Best Mediterranean Appetizers

Get ready for a tasty journey with my curated list of the best Mediterranean appetizers! From whipped feta and falafels to Greek salad skewers and grilled seafood, dive into easy and yummy recipes that bring the best of places like Greece, Italy, Turkey and Spain right to your kitchen.

Mediterranean Appetizers
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Mediterranean cuisine is famed for its vibrant, fresh ingredients and a perfect balance of herbs and spices. From the zesty lemon and olive oil of Greek dishes to the aromatic spices of Moroccan cuisine, these appetizers are a feast for the senses.

This collection of appetizers is your gateway to experiencing the light and nourishing fare that Mediterranean countries are famous for. Think of Greece’s famous Tzatziki, a creamy yogurt and cucumber dip, or Italy’s Bruschetta, with ripe tomatoes on grilled bread, kissed by olive oil and garlic.

Spain brings the fun with Patatas Bravas while Turkey deligh swith its Meze platter, featuring an assortment of small, flavourful dishes like stuffed grape leaves and spicy Ezme.

I hope you enjoy these Mediterranean appetizers. I’ve included calories, protein and carbs per serving to make it easier to choose what suits your dietary needs.

👉 Check out my other collections: 🫒 Vegetarian appetizers, 🌮 Mexican appetizers, 🍤 seafood appetizers, 🛞 pinwheel sandwiches, 🥐 puff pastry appetizers, 🍣 Asian appetizers, 🍗Paleo appetizers.


Zucchini Feta Skewers
Zucchini Feta Skewers from The Mediterranean Dish with marinated feta is a gluten-free appetizer recipe that’s easy, elegant, and festive enough for any dinner party.
Calories (per skewer): 121
Protein: 6.6 g
Carbs: 3.2 g
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Mediterranean Antipasto Skewers
Mediterranean skewers are a total crowd-pleaser at a party. They are colourful and offer your guests a wide variety of flavours and textures; from the turkey to the olives, to the fresh mozzarella balls. Recipe from A Cedar Spoon.
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Beef Kofta Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce
These kebabs (or skewers) from The Foodie Physician are packed with protein and bursting with flavour. Present them on a platter accompanied by an assortment of fresh vegetables, pita bread, and tzatziki sauce and your guests will think you’re a culinary rockstar!
Calories (per kofta + sauce): 120
Protein: 13.5 g
Carbs: 2 g
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Vegetable & Halloumi Kebabs
Not only are these vegetable and halloumi skewers great for BBQ or summer parties, they are also fabulous as finger food or an appetizer. Recipe from Hungry Healthy Happy.
Calories (per skewer): 155
Protein: 8 grams
Carbs: 6.5 grams
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Grilled Shrimp Kabobs, Mediterranean-Style
Juicy, flavour-packed shrimp kabobs, tossed in a marinade with garlic, fresh herbs and spices; grilled to perfection!
Calories (per skewer): 130
Protein: 15 g
Carbs: 0.6 g
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Mozzarella Salad With Balsamic Tomatoes
This bruschetta-inspired fresh mozzarella salad with balsamic tomatoes and basil are gorgeous, delicious and perfect as an appetizer.
Calories: 347 (per generous portion)
Protein: 28 grams
Carbs: 13 grams
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Greek Tabbouleh Salad
Tabbouleh is a grain-based salad with variations all over the Med. This Greek version features a base of bulgur wheat and the addition of fresh dill. A Lebanese version may be heavier on the parsley. From A Cedar Spoon.
Calories (per 6-person serving): 250
Protein: 5 grams
Carbs: 20 grams
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Tomato Ricotta Salad With Gremolata
Italian-inspired salad with sweet, nutritious tomatoes are topped with creamy ricotta and sea salt and zesty gremolata with lemon zest and a touch of garlic. Vegetarian, low-carb, gluten-free.
Calories: 190
Protein: 8 g
Carbs: 7 g
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Greek Potato Salad
There is regional flair to every potato salad recipe, and this one takes inspiration from Greece with a simple and tangy vinegar and oil dressing and fresh dill to finish off the flavour. From Recipes from Europe.
Calories (per serving): 338
Protein: 4 grams
Carbs: 33 grams
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Horiatiki (Greek Village) Pasta Salad
Similar to potato salad, there exists a wide array of techniques for crafting a delectable pasta salad. This dish combines crisp vegetables such as bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions, all harmoniously dressed with feta cheese and aromatic herbs to achieve that timeless Greek flavour. Omit the pasta for a low-carb option. From The Lemon Apron.
Calories (per serving): 465
Protein: 8 grams
Carbs: 21 grams
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Turkish Ezme Salad
Ezme is a classic Turkish appetizer. It's a spicy salad dip, almost like a salsa that’s usually served on the side of kebabs with some fresh bread. It’s ready in 10 minutes. Recipe from Unicorns In The Kitchen.
Calories: 87
Protein: 2 g
Carbs: 10 g
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Kolokithokeftedes (Crispy Zucchini Fritters)
Kolokithokeftedes (crispy zucchini fritters) Fresh mint and feta give these crispy golden fritters their exceptional Greek flavour. These are perfect for dipping into tzatziki or whipped feta. From Real Greek Recipes.
Calories (per fritter): 77
Protein: 2 grams
Carbs: 3 grams
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Mediterranean Roasted Artichokes
Artichokes are a staple in Mediterranean cuisine. Roast ‘em with sun dried tomatoes, capers, feta, and herbs for an easy recipe using canned artichokes for ease. From Midwest Foodie Blog.
Calories (per serving): 211
Protein: 9 grams
Carbs: 33 grams
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Patatas Bravas
Patatas bravas are one of the simplest and most popular Spanish tapas. Learn how to make them at home with this quick and easy recipe from Spanish Sabores.
Calories (per serving): 200
Protein: 4.7 g
Cabrs: 38 g
Get the recipe here

