Mediterranean diet recipes

Experiment with eating the Mediterranean way with these recipes.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. It replaces butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil and canola oil, and uses herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Red meat is limited to no more than a few times a month, while fish should be on the menu twice a week.

The Mediterranean diet is also about enjoying delicious foods — as you'll discover when you try these recipes.

Main dishes

  1. Barley and roasted tomato risotto
  2. Grouper with tomato-olive sauce
  3. Mediterranean-style grilled salmon
  4. Pasta with spinach, garbanzos and raisins
  5. Polenta with roasted Mediterranean vegetables
  6. Tuscan white bean stew
  7. Vegetable calzone

Salads and sides

  1. Artichokes alla Romana
  2. Bean salad with balsamic vinaigrette
  3. Beet walnut salad
  4. Braised kale with cherry tomatoes
  5. Fresh tomato crostini

Healthy desserts

  1. Almond and apricot biscotti
  2. Baked apples with cherries and almonds
  3. Berries marinated in balsamic vinegar
  4. Poached pears
Nov. 17, 2020 See more In-depth