Top five Mediterranean dishes you should try

Mediterranean cuisine refers to the collection of dishes originating from countries near the Mediterranean Sea. The food served in this region usually consists of seafood, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Meat dishes and salads are also available which are usually cooked in olive oil and use less salt.

Because of the ingredients used in Mediterranean dishes, they are regarded as healthy yet tasty dinner options for people counting calories or for those who are just looking for fresher flavours to taste.

Mediterranean dishes are some of the most popular cuisines served around the world. To introduce you to this class of food, here are five Mediterranean dishes you need to try:

Calamari

Calamari is deep-fried battered squid rings served either plainly or with sauce. It is primarily eaten in Greek, Spanish, and Portuguese restaurants. 

Greek calamari is served salted, just like French fries. It also has a lemon on the side for added flavour or even Tzatziki. Spanish calamari can also be served salted with garlic mayonnaise. Portuguese calamari is skewered with bell peppers.

Greek salad

The original Greek salad consists of tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, and feta cheese. This dish is popular in Greece as its ingredients are the most common ones a typical farmer has immediate access to.

In other parts of the world, Greek salad is served with lettuce. Other variants of the dish are served in some American restaurants. Recently, a bizarre dish called King’s Hand which consists of a hollow cookie dough shaped like a human hand and filled with Greek salad has been created.

Neapolitan fresh black mussels

There are many ways to serve black mussels, but one of the most popular methods is by steaming it in Belgian beer. The Mediterranean twist for this dish comes in the Neapolitan sauce which is mainly a tomato-based sauce with garlic and herbs. For black mussels, the herbs consist of onion, parsley, and thyme.

Espetada

Espetada originated in Portugal with seafood mostly the main protein being skewered alongside bell peppers. Cubed beef seasoned with salt, pepper, and bay leaves can also be made with chicken marinated in peri-peri.

Grilled halloumi

Halloumi is unripened cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk and has its origins in Cyprus. This type of cheese can easily be fried or grilled due to its high melting point. Halloumi can be used as a salad component but it is usually served dressed in olive oil and black pepper.

The five dishes on this list have become menu staples in restaurants around the world, giving people a taste of what it’s like to be in the sunny part of Europe. Fortunately, if you’re in South Africa, these dishes are on offer at Lemon-butta. So, feel free to come over and give these dishes a try.

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