Get ready for tasty and delicious side dishes that will transport your taste buds to the sun-kissed shores of Greece! In this recipe roundup, we're diving deep into the world of Greek side dishes, where fresh flavors, vibrant colors, and a touch of Mediterranean magic come together to create a feast for the senses.
You can just see yourself savoring the taste of olives, feta cheese, and olive oil, all harmoniously blended with herbs and spices that define the essence of Greek cuisine. Whether you're planning a family gathering, a festive dinner party, or simply looking to elevate your everyday meals, these Greek side dishes are your ticket to adding a dash of Hellenic flair to your table. From classic favorites that have stood the test of time to modern twists, this roundup is a treasure trove for food enthusiasts and anyone eager to dive into Greek cuisine. Grab some ouzo, and let’s get into it!
We’re starting out with a delicious bread. It’s vegan and typically a very easy Greek side dish to make. It’s perfect for pairing with a warm soup, or for dipping into herbed oil. It is a yeasted bread, but can still easily be made right at home as it bakes in a normal baking pan.
This recipe for lemony roasted potatoes with chicken broth, garlic cloves, and oregano will be a new family favorite and will absolutely end up on the regular rotation a few times a month. They go great with chicken kabobs and a Greek salad or Greek meatballs. While the insides of the potatoes are creamy and lemony, the outsides get perfectly crispy.
If you’ve never had spanakopita, this needs to be the first thing you make! It’s a classic, you’re in for a treat. Spanakopita is a great side dish for large holiday dinners next to lamb or lemon chicken. This Greek savory pie is made from flaky phyllo dough filled with spinach and feta cheese.
For a Greek side dish, you can never go wrong with classic hummus and pita bread. Better yet- make the pita right at home! It’s much more simple than you might think. This recipe only requires six ingredients which include water and flour. It’s super easy, and you’ll love the homemade taste.
A bright, refreshing cucumber salad is the perfect option for a Mediterranean feast during the spring or summer months. Serve this alongside skewers of grilled shrimp, chicken, or salmon. This recipe uses fresh ingredients that, when blended together, brighten your taste buds with each bite. It’s easy to make for large crowds as well.
This version of fresh cucumber salad features Roma tomatoes and black olives to bring in even more Greek flavors. Greek cucumber salad is healthy and light and pairs great with grilled meat. You can make this for potlucks as well because it can sit at room temp for a few hours and still be delicious.
For a hearty, winter side dish, bring in this Greek pasta salad. It’s got all of the traditional Greek flavors such as feta, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, and cucumber, but it’s mixed with warm, al dente pasta to bulk up the dish. A homemade dressing made with fresh parsley and Dijon mustard is drizzled over to bring everything together.
Boureki is a zucchini and potato gratin from Chania, Crete. Featuring feta, ricotta, and kefalotiri cheeses, it's rich and tasty. You can prepare this dish ahead of time, which makes it a great option for entertaining. It’s creamy and hearty and will keep you warm on a chilly fall night.
Moussaka is similar to Boureki and is probably the most famous of all Greek casseroles. In this Potato Moussaka, thinly sliced potato chips are layered with a meat filling, then topped off with scrambled eggs and baked to golden perfection. With the eggs added, it can be eaten as a fully balanced meal, but it’s also a delicious side dish.
If you’re featuring any type of BBQ meat for your dinner, make this Greek potato hash to go along with it. It’s a great “salad” for when it’s getting warm enough to BBQ, but you still want some carbs with the meal. It's good with meaty Greek dishes like crispy pork gyros or a Greek lamb traybake.
This is a lightened-up side dish featuring delicious Greek flavors. Cauliflower keeps this casserole low in carbs and calories while feta, mozzarella, garlic, olive oil, olives, and tomatoes infuse all the flavors we love in Medditerian cuisine. A baked cheese side dish will be a hit no matter who you are serving!
Fresh and wholesome ingredients are often used in Mediterranean recipes, especially Greek recipes, which are always full of flavor. It won't take you long to fall in love with these baked Greek fries. Topped with feta, and served with homemade taziki sauce, they’re hard to beat! Serve these as a fun, crowd-pleasing appetizer, or a family-style side dish.
13. Greek Orzo Salad
This Greek Orzo salad is not only a scrumptious side dish, it can be used for a healthy, refreshing meal prep lunch. Add a bit of grilled chicken to the salad, and you’ve got a fully balanced meal that's good warm or cold. And your co-workers won’t hate you for sticking up the break room- it smells delightful.
