Merguez Sausage Recipe with Cod and Harissa Sauce

Best Mediterranean recipes

We've rounded up 19 of our favourite Mediterranean-inspired recipes, from Italian baked meatballs to spinach and ricotta filo pie, chicken and olive cacciatore, and Portuguese custard tarts

Looking for Mediterranean recipes to create a summery feast at home? Try our Mediterranean recipes, from Italian pastas to Greek salads and Spanish rice dishes…


Chicken cacciatore

This summery Italian one-pot is easy to make and freezes brilliantly, plus, it’s low cal and gluten free. The recipe is easily halved if you only want to serve 3-4 people.

Chicken, red pepper and olive cacciatore

Leek and green olive pissaladière

Pissaladière is a dish which originated from Nice in Southern France. The dough is usually a bread dough thicker than that of the classic Italian pizza. This is a great version using leeks, green olives and sultanas.

Leek, green olive and sultana pissaladière

Spicy merguez and cod tray roast

Spicy, smoky lamb merguez gives this sauce a rich, deep flavour and combines really well with the cod. You could also use cooking chorizo for a similar result. Try more of our ideas with olives here…

Merguez Sausage Recipe with Cod and Harissa Sauce


Check out this traditional Greek spanakopita pie recipe. This easy spinach filo pastry pie is super crispy and packed with creamy feta. Plenty more Greek recipes to try here…

Spanakopita Recipe

Vegetable tagine

This recipe for Moroccan veg and chickpea tagine is vegan, low-fat and really easy to make. This makes enough for four, but the leftovers freeze well.

Moroccan Tagine Recipe With Veg and Chickpeas

Orzo deli salad

Check out this super simple orzo salad recipe with crunchy red onion and sweet SunBlush tomatoes. This vegan salad recipe is easy to make and low in calories.

Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe

Green gazpacho with burrata and prosciutto

Check out this vibrant gazpacho recipe with punchy jalapeños, crispy prosciutto and creamy burrata. Chilling this gazpacho will allow its flavours to develop fully. You could use red tomatoes, but you won’t get as vivid a colour. 

Green Gazpacho Recipe with Burrata and Prosciutto

Freekeh and artichoke salad

Freekeh is a roasted green wheat grain that has three times the fibre of brown rice and scores low on the GI scale. Here it is added to a healthy vegetarian salad with artichokes and homemade labneh. Make more of our vegetarian salad recipes here…

Freekeh Salad with Artichoke and Labneh served on a blue porcelain serving plate and 2 silver serving spoons

Spicy prawn linguine

Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. This spicy prawn linguine has a spicy chilli kick to keep it interesting. It’s so delicious you’ll forget that you’re being virtuous. Make more of our linguine recipes here…

Spicy Prawn Linguine Recipe

Roast monkfish with chorizo, sherry and rice

Check out this super simple monkfish recipe for two. Ready in 40 minutes, this easy fish dish is wholesome midweek meal to enjoy all year through.

Monkfish Recipe with Chorizo, Sherry Wine and Rice

Italian baked meatballs

Meatballs baked in rich tomato sauce with a melting mozzarella topping – this recipe is all about comfort food. It’s also perfect for freezing, making it a great option for when you don’t want to cook mid-week. Looking for meatballs ideas? Click here to try.

Italian baked meatballs

Lamb tagine

Spicy lamb tagine is a real crowd pleaser. It serves six so is great for feeding the family or a group of friends, or you can freeze it in smaller batches so that it’ll do several nights. Olives add a richness to this traditional Moroccan recipe.

Lamb tagine

Chicken parmesan

Our take on a classic comfort food dish, this recipe for chicken parmesan is easy and ready in just 30 minutes.

Chicken parmesan

Cod, cherry tomato and green olive tray roast

This recipe for cod, cherry tomato and green olive tray roast is so quick and easy to prepare but looks impressive when you pull it out of the oven. Serve with a big bowl of buttered orzo.

Cod, cherry tomato and green olive tray roast

Spinach and ricotta filo pie

This spinach and ricotta vegetarian pie made with filo pastry is very light at under 200 calories per slice. Ready in under an hour you can make it ahead and cook it when you need it. If you’re a fan of pie and vegetarian, try our ideas here.

Spinach and Ricotta Vegetarian Filo Pastry Pie Recipe

Baked Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo

A spicy Spanish one pot. Made with chicken and chorizo and plenty of hot smoked paprika, this is a gutsy rice dish that is sure to impress friends and family. Plenty more Spanish recipes to try here…

Baked Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo

Broccoli and red pepper frittata

This broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata makes for a quick, healthy and delicious midweek meal. It’s on the table in just 20 minutes, plus it’s low-cal and 5:2 diet-friendly.

Broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata

Tuscan slow cooked shin of beef with chianti

Italian cusine never goes out of fashion. This recipe for Tuscan slow-cooked shin of beef with chianti is a brilliant example of how to do things simply but perfectly. This is a great one to make when you need to feed a crowd

Tuscan slow-cooked shin of beef with Chianti

Marinated tomato and feta salad

This recipe for marinated tomato and feta salad makes a quick and easy vegetarian meal for two midweek. It also makes a tasty lunch to take to work.

Marinated Tomato Salad Recipe With Feta

Courgette carbonara

Dressed in a light and creamy carbonara sauce, this quick-to-make pasta with courgette is perfect on a warm summer evening. It quickly dispenses with any garden gluts too

Courgetti carbonara

Smoky albondigas

The best Spanish meatballs recipe: These albondigas are made with beef and pork mince and served in a quick, rich tomato sauce. Make for easy tapas, or part of a dinner-party menu.

Smoky Albondigas Spanish Meatballs Recipe

Meatball and mozzarella pan bake

This easy meatball and mozzarella pan bake is a one-pot that will please everyone. You can’t plate this up politely, so just put it in the middle of the table.

Meatball Recipe With Mozzarella

Chicken traybake with lemon, orzo and olives

This chicken tray bake with lemon, olives and orzo is a great midweek meal for all the family. It’s super simple, and low in calories.

Chicken Tray Bake Recipe With Lemon, Olives and Orzo

Antipasti rigatoni

This recipe for antipasti rigatoni is a great Italian-inspired recipe for a speedy, healthy supper. Using the best Italian antipasti ingredients and combining it with pasta is ideal for a mid-week meal.

Antipasti Rigatoni

Portuguese custard tarts

Make classic Portuguese custard tarts Pastéis de Nata with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. Dusting the pastry with icing sugar gives the tarts a golden, caramelised crust when cooked.

Portuguese custard tarts on a cooling rack

Loukoumades Greek donuts

One of the pleasures of a Greek holiday comes in those moments after dark (and after dinner) when everyone moves to the tables in a local square to drink coffee and eat plates of tiny cinnamon-scented doughnuts. Whether your preference is for the sugar-dusted variety or those soaked in honey, try making them at home for a crowd-pleasing dessert with a difference.

Loukoumades Recipe (Greek Donuts)

Baileys tiramisu 

This tiramisu recipe combines creamy baileys with soft sponge fingers, strong coffee and sweet almond liqueur to make a boozy and indulgent wintertime dessert

Baileys Tiramisu