The Tastes of Greece

Hi everyone!

Hopefully you’re all beginning to enjoy the summer and the beautiful weather! Now that I’ve had some time to get back into the swing of things after vacationing in Greece, I figured it’d be a good time to share many of the delicious eats from the islands. The Mediterranean flare certainly inspired me and I hope that it will do the same for you!

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This was dinner from our first night in Athens. Grilled salmon with citrus tzatziki and sautéed zucchini “noodles”.
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Couldn’t have asked for a better view while chowing down on breakfast! Enjoying the BEST plain greek yogurt I’ve tasted, topped with fresh fruit, pistachios, walnuts, & currants.
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This was our first lunch on the boat on the island of Kea, with the one and only, Chef Mihran. Chowed down on a delicious traditional greek salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, oils, herbs, cucumbers, homemade croutons, and a WHOLE lot of feta); warm pita, hummus, eggplant dip, and the family enjoyed kabobs.
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Pretty sure I had at least 1 Greek Salad a day. The tomatoes are SO fresh there! They just melt in your mouth…
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We used to eat salads like this all the time while studying abroad in Spain – I’ve noticed this is a very European way to do salads >> mixed greens, tuna, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, olives, & mayo.
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Arrived to the next island of Syros and believe it or not, this was LUNCH! Linguini topped with homemade tomato sauce, fresh herbs, and tastefully meaty prawns.
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This was typically what our breakfast assortment looked like each morning (talk about trying to stay fit on vacation when you have options like this offered at every meal)!! The usual assortments included full-fat greek yogurt, mixed nuts & dried fruit, cheese plates, toast & jam, eggs or french toast, fresh fruit, and of course, A LOT of coffee.
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Made it to Mykonos and while the rest of the family was served meat-filled moussaka, Chef Mihran made me my own vegetarian take on the greek classic! This was stuffed eggplant with sautéed mushrooms, homemade tomato sauce, crumbled feta, and fresh basil. Definitely going to try and mimic this sometime soon in my kitchen!
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This was just a “small” part of lunch …homemade fresh tabouli, a plate of cheese, warmed pita, and bruschetta (not pictured here).
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So this was probably the highlight of the trip, go figure, FETA wins the food game. This was baked feta in phyllo dough topped with honey and black sesame seeds – HOLY WOW THIS WAS MOUTHWATERING.
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Had to expect there would be a full fish (or TWO) served one night! Nothing like enjoying fresh fish with a side of a mustardy lemon sauce, and a beet & walnut salad.
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This dessert was certainly a cloud pleaser. Not exactly a traditional Greek dessert, but you can’t go wrong with homemade cheesecake…
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Made it to the island of Paros and lunch is featuring freshly grilled octopus on top of fava beans with caramelized onions. I noticed a number of Greek restaurants prepared a dish similar to this. Although I’m not a HUGE octopus fan, Greece is known for their octopus and I will tell you first hand, my family certainly had their share of octopus there. Take it from them – it apparently ROCKS.
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This was a special little dessert from one of the first nights on the boat >> poached pear topped with warm dark chocolate sauce. The poached pair was on POINT.
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Next stop – the island of Ios! I loved how the chef made HUGE salads everyday for lunch – I think he started to catch on that I’m obsessed with vegetables…and feta…and food in general. I especially loved how each day, he’d mix up that salad just a bit, which certainly kept things exciting 🙂 This meal also included homemade mini olive croissants and veggie muffins, plus our favorite – eggplant dip and more pita bread because you can never enjoy enough carbs, right?!
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This was a “espresso fredo” which is exactly what it sounds like – double shot of espresso over ice. I don’t know how I would have survived the trip without this thang.
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This meal was one of the first meals in Santorini at the hotel. The cooked prawns and mini sautéed veggies were perfect to enjoy poolside!
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Breakfast at the hotel always consisted with an assortment of breads and pastries, plenty of coffee, and a veggie egg-white omelette.
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Not exactly “healthy” but hey, it’s vacation, right?! Plenty of wine, cheese, and bread to go around here…!
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This was for sure one of my favorite meals from the trip. This Santorini dish was grilled salmon with a champagne and basil sauce, served with cannelloni of asparagus and parmesan cheese.
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This was from our very last night in Greece at the Sofitel Hotel, right by the airport. Not bad for our last dish!! Here you have fresh sole with quinoa, fennel, asparagus and some sauces/aioli’s on the side.

Hope you all enjoyed drooling over these tasty meals from the Greek Islands, because I certainly did! Can’t wait to take these creations and get inspired in the kitchen! What are your favorite mediterranean meals? Share in the comments below!

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