9 Mediterranean Diet Recipes

The Mediterranean Diet is considered by quite a few experts to be the best option for many of us. It focuses on the food practices of the Mediterranean region with an emphasis on heart-health. Usually this includes dishes that feature vegetables, whole grains, seafood, beans, nuts and seeds, and especially olive oil, while avoiding foods like red meats, processed sugars, and refined grains. Lowering cholesterol and blood pressure are great goals, but the its the unique flavors and vivid energy boost you get from healthy ingredients will keep you coming back for more. 

If you’re not sure how to start incorporating the Mediterranean diet into your lifestyle, here are 9 recipes that provide the essential ingredients that’ll become your new best friend.

Pomegranate Marinated Salmon with Roasted Brussel Sprouts 

A pan filled with brussel sprouts, salmon, and pomegranate seeds sits on a wooden table surrounded by plates and forks.

Salmon is one of the top protein choices in a Mediterranean diet and it’s easy to see why. It’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids that help promote heart health through reducing cholesterol and blood pressure. Try it combined with the just as healthy and helpful pomegranate in this Marinated Salmon meal for a lovely blend of tastes and benefits. 

Mediterranean Stew 

A bowl full of a tomato based Mediterranean Stew with carrots, kale, and beans throughout on top of a wooden table beside a golden spoon.

There’s nothing quite like a hearty stew that’ll have your stomach full of fresh, flourishing ingredients. This Mediterranean Stew makes substantial use of farm-grown vegetables, homemade marinara sauce, and plenty of seasonings. Lose yourself in the comforting flavors of cannellini beans, carrots, tomatoes, onion, and kale, all key elements of the diet.

Halibut & Asparagus in Papillote with Olive & Herb Relish

A plate of fish in papillote with an olive and herb relish.

You’ll be quite pleased with how easy it is to prepare this Halibut & Asparagus recipe. Don’t let the papillote scare you: that’s just French for “parchment paper.” Fold a serving of fresh halibut, spears of asparagus, garlic, and lemon into a packet of parchment paper and bake. Big nutrition bonus: Halibut is a key protein in the Mediterranean diet, olives are rich in antioxidants, and asparagus delivers a lovely dose of potassium.

White Bean Tuna Salad Wraps

White Bean Tuna Salad Wraps sit on a green plate with two orange slices, and a few pieces of kiwi.

Beans are a satisfying part of a healthy meal. They’re rich in iron, protein, and dietary fiber. These White Bean Tuna Salad Wraps are not only delicious but are loaded with nutrients perfect for midday pick-me-ups. The tuna is also soaked in olive oil rather than water to increase vitamin D and selenium intake. 

Jeweled Lentils

Inspired by Persian dishes like Jeweled Rice, this healthy vegetarian dish fuses the warm, savory appeal of lentils with fresh nuts, raisins, and pomegranate seeds. The addition of nuts and seeds bring in the proteins you miss from meat while also helping lower the risks of heart disease. 

Simple Chimichurri Shrimp with Couscous

A large scalloped edge white dish with shrimp over couscous, and a glass of wine on a textured white surface

Couscous, made from whole wheat flour, contains plenty of protein and fiber. That’s why it’s part of the Mediterranean diet. It’s also a lovely platform upon which to build a meal like this Simple Chimichurri Shrimp with Couscous.  Everything you need can be found at your local grocery store…and you can even pick up some store-bought chimichurri in case you don’t have time to make your own. 

Salmon Poke with Yuzu

Exquisite Salmon Poke Infused with Yuzu, Truffled Yuzu Kosho Sauce, Spicy Avocado Purée, and Crispy Rice Cracker

Bring a platter of this Salmon Poke with Yuzu to the table when you want to impress guests with a dinner that just happens to be part of your Mediterranean Diet plan. The ingredients–from the wafer-thin slices of lotus root and Fresno chile, to green pops of color from avocado purée–create a dazzling display of contrasting yet complementary flavors and textures.

Crispy Brown Rice with Blue Crab, Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette and Fennel Purée

The bottom half of a person stands behind a counter and garnishes Crispy Brown Rice with Blue Crab, Smoke Tomato Vinaigrette and Fennel Purée with chopsticks. A delicious blue crab recipe

Whole grain brown rice make an excellent and heart-healthy substitute for white rice. Combine it with low-calorie, protein packed blue crab and top with savory Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette and Fennel Purée for a bowl filled with not just flavor but all the nutrients you need in a meal.

Italian Lentil Soup

A brown table with a tray on top featuring a brown dish of Italian Lentil Soup with bread and spices spread around the outside of the bowl.

Lentils are high in both fiber and protein, plus they offer up substantial amounts of iron, manganese, folate and phosphorus – all essentials to healthy human bodies. You’ll get your daily helping of lentils along with plenty of veggies in our Italian Lentil Soup. It’s not just great for your body but great for your taste buds too.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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