24 Greek dishes to make at home

From souvlaki to moussaka and baklava we’ve Greek recipes that will take you straight to the streets of Greece.
Published 20 October 2020

Classic Greek menu items

Greek salad (Horiatiki salad). This classic Greek-village salad is traditionally made with tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicums, and topped with feta.

Hummus and pita. Chickpeas are a great source of vegetarian protein, and you’ll sometimes see flavourful additions of garlic and sun-dried tomato, but you need to watch portions with this one.

Moussaka. A lasagna-like dish of fried eggplant and meat slathered in béchamel.

Souvlaki. Souvlaki literally refers to anything on a skewer, but is most often meat served for eating with pita, with vegetables as an occasional addition. Grilling is the best choice for meats, and these simple, lean cuts of chicken, lamb, or pork are pure protein on a stick. They come served with pita and tzatziki — a dipping sauce made from Greek yoghurt, cucumber and garlic.

Prawn saganaki. Sautéed prawn are baked in the oven with tomatoes and feta in this relatively healthful restaurant favourite.

Baklava. In this decadent dessert, filo pastry is brushed with butter and filled with walnuts, dripping with honey and cinnamon.

Mezze (meze). A selection of small dishes served as appetizers in both Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions. Dips like hummus and tzatziki, warmed pita bread, dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), cheese like feta and haloumi and Kalamata olives are fount on Greek mezze plates.

Spanakopita. A spinach and feta pie wrapped in layers of filo pastry, usually offered as meze.