The Mediterranean may boast the healthiest recipes in the world, yet these dishes are anything but bland. Vibrantly colored with fresh ingredients (I mean, just look at this Marinated Celery Salad), this type of cuisine is used around the world for a variety of flavorful dishes. My Mediterranean-inspired dishes use ingredients common to this area for the freshest, most appetizing vegetarian Mediterranean recipes.

Grab one of these easy Mediterranean recipes to brighten your day and satisfy your palate.

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I love drawing inspiration from Mediterranean cuisine and its use of fresh and pickled ingredients to create unique food experiences. These flavors are the inspiration for my downloadable Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan, and many other recipes as well. They are just so good!

Table of Contents
  1. Easy Mediterranean Recipes
  2. Mediterranean-Inspired Snack Ideas
  3. Common Mediterranean Ingredients
  4. FAQs

Ingredients for these recipes are commonly found in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, and there are 22 of them! So while I often use recipes common in Italy or Greece, these are not the only countries from which you can draw inspiration.

Explore your preferences and branch out to try new flavors. It’s the best part of food and how I’ve come to love Greek Salad and Vegan Pumpkin Soup along with the rest of these vegetarian Mediterranean recipes.

Easy Mediterranean Recipes

Vegetarians unite! Even if you aren’t vegetarian you can enjoy these recipes. They are great for anyone looking to incorporate meat-free recipes into their day. Use any of these for a Meatless Monday or share them with friends at your next gathering.

While vegetarian Mediterranean recipes sound exotic and exciting, I can’t wait for you to try my Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms. They really do use a lot of ingredients that you are familiar with or may even have on hand. Don’t be intimidated if there is an ingredient you aren’t sure about, drop a comment and let me help you find it!

Mediterranean Greek Salad Recipe
5 from 2 votes
This colorful salad is as full of flavor as it is color. Your skin will be glowing after incorporating this dish into your lunch routine, and Mediterranean inspired classic!
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Marinated Celery Salad
4.9 from 10 votes
This Mediterranean-inspired marinated celery salad is vibrant and oh-so-delicious. It's a crunchy addition to a meal or a protein-packed meal on its own.
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Vegan Pumpkin Soup
5 from 12 votes
This vegan pumpkin soup is healthy, filling, comforting and warms you up when the weather is chilly. It uses pie pumpkins, onion, garlic and spices along with dairy-free coconut milk. Double the recipe to save some to enjoy all season long.
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veggie wrap in sun-dried tomato tortilla on plate.
Veggie Wrap with Hummus
4.8 from 8 votes
Eat the rainbow with this plant protein veggie wrap. It's got crunch, creaminess and flavor. Plus, you can wrap it however you want!
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vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
5 from 3 votes
This stuffed portobello mushroom recipe is easy enough for a delicious weeknight dinner and unique enough for your next dinner party. Mediterranean-inspired flavors pop in these beautiful mushroom caps.
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Mediterranean-Inspired Snack Ideas

I am a professional snacker during the workday. Since I work from home, I often don’t stop for a formal “lunch break” and instead snack throughout the day in between projects and work calls.

That’s why I like to have an arsenal of filling, protein-powered snack options to get me through each day. If one of these recipes sounds good to you and you want to make them dairy-free, then feel free to use vegan feta cheese (VioLife is a great option!).

If you don’t have tahini on hand, or it isn’t easy to source around you then swap it with sunflower butter or cashew butter. Use what you have on hand first and see if you can get it to work for you!

Layered Greek dip in glass dish
Layered Greek Dip
5 from 1 vote
This layered Greek dip is a Mediterranean-inspired dish loaded with sauces and marinated fresh vegetables to create an irresistible appetizer. This recipe is easy to double if you are feeding a large group.
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homemade hummus
Homemade Hummus
5 from 14 votes
With this recipe on hand, you'll never need store-bought hummus again! Along with iron-rich chickpeas, we've included loads of fresh, vibrant herbs to add extra vitamins, minerals to this herb hummus.
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avocado caprese salad
Avocado Caprese Salad
5 from 16 votes
It’s pretty hard to top a juicy, garden fresh, still-warm-from-the-sun tomato, but this comes pretty close. Creamy avocado stands in for cheese in my Avocado Caprese Salad. We don’t think you’ll miss it.
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Garlic Baked Chickpeas
5 from 4 votes
Crispy, crunchy, savory. These garlic-baked chickpeas are a serious snacking experience. They are surprisingly light and perfectly seasoned for that garlicky explosion you want. Eat them right away for the crispiest result!
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vegan charcuterie with plant based cheeses, fresh fruit, pickled veggies and an assortment of crackers.
Vegan Charcuterie Board
5 from 4 votes
Charcuterie boards are all the rage and I’m here for it! We’ve assembled a beautiful, tasty plant-based charcuterie board with an assortment of non-dairy cheeses and dips along with fresh fruits and veggies and other snacks.
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vegan avocado fries on a white plate with a container of chipotle ranch dipping sauce.
Avocado Fries
5 from 2 votes
Snacking is made delicious with these crispy avocado fries. They are a super fun side dish, snack or appetizer that will surely liven up your day. Dairy-free and egg-free yet still super crispy and satisfying.
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Common Mediterranean Ingredients

small white bowls of tomatoes, chickpeas and olives along with other gatherings of purple onion, cucumber, basil and peppers, ingredients commonly found in vegetarian Mediterranean recipes.

There is a vast list of ingredients used in Mediterranean recipes. Here are some of the most common examples of Mediterranean food you can start incorporating into your diet, many of which are used in my recipes!

  • Fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant, olives, apples, figs, avocado, cherries, onion, cucumbers, clementines, apricots, melons, nectarines, strawberries, pomegranates, bell peppers, peaches and grapes.
  • Nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and pistachios.
  • Whole grains like quinoa, pasta and wheat.
  • Seeds
  • Fresh herbs like basil, oregano, bay leaves, rosemary, fennel, mint, sage and parsley.
  • Legumes and beans
  • Unrefined oils
  • Fish
  • Moderate use of cheese, eggs, poultry and lamb.

You’ll find ingredients like this in many common Mediterranean-inspired recipes. If you’re trying to follow a certain lifestyle like vegan or gluten-free and aren’t sure if a new-to-you ingredient works, look it up! Knowledge is power, and you may be surprised what is (or isn’t) available to you.

I just learned that feta can be made from cow milk or sheep milk! If one doesn’t work, keep exploring until you find what works best for you and your body.

FAQs

What are Mediterranean vegetables?

A lot of fresh fruits and vegetables are found along the Mediterranean including tomatoes, eggplant, olives, apples, figs, avocado, cherries, onion, cucumbers, clementines, apricots, melons, nectarines, strawberries, pomegranates, peaches and grapes.

What is a typical Mediterranean breakfast?

Breakfasts in the Mediterranean are often light and simple (if eaten at all). They include bread with soft cheese and fruit, a tray of bread, olives and cheese, and sometimes fried eggs, depending on the country you’re in.

Which food is eaten daily in a Mediterranean diet?

Even in the Mediterranean, common food varies depending on the country you visit. There are many fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses and bread, olive oil, vegetables in oil like olives, pickled vegetables and sun-dried tomatoes and more. Fish is common as well.

Which one of these vegetarian Mediterranean recipes sounds like a winner to you? Drop a comment and let me know!

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