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21 Mediterranean Diet Recipes You Can Make At Home

Your taste buds will thank you.

The Mediterranean diet consists of foods eaten by people who live in the region around the Mediterranean Sea, in countries such as Greece, Croatia, and Italy. It's associated with a wide range of health benefits, and thankfully for you, is pretty tasty, too.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the key components of a Mediterranean diet include:

• Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts

• Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil

• Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods

• Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month

• Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week

• Enjoying meals with family and friends

• Drinking red wine in moderation (optional)

• Getting plenty of exercise

The Mediterranean diet focuses on pretty commonplace ingredients, meaning you might already be eating a Mediterranean diet without knowing it!

Studies have shown that people who follow this diet reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke.

Typical dishes from a Mediterranean diet are bursting with color. They center around a medley of vegetables cooked in olive oil and are complemented with moderately sized servings of fish or chicken and bread or whole grains.

Notably, another one of the diet's main elements is that you share your meals with friends and family. This context, way less commonplace now than in previous decades, encourages strong relationships, which has proven positive health benefits.

Here are 21 Mediterranean diet recipes anyone both on and off the diet can try:

1. Classic Greek Salad

2. Tomato, Artichoke Heart, And Olive Oil Pasta

3. Lemon Herb Chicken, Zucchini, and Potatoes

4. 15-Minute Chickpea Salad

5. Greek-Style Fish Soup

6. Roasted Eggplant With Pomegranates and Tahini

7. One-Pan Baked Halibut With Vegetables

8. Greek Spinach Rice

9. Prawn Saganaki

10. Cauliflower Rice Skillet

11. Artichoke and Chickpea Gnocchi

12. Fish Tacos With Sliced Avocados and Cotija Cheese

13. Sweet Potato Brussels Sprouts Bowl

14. Garlic Shrimp Zoodles

15. Ravioli With Spinach, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

16. Instant Pot Pasta and Fagioli (Beans)

17. Macro Bowl With Roasted Chickpeas and Hummus

18. Baked Herbed Salmon

19. Chicken and Vegetables Skillet

20. Extra Vegetable Fried Rice

21. Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup