Greeks are really famous for their pies. Spinach pie (spanakopita) and cheese pie (tiropita) are among the numerous choices that a vegetarian can eat. They are usually made with homemade phyllo and a rich filling. As bakeries are common throughout Greece, you are always able to find the pie of your preference.
Renowned Greek salad or “Horiatiki”
Greek salad is a fresh dish, which contains tomato, cucumber, green pepper, onions and olives. If you are into cheese, you should also add Greece’s national cheese, feta. This salad could be ordered as a main dish or as a starter. Don’t forget to accompany it with bread and make delicious dips in the tasty olive oil and vegetable juices.
For Greeks, yemista, is a typical Greek summer recipe. Yemista - which in Greek language means “stuffed with” - are tomatoes, peppers and eggplants stuffed with rice, chopped onions, parsley and sometimes fresh mint, accompanied by potatoes in the oven. Cinnamon is also added, which gives not only magical taste to the food, but also an oriental scent. Don’t forget to dip some bread, as it is a food rich in olive oil.
A visitor that is interested in food might notice that Greek cuisine includes many recipes withstuffed vegetables. Another one isdolmades, stuffedvine leaveswith grain rice, chopped onions and peppermint. As the original recipe indicates, dolmades can also contain ground beef; in Greece, the meat-free version is called“dolmades yalanci”, from the Turkish word “yalanci” which means “fake”.
Souvlaki without meat
Who said that the national Greek food, souvlaki, is only for meat lovers? Souvlaki is a food choice especially loved by locals as it is delicious and offers great value for money. You can just ask for wrapped pita without meat, stuffed with fried potatoes, tomato, lettuce and tzatziki spread. In some places you can also ask for veggie or mushroom souvlaki. The taste is even better than eating gyros!
Greek cuisine provides a great variety of traditional sweets too. Every place has its own production of marmalades, sweet pies, syrup and spoon sweets. Spoon sweets are mainly produced by housewives and served as a gesture of hospitality. Spoon sweets can be made of almost any fruit or even vegetables and flowers. The original recipe is cooking fruits with honey, but as time went by, honey was substituted by sugar. Some of the fruits that are used are citrus, bergamot, oranges, cherries, lemons, and other varieties, including flower petals like roses. For example, Crete is mostly known for its grape spoon sweets, Aegina for pistachio sweets, while Peloponnese is famous for citrus and bitter orange spoon sweets. We do not have to mention that they’re all handmade! But what about Athens? Do not worry. You can find sweets produced in different Greek regions, in many local shops. Before you leave, don’t forget to try them!
In Greece, loukoumades are mostly a winter dessert, but you can also find them during summer. They are based on everyday ingredients like, flour, water, sugar and yeast and then they are deep fried in oil. You can either eat them plain with honey and cinnamon, or with ice- cream and chocolate syrup, in their modern version.
A true war begun between Greece and Turkey concerning the birth country of baklava, although most sources mention that baklava was spread throughout the Ottoman Empire. In Greece, it is a beloved choice for dessert, because of its layers of traditional phyllo filled with chopped mixed nuts, sweetened and held together with syrup.