12 Mediterranean Street Food Recipes Are the Perfect Healthy Junk Food

Mediterranean cuisine is made up of several regional Middle Eastern foods. This style of food focuses on fresh veggies, olive oil, and local in-season ingredients. Different cultures and countries put their own spin on Mediterranean street food dishes. Some well-known styles include Lebanese, Greek, and Turkish. You've probably heard of popular Mediterranean staples like hummus, gyros, and kebabs. Luckily for us, there are Mediterranean restaurants all over the US ranging from takeout to fine dining. If you truly want to immerse yourself in a culture, you need to try their food, and we have the 12 best recipes that you need to try.

Mediterranean Street Food

1. Feta Shrimp Skillet

First on our list is a recipe embracing feta cheese. Feta hails from Greece and is a salty, crumbly cheese.

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2. Baklava

Baklava is a traditional Turkish and Arab dessert. It is made with layers of flaky pastry, nuts and honey. This recipe uses store-bought phyllo, making it much simpler than the original.

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3. Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma is meat that has been marinated in spices, then roasted on a spit in its own juices until cooked. At Mediterranean dine-in restaurants, you'll see the meat being shaved off the spit. Shawarma is served up with tahini sauce, which is a creamy sauce made from ground sesame seeds.

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4. Hummus and Pita

This duo is a classic appetizer and common Mediterranean street food. Hummus is relatively easy to make at home and only requires garlic, olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, and chickpeas. Depending on your preference, you can even add different flavors like roasted red pepper or garlic.

Pita bread is a tad more complicated to make, but is similar to a traditional yeast dough. There's nothing like fresh warm bread straight from the oven.

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5. Greek Salad

Like the name implies, this Mediterranean street food's origins are Greek. This salad is served with fresh tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, and a red wine vinaigrette.

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6. Falafel

Falafel is a great vegan food that will even satisfy carnivores. It's made with chickpeas, herbs and spices, then fried. It can be served on its own, or alongside gyro meat on a Mediterranean platter.

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7. Baba Ghanoush

Baba ghanoush is a creamy roasted eggplant dip. It great for strict diets, as it's vegan, gluten free, and nut free, while also being delicious.

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8. Tzatziki

This Greek dip is made with cucumber, yogurt, and dill. It's very refreshing and cooling and pairs great with grilled chicken.

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9. Garlic Sauce

Lebanese garlic sauce is a very thick spread used on a variety of dishes. It's most commonly seen on chicken shawarma or Shish Tawook.

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10. Torshi

Torshi, aka pickled vegetables, are a common side dish in Persian cuisine. Their bright and acidic flavor helps offset the rich flavor from kebabs.

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11. Basmati Rice

This type of rice is soft, fluffy and tender. It is also the base of Persian rice which is the staple of every Persian dish.

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12. Mediterranean Flatbread

This pillowy, doughy bread is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine. It can be used to scoop up baba ghanoush or as a base for a pizza.

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If you don't feel like making any of these, you can order from Pita Mediterranean Street Food. With several locations throughout the US, you're sure to find something delicious for your Mediterranean street food feast.