Greek Cuisine

Greek cuisine is celebrated for its emphasis on fresh ingredients and simple preparations combining diverse elements of a bountiful Mediterranean diet. Here are some of the most popular foods of Greece:

  • Souvlaki | Photo: Adobe Stock


    Skewers of grilled meat, usually pork or chicken, often served with grilled bread, lemon, sauces, and sometimes rice or fries. It's a staple of Greek fast food.

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  • Moussaka | Photo: Adobe Stock


    A layered dish consisting of sliced eggplant and minced meat, covered with a thick béchamel sauce and baked until golden brown. Variations might include potatoes or zucchini.

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  • Gyros | Photo: Adobe Stock


    Similar to souvlaki, gyros is made with meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, typically served wrapped in a pita with tomato, onion, fries, and tzatziki sauce.

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  • Spanakopita | Photo: Adobe Stock


    A savory pastry filled with spinach, feta cheese, onions, egg, and seasoning, wrapped in filo dough and baked until crisp.

  • Horiatiki | Photo: Adobe Stock


    A salad consisting of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, feta cheese, and olives, dressed with olive oil, oregano, and occasionally vinegar. It's a common side dish or light meal.

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  • Dolmadakia (Dolmas) | Photo: Adobe Stock

    Dolmadakia (Dolmas)

    Grape leaves stuffed with rice, pine nuts, and herbs, often served with lemon wedges. Meat versions exist as well.

  • BaklavaA rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts, sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. | Photo: Adobe Stock


  • Fasolada | Photo: Adobe Stock


    A traditional Greek bean soup made with white beans, olive oil, and vegetables. It's considered by many as the national food of Greece.

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  • Pastitsio | Photo: Adobe Stock


    Often described as Greek lasagna, pastitsio includes layers of pasta, minced meat with tomato sauce, and a creamy béchamel sauce on top, baked until golden.

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  • Grilled squid and octopus | Photo: Adobe Stock

    Grilled squid and octopus

    These seafood dishes are celebrated for their simplicity, letting the fresh flavors shine through. The squid and octopus are typically marinated with a blend of olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano, then grilled, resulting in tender and slightly charred morsels.

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