Cheesy Appetizers

Whipped Feta With Roasted Tomatoes & Garlic
Feta has exceptional flavour. In this recipe, it’s accentuated with sweet roasted tomatoes and caramelised roasted garlic, perfect for mopping up with crusty bread or pita.
Calories (per serving): 193
Protein: 5.3 grams
Carbs: 6 grams
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Hot Honey Roasted Feta
Don’t underestimate the power of cheese. This recipe brings out the goodness in a block of feta with a little heat and a generous drizzle of honey, perfect as a centerpiece for your mezze. You can sub out feta with halloumi for similar results. From My Kitchen Little.
Calories (per recipe): 1,430
Protein: 20 grams
Carbs: 109 grams
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Labneh is a Lebanese cream cheese spread made with yoghurt. You can serve it with za’atar and olive oil to keep things simple or a wide variety of complementary toppings such as roasted veggies, fig and herbs, toasted nuts, and so much more. From Fig and Olive Platter.
Calories (per recipe): 617
Protein: 34 grams
Carbs: 57 grams
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Meat & Seafood

Kreatopita (Greek Meat Pie)
These meat pies will disappear as quickly as you set them out. Flaky phyllo crust encases a succulent blend of mushrooms and ground beef for a hearty starter. From The Hungry Bites.
Calories (per serving): 397
Protein: 23 grams
Carbs: 27 grams
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Greek Dolmades with Avgolemono Sauce
You may know these as dolmas or stuffed grape leaves. This recipe has vegetarian adaptations, but is traditionally served stuffed with ground beef. Top it off with this creamy lemon sauce – like a Greek hollandaise – to steal the show. From Binge Worthy Bites.
Calories (per roll, with sauce): 105
Protein: 2 grams
Carbs: 3 grams
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French Salmon Tartare
Salmon Tartare is a show-stopping, crowd-pleasing salmon recipe that is ready in under 10 minutes! No cooking and lots of flavour! Recipe from Two Purple Figs.
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Easy Calamari With Garlic Lime Sauce
Calamari is something you’ll find regularly exploring the Mediterranean coast. You can always batter and fry it, but this recipe is light and fresh with a zesty garlic and citrus sauce to serve. From The Mediterranean Dish,
Calories (per serving): 282
Protein: 18.5 grams
Carbs: 9.2 grams
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Arayes (Middle Eastern Stuffed Pita)
Like the Greek meat pies, this recipe features a savoury beef filling. Instead of phyllo dough, use fresh pita. From Hungry Paprikas.
Calories (per serving): 156
Protein: 10 grams
Carbs: 13 grams
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Baked Kibbeh (Kibbeh Bil Sanieh)
Indulge in the delicious world of Lebanese cuisine with this baked kibbeh recipe. A symphony of ground meat, cracked wheat, and aromatic spices offers a taste of warmth and tradition in every bite. From Cooking with Mima.
Calories (per serving): 388
Protein: 33 grams
Carbs: 8 grams
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Traditional Lebanese Hummus
If you’ve never made your own hummus, it’s a must! It’s exceptionally easy, budget-friendly, and worlds better than store-bought. From Sinful Kitchen.
Calories (per serving): 25
Protein: 1 gram
Carbs: 1 gram
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Authentic Tzatziki Sauce
Tzatziki is a creamy yoghurt-based sauce often served as a mezze which is a selection of appetizers. This dip is a Mediterranean classic, packed with protein, and downright delicious with veggies, bread, or as a dressing. From The Greek Foodie.
Calories (per serving): 80
Protein: 5 grams
Carbs: 4 grams
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Taramasalata (Greek Fish Roe Dip)
Dips are kind of a thing in Mediterranean cuisine which leaves no shortage of awesome appetizer selections. This fish roe dip, blended with olive oil and lemon, is a delicacy. From Souvlaki for the Soul.
Calories (per serving): 170
Protein: 9 grams
Carbs: 3 grams
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Classic French Salmon Rillettes
Made with both poached as well as smoked salmon, these salmon rillettes are an easy-to-make yet elegant spread, with big flavour! They deliver a chunky texture with a rich smoky taste from the salmon. Recipe from Pardon Your French.
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Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Dip)
This dip channels the spirit of baba ghanoush, featuring a creamy roasted eggplant base. What sets it apart is the undeniable star power of the eggplant, embracing its charred brilliance and unique texture without any distractions. From Eating European.
Calories (per serving): 151
Protein: 1 gram
Carbs: 7 grams
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Muhammara (Roasted Red Pepper Dip)
This Muhammara dip recipe boasts a luscious blend of red pepper goodness, enhanced by the nutty richness of walnuts, which perfectly complement its sweet and spicy undertones. From The Mediterranean Dish.
Calories (per serving): 200
Protein: 5.5 grams
Carbs: 20 grams
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Lebanese Baba Ghanoush
This creamy eggplant dip is a common menu item in Mediterranean haunts across the globe. Make your own for optimal dipping potential with this traditional Lebanese version. From The Perfect Tide.
Calories (per serving): 100
Protein: 2.5 grams
Carbs: 11.5 grams
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Breads & Grains

