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Greek Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes

Many Greeks follow a vegetarian regimen naturally because of the abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs, wonderful olive oil, and a tradition of eating meat infrequently. Additionally, lenten dishes are vegan-friendly.
  1. Appetizers & Mezethes
  2. Main Dishes

Horta Vrasta - Boiled Greens
A delicious and healthy side dish, horta vrasta or boiled greens are a staple in any Greek household.

Artichokes "City-Style" with Lemon and Dill - (Aginares a la Polita)
A vegetarian stew made with artichokes, carrots and potatoes that are highlighted by the flavors of lemon and dill. This recipe can be made as a main course or as a delicious side dish.

Zucchini Pie - Kolokithopita
A quick and easy pita to assemble and bake with zucchini, onions, leek and feta cheese. Perfect for a lunch or dinner or even a quick snack.

Chickpea Stew - Revithatha (Revithada)
A simple and rustic vegetarian stew made from chickpeas that is the specialty of the island of Sifnos, Greece.

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Salad
Tender grilled eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, and potatoes are tossed with Greek vinaigrette and topped with a bit of crumbled Feta cheese for a little extra zing.

Briam - Recipe for Oven Roasted Vegetables in a Savory Sauce
This recipe for Briam is a delicious oven roasted vegetable dish featuring potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes in a savory sauce.

Spinach and Rice Pilaf - Spanakorizo
This spinach and rice pilaf known as Spanakorizo (spah-nah-KOH-ree-zoh) is a simple and easy dish made with spinach, tomatoes and fresh dill. Great pilaf on it's own as a side dish or as a meatless stuffing for vegetables.

Pasta Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing
A colorful and delicious pasta salad recipe featuring the unmistakable creaminess of Greek yogurt in the dressing.

Stuffed Peppers with Couscous, Spinach, and Feta Cheese
Delicious oven roasted peppers stuffed with couscous, spinach, feta and a touch of dill. A great side dish or a hearty vegetarian main meal.

Stewed Okra - Bamies Latheres me Domata
A favorite side dish or light vegetarian meal, Stewed Okra with Tomato is a simple way to enjoy this often under appreciated vegetable.

White Beans with Kale - Fassolia me Horta
A healthy and nutritious white bean dish that is great as a side or as a light vegetarian meal. Serve with plenty of fresh squeezed lemon juice and some crumbled Feta cheese for some extra zing.

Quick & Easy Meatless Summer Menu for Two
Unexpected company for dinner? Impress them with this last-minute meatless dinner that includes mezethes (appetizers), grilled foods, and a dessert that can be very romantic. The menu is for two and can be increased to feed a large group.

Avgolemono: Traditional Egg-Lemon Sauce
This egg-lemon sauce is one of the classic Greek sauces, and is traditionally served over stuffed vine leaves, stuffed cabbage, and meatballs with rice; however, it also adds a perfect touch to almost any vegetable dish.

Basic Bechamel Sauce
This is the basic white sauce used in many Greek recipes.

Melomakarona: Greek Christmas Honey Cookies
Melomakarona are a Christmas tradition in Greece (but enjoyed at other times of the year). All over Greece, kitchens will be filled with the wonderful smell of these cookies that will adorn tables, be given as hostess gifts, and eaten in huge quantities.

Bechamel Sauce with Cheese
Greek cooking uses a few different variations on béchamel in many classic and modern recipes. This version is made with cheese, and dresses up vegetables, meat dishes, and leftovers.

Chickpea Soup
Chickpea soup is a warming and filling thick soup that isn't as appealing to the eye as it is to the tastebuds. It's easy to make, vegetarian- and vegan-friendly, and this version has few ingredients.

Greek Medallion Pancakes - Tiganites
These small fried puffs of dough fall somewhere between a pancake and a fritter. A very simple recipe that makes up a good-sized batch of light and airy treats for a delicious breakfast, brunch, or snack food.

Horiatiki Salata: Greek Salad
A classic, this salad relies heavily on the ripest and most aromatic tomatoes you can find. This is the salad that has become famous the world over.

Kaltsounia Kritis: Cretan Sweet Cheese Pastries
These sweet cheese pastries are a favorite on the island of Crete, where they are either baked or fried. Unlike many other Greek pastries, this recipe calls for a rolled dough instead of phyllo.

Kataifi: Almond & Walnut Shredded Dough Pastry
Katafi is a pastry that looks like it is wrapped in shredded wheat. It is a traditional pastry made with nuts on the inside and soaked in a sugar or honey syrup. This recipe is a rolled version, with shredded dough wrapped around an almond and walnut filling, and after cooking, the pastry is soaked in a honey syrup.

Kolokithakia me Dyosmo: Zucchini with Mint
This is a delicious vegetarian recipe from the Greek island of Mytilini (Lesvos), for zucchini with mint, garlic, and grated cheese.

Lahanosalata: Cabbage Salad
This isn't your everyday coleslaw although it may start out looking that way. Cabbage, carrots, wild celery, and garlic give this a unique taste, with a traditional Greek dressing of lemon and olive oil.

Patzaria Salata: Beet & Garlic Salad
Greece produces a fine crop of beets and they're often paired with garlic or yogurt. This simple salad of beets and garlic can be made in under 15 minutes, if using canned beets.

Roasted Greek Cheese Appetizers
Greek cheeses are enormously versatile and can be cooked using almost every techniques to create unique dishes. These roasted cheeses are simple to make and delicious to eat.

Saganaki: Fried Greek Cheese
Saganaki is one of the most well known dishes that is served as an appetizer before a meal or a meze with drinks, especially Ouzo, the anise-flavored Greek apéritif. It's quick and easy and can be made with several different cheeses.

Sesame Baklava - Baklavas Sousamenios
This is a delightful version of baklava made with sesame seeds, and a Christmas Eve tradition in many Greek homes. Layers of phyllo dough sprinkled with sesame seeds. No nuts. No butter.

Sfakianopites: Cheese Pies from Sfakia Crete
Sfakia is an area in southwestern Crete which is famous for its traditions and culture. This local recipe for small fried cheese pies calls for ouzo and myzithra cheese.

Siropi Petimezi: Grape Dessert Syrup
Petimezi was first used as a high-calorie food during times of war to generate body heat. In times when sugar was a luxury, it was an economic solution used in baking sweets and breads, a tradition that continues today. It's also delicious as a topping on ice cream!

Soupa me Bizelia: Split Pea Soup
When the weather turns cold, this thick soup is especially delightful. It's vegetarian- and vegan-friendly, and a favorite lenten dish as well.

Spanakopita: Spinach Pie without Cheese
This is the version without cheese, and the combination of spinach, herbs, and phyllo creates a delightful dish. (Spanakotyropita is the version with cheese.)

Tyrokafteri: Hot Pepper Cheese Dip
Make this dip as hot or mild as you like with hot green or red peppers. It's quick and easy, and adds a spicy touch to appetizers, mezethes, or a meal.

Tyropita me Sfoliata: Quick Cheese Pie
A quick recipe for Greek cheese pie with feta cheese that takes 15 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook. This is a great choice for busy cooks.

Tyropitakia: Cheese Pie Triangles
Whether your passion is flaky pastry dough or the cheeses of Greece, these little cheese pie trianges are a delight. Try fixing them with young cooks since they are fun and easy, and the triangles are the perfect "kid size" for eating. Great finger food.

This Greek style couscous recipe is easy to make and sure to wow your guest. Using figs and pistachios, a unique texture is created to bring couscous to new heights.

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