International Spotlight: Greece

Greek cuisine may have many similarities to that of the Italian and Turkish cuisine, but it also has a style all of its own. It is full of fresh, powerful flavors and is extremely healthy, and not to mention super easy to prepare! Most Greek flavors are also found in other Mediterranean foods and include oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill, bay leaves, and thyme. Sweet spices are also common and include cinnamon and cloves for meats and stews. Olive oil is also very, very important to the Greeks and is used in practically every dish.

Greek cuisine is very diverse and consists are many dishes and variations. Because of that reason it is hard to pinpoint specific dishes to the culture; however, there are some favorites...

Greek Summer Salad

Also known as Village or Country Salad, or in Greek Horiatiki Salata, this lovely salad is a favorite among most people and is served in every Greek restaurant and tons of non-Greek ones as well. It traditionally consists of tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, feta cheese, kalamata olives, and olive oil. Many cooks prefer to peel the skins of the tomatoes, but it is not necessary and is up to you.

Greek Eggplant Salad

In Greek, this dish is called Melitzanosalata and is all about flavor and simplicity. If you would like to make it a heartier meal, just crumble some feta cheese and you won't need anything afterwards. Greeks love this dish and have it with all their meals because the flavors go so well with much of the other Greek foods. This salad can even be made into a dip if you substitute the vinegar for garlic and puree everything.


Tzatziki is a scrumptious creamy cucumber and yogurt dip flavored with garlic. It is mind-blowingly delicious and if you haven't tasted it yet, you should and you will be hooked! This dip goes great with grilled meats, as a dip with veggies or pita chips, and even does nicely as a spread on a sandwich.

Want more? Check out all our easy Greek recipes!

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