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7 Mediterranean Recipes (Plus 2 Refreshing Drink Ideas)

Savor these summer flavors


Photography by Eric Hinders; food styling by Skyler Myers; art direction by Haleigh Eason

There’s more than one good reason to follow a Mediterranean eating plan. Scientific studies have linked the diet to a reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer. It’s also been found to fight frailty, boost brainpower, and improve blood glucose management in people with diabetes. Inspired by countries such as Greece, Italy, France, and Morocco, these recipes make for nutrient and flavor-packed summer meals. Enjoy them the Mediterranean way: unhurried and with good company.

Make It Mediterranean

Salmon with Sweat Pea Puree

This restaurant-quality dish is delicious and surprisingly simple to make.

Roasted Beet, Tahini, and Greek Yogurt Dip

Garnish this dip with paprika and serve with raw veggies, or use it as a bed for grilled chicken or seafood.

Mixed Vegetable Salad with Tomato, Dijon, and Olive Vinaigrette

A bowlful that blends the flavors of your entire garden.

Turbot with Watercress and Zucchini

Lightly spiced fish on a bed of green veggies.

Baby Artichokes with Herb Dressing

Serve these as a side or pass them around your backyard summer party as an appetizer.

Chilled Tarragon and Tomato Soup

The ideal comfort food, retooled for the warm days of summer.

Date, Almond, and Sesame Balls

Not only tasty, but also fun to make!

Chill Out

When sweltering temps have you craving a scoop of ice cream, reach instead for these Mediterranean-inspired drinks. They’re the perfect way to cool down—with under 15 grams of carb each.

Moroccan Avocado Smoothie

Take a sip, close your eyes, and imagine those midnight blue waters off the coast of Africa.

Almond Milk Cooler

An ideal refreshment for a warm summer evening.