Lentils - when cooked correctly - are tender and hearty. This salad is topped with a Mediterranean citrus dressing that leaves it refreshing and flavorful. This Mediterranean-style lentil salad will keep you going all afternoon, plus it packs in a good amount of protein from the lentils. It’s also a great meal prep option!
Unlike the lentil salad, this Greek chickpea salad is big and chunky, in a good way! When veggies are this fresh, biting into a large chunk is absolutely delicious. Greek salad is delicious on its own, but adding chickpeas makes it a protein-packed filling meal. It's also a convenient make-ahead salad.
Rice is a great go-to option for a side dish because it’s easy and quick to make. Adding in flavors such as garlic, parsley, lemon, and dill adds a Greek flair that will liven up your dinner party. Top this dish with lemon wedges and a sprinkle of feta, serve family style, and enjoy the comfort it brings to the whole meal.
To pair with the homemade pita bread, you must have a traditional hummus dip. Traditional hummus is made by heating the chickpeas in a pot, running them through a food mill to remove the skins, and smashing the garlic and salt together before mixing them with the other ingredients. Don’t skip this step!
18. Greek Hummus Dip
If you’re up for even more flavor than traditional hummus offers, give this Greek hummus dip a trip. The base is a classic hummus recipe, but it’s topped with fresh cucumbers, roasted red peppers, diced green onion, sliced olives, and crumbled feta. Each bite will be bursting with Greek flavor.
19. Edamame Hummus
One of my absolutely favorite foods I’ve ever had was an edamame hummus from a little restaurant in Austin, Texas. If you’ve never tried this green version of hummus, it’s a must. It’s creamy, vibrant, heart-healthy, nutrient-dense, and very easy to customize to your own liking. And the best thing about it is it only takes a few high-quality ingredients to get it whipped up.
With this Greek salad and dressing recipe, you’ll never have to buy the bottled Greek dressing again. This recipe is so tasty, and the combination of flavors is just incredible. It's perfect for summer when produce is plentiful and affordable. This is a great no-cook option. Just chop and combine!
Roasted Greek vegetables are amazing to have on hand because you can add them to any meal. Salads, power bowls, grilled meat entrees - the options are endless. They are rich and packed with Mediterranean flavors. You can make your own Greek spice blend, or get a packaged one from the store.
These loaded Greek fries are similar to the previous Greek oven-baked fries we looked at. But instead of a tzatziki sauce, these are served with a delicious, warm garlic sauce. With some russet potatoes, garlic, olive oil, and salt, you can bake up some of the best loaded fries you’ve ever had. Even with all the toppings, it’s not too heavy of a side dish - just ultra flavorful.
Not only is this roasted potato spiral packed with Greek flavors but it’s got a stunning presentation as well. It’s the perfect side dish to serve at a fancy dinner party when you want to wow your guests with your kitchen skills. It looks like you’ve put a massive amount of effort into it. No one needs to know how easy it is!
This Lemon Tzatziki Potato Salad is a great way to use up leftover potatoes from Sunday dinner. A fantastic side dish, this potato salad uses low-fat yogurt in place of mayonnaise for a tasty Greek-inspired flavor twist. It’s healthy and light, once you taste this, you won’t believe that it doesn’t need any mayo!
Embrace the spirit of Greece as you dive into these delicious flavors that will turn your meals into a Mediterranean masterpiece. No matter which you choose, you’re sure to love it. Opa!
And I'll leave you with one of my favorite Greek salads, Maroulosalata
24 Delicious Greek Sides
- 1 romaine lettuce (approximately 200 g)
- 1 butterhead lettuce (approximately 150 g)
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 2 small chives, 40 g.
- 1 small chicory (approximately 30 g)
- 2 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 sprig fennel
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- Once you have gathered all the ingredients, begin by washing the romaine and butterhead lettuces thoroughly, making sure to remove any dirt or impurities.
- Dry them well using a salad spinner or paper towels, then proceed to cut them into large, bite-sized pieces and place them in a spacious bowl.
- Finely chop the small chives and chicory, adding them to the bowl along with the crumbled ricotta cheese.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the canola oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper until the dressing is well combined.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss everything together, ensuring each piece is coated.
- For an added touch of freshness, include the sprig of fennel, either whole or finely chopped.
- Take a moment to taste the salad and adjust the seasoning according to your preferences.
- Finally, serve the Maroulosalata on individual plates and enjoy!
- Makes 4 servings
- 4 WW points per serving