Homemade Greek Cuisine

July 4, 2024
by HelloFresh Tips & tricks

    Greeks are renowned for their passion for food, enjoying meals together and generously passing down their recipes to others. Greeks follow a Mediterranean diet known for being both wholesome and delicious, featuring a blend of meats, fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.

    If you’re keen to delve into Greek cuisine but unsure where to begin, explore these simple recipes in the comfort of your home.

    Greek dishes and recipes

    Greek salad

    A refreshing, easy and enjoyable dish, the Greek salad has become popular around the world. A classic Greek salad is made with pieces of tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and olives and dressed with salt, oregano and olive oil. 

    Ideal for summer, transporting you to a Greek island oasis (even if you’re just in your garden), the Greek salad offers a delightful introduction to the flavours of Greece.


    Moussaka is a traditional Greek casserole dish, made with baked or pan fried aubergines and potatoes, a rich, tomatoey beef or lamb mince sauce and topped with a creamy bechamel sauce. It’s also easy to make a vegetaria moussaka, using lentils or soy and plenty of veggies in the rich tomato sauce.


    Probably the most famous and popular Greek dish there is, gyros have been recreated all around the world. A bit like a kebab, a gyro consists of pieces of meat cooked on a rotisserie and wrapped in a flatbread or pita along with salad, onions and a variety of sauces such as tzatziki. Many countries around the world now also include chips or fries in gyros.


    Hot off the grill, souvlaki is marinated meat (usually pork) grilled on skewers. Often enjoyed with tzatziki, pita (in a gyros), salad or rice, making it a versatile addition to any meal. Souvlaki is usually enjoyed straight off the grill while still hot, perhaps one you can add to your next BBQ?


    Dolmades are a common Greek dish, made of vine or grape leaves, stuffed with flavoursome and herby rice. They’re a great vegetarian option for those who want to try Greek food but don’t eat meat, and also make for delicious appetisers in a big Greek feast. Another classic Greek dish is Gemista, which features stuffed peppers filled with either rice or bulgur and, of course, feta cheese.


    A true classic, and found all over Greece, Turkey and the Middle East, baklava is a popular sweet pastry made with honey-soaked pastry, and layered crushed nuts such as walnuts or almonds. It’s a perfect sweet treat to show off to guests you have over for afternoon tea.


    Stifado is a delightful comfort food ideal for the chillier seasons, is traditionally made as a Greek meat stew. Typically made with beef or rabbit, you can also include any veggies, but be sure to include tomatoes and onion. Stifado is usually simmered for a few hours, making it a perfect dish to savour on a relaxing Sunday afternoon, filling your home with a delightful aroma.


    Tzatziki, is otherwise known as a yoghurt and cucumber sauce that every Greek restaurant has on offer. Made with thick greek yoghurt, cucumber, olive oil, fresh herbs (usually mint or dill), garlic, lemon juice and salt, this dish is great as an appetiser and is often simply eaten with bread. Tzatziki can be added to a range of dishes, gyros, salad, with tortilla crisps as a dip or as a way of cooling down a spicy dish.


    If you love meatballs then you must try keftethes. They are essentially breaded meatballs usually made with lamb meat, grated potatoes and served with a creamy tzatziki for dipping. They’re juicy and crispy, and can be served alongside rice, chips or salad.

    Greek recipes

    Feeling inspired and want to try new and exciting Greek recipes? Discover these simple dishes to make at home:

    All food products vary. The instructions printed on the food packaging always supersedes those printed in this article and must always be followed.
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