the go! Packed with protein, healthy fat, and antioxidant rich pomegranate seeds, this autumn-inspired salad is sure to keep your body fueled through the afternoon. 
  4. Vegetarian Taco Salad: I’ve spiralized sweet potatoes and used walnuts as a protein source for this delicious taco salad recipe.
  5. Roasted Vegetarian Bowl: Loaded with salty kalamata olives and rich nutritional yeast, the recipe below is the perfect Mediterranean recipe for you to enjoy right now.
Fresh vegetables and fruit are loaded with fiber and nutrients

Using mediterranean recipes to heal

If you’re ready for more energy and less weight, then check out my 7-Day Plant-Based Whole Foods Reset. You’ll have a shopping list, meal plan and simple recipes to help you take control of your health as well as reset your body… in just 7 days.

If you’re new to the world of plants, grains and rich oils, then you’re not alone! I feel like there was a time when I watched a lot of people cook on TV, yet I wasn’t actually doing it. It can be intimidating at first to take the reins in the kitchen. Yet once you find a few staple recipes you love, like this Mediterranean recipe, you can really be set free to experiment and find your own favs.

Roasted squash with olives and healthy greens in a Mediterranean recipe
Easy plant-based mediterranean recipes

Roasted Vegetable Mediterranean Recipe

I’m a huge fan of swapping traditional pasta for veggie noodles in this mediterranean recipe. And this one is no different! Spaghetti squash is very mild and has a great texture that can hold up to sauces and toppings like a champ. 
5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mediterranean-Inspired / Plant-Based
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 696kcal
Author: Jen Hansard



  • 1/2 spaghetti squash, seeds removed
  • 1 tsp olive oil, for drizzling
  • sea salt
  • black pepper


  • 1 cup fresh kale, cut into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, chopped or julienned
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • sea salt , to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • crushed red pepper flakes, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the squash half on the baking sheet and drizzle with a little olive oil (just enough to keep it from drying out) and season well with salt and pepper. Flip it over and bake, cut-side down for 40–45 minutes.
  • To test for doneness, insert the tip of a sharp knife into the squash at various places. It should be easily pierced. Keep warm until ready to serve.

To Serve

  • Use a fork to scrape the squash strands away from the shell. Season with a little more salt and pepper.
  • Place the kale, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, walnuts, and sun-dried tomatoes on top of the squash.
  • Squeeze lemon juice over the top, drizzle with olive oil, and top with the Vegan Cheeze Sprinkle, chopped fresh parsley, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Eat immediately.


Calories: 696kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Sodium: 851mg | Potassium: 1524mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 8336IU | Vitamin C: 116mg | Calcium: 285mg | Iron: 6mg
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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Laurie says:

    Love everything in this bowl BUT the spaghetti squash. Have any suggestions on a substitute?

    • Moe says:

      You could try Zucchini noodles.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Moe is totally right Laurie! Zucchini or even sweet potato noodles would be a great sub here.

  2. Melissa says:

    Incredible taste and easy to make; this is going to be a regular in my meal rotation!

  3. jenny says:

    Want to try this but do not like olives and artichokes. Can I substitute something else or just leave them out?

    Thank you.

  4. Charity says:

    Love it

  5. Amy Hourigan says:

    This looks really yummy. The nutrition facts have me puzzled are the fat and sodium counts listed correct? The numbers seem way to high for this dish?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Amy,

      The facts are correct but that is why we personally don’t count calories. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole foods, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info so that is why we are adding it in.

  6. Alice says:

    Looks awesome, can I substitute real cheese, feta? Where does the nutritional yeast fit in to the recipe? Thanks I can’t wait to make this.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Alice,

      Yes you can totally substitute with real feta cheese. The nutritional yeast is what makes your vegan cheese so you will leave that out if you use your feta cheese.


  7. Patrice says:

    This will definitely be a meatless Monday meal. It’s so colorful!!!! I can’t WAIT!!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      He Patrice,

      It’s crazy how much you do not miss the meat with this dish. So good!!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Although I have not made this yet, I’ve been eyeing this recipe for a couple weeks now. It looks amazing! Tomorrow I complete day 21 of the Fresh Start Cleanse, so think I will try this as my “grand finale” dinner. Thanks for making healthy eating so delicious!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Jennifer,

      Congratulations on completing Fresh Start Autumn!! That is amazing and this dish will be the PERFECT finale to an amazing 21 days 🙂

    • Jennifer says:

      I made this as planned for my dinner tonight, and it was yummy. It’s such a colorful meal, and I love the Mediterranean flavors combined with the spaghetti squash!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Jennifer,

      Congratulations you are our winner for our Thrive Winter Reset!!! Yay!!! Please email me at [email protected] so I can send you your digital guidebook to you 🙂

  9. Bev says:

    what can I substitute for the olives? These are a food that I have never been able to eat and will never buy. My tummy cannot handle them.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Bev,

      Since that is more of a topping you can just leave the olives out!


  10. Marilynn Hession says:

    I LOOOOOOVE these recipes!!! Especially now surrounded by this cold weather it’s so nice to have these wonderful, flavorful and colorful dishes to warm our hearts and souls! I’m looking forward to trying this bowl. It sounds really good!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Marilynn,

      This really is the perfect winter dish!! Cannot wait for you to give this one a try 🙂

      Let us know what you think when you do!

  11. Holly says:

    Akways enjoy your recipes.The fun magic is when I introduce my carniverous family members and friends and they are always won over and can’t believe how yummy they are.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Holly,

      Hahaha That really is the best accomplishment ever!! 🙂

  12. Erin says:

    I first tried this recipe while going through the Thrive Winter Reset, and it was sooooo good. I now buy spaghetti squash regularly.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Erin,

      It really is one of those recipes you have to constantly make over and over again, because it’s THAT good! 🙂

  13. Debbie says:

    I have made this a few times and love it!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Debi,

      Yay!!! Thanks for letting us know how much you love this recipe!!

  14. Dani Mitchell says:

    I made this recipe a few weeks ago and LOVED it! You don’t even miss meat or feta cheese at all- which is surprising to me! It’s really satisfying and I love that I can make a batch of them and have all week long. Super great meal prep right here.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Dani,

      So happy that you love this recipe so much! It really is crazy how much you don’t miss meat and cheese when you make delicious recipes like this =D

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