Pita Bread
You need something to scoop up all those tasty dips with. Enter the homemade pita bread. Of course you could opt for store bought, but this simple recipe may change your mind. From Tastes Better from Scratch.
Calories (per serving): 156
Protein: 5 grams
Carbs: 29 grams
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Authentic Spanakopita
An authentic Spanakopita recipe is a delightful Greek classic, featuring layers of flaky phyllo pastry embracing a savory filling of spinach, feta cheese, and aromatic herbs. Baked to a golden perfection, it's a mouthwatering dish that captures the essence of Mediterranean flavours and hospitality. From Cooking for Keeps.
Calories (per serving): 208
Protein: 4.5 grams
Carbs: 13 grams
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Cauliflower Rice Arancini
Elevate the classic arancini recipe to a healthier level with gluten-free cauliflower rice and bread crumbs, transforming these Italian delights into lighter fare. Crispy on the outside and brimming with savoury goodness inside, these arancini offer a delicious twist on tradition while catering to all audiences. From Lean Green Nutrition Fiend.
Calories (per recipe): 2,300
Protein: 110 grams
Carbs: 130 grams
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Homemade Falafel
Everyone loves falafel. This traditionally plant-based fritter can be fried or baked. Many people opt to make it from a box mix, but you won’t regret trying your hand at making them from scratch! From Cooking with Ayeh.
Calories (per serving, before frying): 77
Protein: 74 grams
Carbs: 13 grams
Get the recipe here

Antipasto & Mezze Platter Ideas

Italian Antipasto Platter with Anchovy Vinaigrette
A Mediterranean-inspired charcuterie board is incomplete without the salt, brine, and smoke in a classic collection of antipasto favourites. Serve with pita and your choice of dips.From Our Salty Kitchen.
Calories (per serving): 191
Protein: 7 grams
Carbs: 4 grams
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Greek Mezze Platter
The mezze is highly customisable using many of the dips, breads, and appetizers featured here today. This recipe combines a tempting array of selections to create a stunning board of seriously good eats. From Hungry Healthy Happy.
Calories (per serving): 1077
Protein: 62 grams
Carbs: 89 grams
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Italian Antipasto Platter
This antipasto platter is a combination of Italian meats, cheeses, vegetables and breads, all arranged to create a fabulous appetizer display. The perfect showpiece for any gathering, and it takes just minutes to put together! From Dinner At The Zoo.
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French Cheese & Charcuterie Board
Learn how to make this charcuterie board using the best fromage. Impress your guests with brie, comté & french-inspired accoutrements. From Ain't Too Proud To Meg.
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Turkish-Inspired Mezze Party Platter
Loaded up with hummus, baba ganoush, marinated feta, tzatziki, tomato rice salad, muhammara, za’atar pita chips, sliced veggies, and nuts, this mezze platter is the perfect spread of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours.
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Greek Mezze Platter V2
Another delicious Greek mezze platter from Simply Delicious Food filled with pita bread, dips, fresh vegetables and cheese is the perfect way to feed a crowd and perfect for entertaining.
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  1. This is a beautiful roundup of recipes! Bookmarking it for future use. My friends and family will love these!

  2. Wow! What an incredible list of appetizers. They all look and sound sensational. I am bookmarking this page for future reference as all of these will be made for parties, tailgating or just snacking on a weekend.

  3. Thank you for putting all of these together in one spot. I have it bookmarked and can’t wait to try some of these. Definitely looking forward to that Lebanese hummus!

  4. These all look so delicious that it was hard for me to pick which to try first, but the Mediterranean Antipasto Skewers were especially delicious!

  5. What a great roundup of delicious recipes! Looking forward to enjoying these; they all too good to pass up!

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