Favorite Greek Vegetarian Recipes

Traditional Greek cooking is based on fresh seasonal vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, herbs, spices, and olive oil - perfect for vegetarians (and often for vegans as well). Creating delicious and authentic Greek meals that meet vegetarian guidelines is a snap. These recipe favorites will get you started - and not a salad in the bunch! Listed alphabetically.

  • 01 of 08

    Batter-Fried Zucchini - Kolokythakia Tiganita

    Batter fried zucchini


    peredniankina / Getty Images

    Soda water in the batter keeps these thin slices of fried zucchini light and crispy. A simple recipe, serve these as an appetizer or meze , or a side dish.

  • 02 of 08

    Braised Eggplant with Potatoes & Tomato

    Braised eggplant


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    In this dish, the eggplant is dredged in flour and browned to a slight crisp before adding to the pot, giving the dish a lovely mix of textures and tastes. This stovetop dish includes eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, herbs, and olive oil.

  • 03 of 08

    Green Bean & Tomato Casserole - Fassolakia Freska me Domata

    Fassolakia Freska
    Pat Kight / Flickr / CC By 2.0

    As simple as this recipe looks, it will fast become a family favorite. Fresh green beans, tomatoes, herbs and spices are simmered together long enough for the tastes to meld. Served in larger portions, it's a fabulous main dish.

  • 04 of 08

    Hummus with Tahini

    Hummus With Tahini

    The Spruce

    The origins of this dish can be found in antiquity. A classic Middle Eastern dish, it is a familiar sight at Greek restaurants around the world (although not in Greece). Chickpeas, tahini (a paste made from toasted sesame seeds), olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice combine to create a dip to serve before or with a meal.

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  • 05 of 08

    Meatless Stuffed Vegetables - Yemista me Ryzi

    Classic Greek Cuisine. Stuffed Tomato with Rice
    Steve Outram / Getty Images

    Fabulous baked vegetables stuffed with a seasoned rice mixture. Use a selection of vegetables, including tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, eggplant, and potatoes—or just one.​

  • 06 of 08

    Spinach & Cheese Pie - Spanakopita

    Greek Spinach Pie With Feta Cheese (Spanakopita) Recipe

     The Spruce

    Spinach and cheese cooked in flaky phyllo pastry - a Greek classic and a favorite appetizer, snack, side dish, or main dish. There are several versions of spanakaopita, including without cheese, but this one is our favorite and the quickest to make.

  • 07 of 08

    Spinach & Rice Casserole - Spanakorizo

    Jackie Newgent / Flickr / CC By 2.0

    One of the easiest dishes to make, this stovetop casserole is a delicious and healthy side or main dish. Spinach, onion, rice, and seasonings topped off with the signature squeeze of lemon juice—a must for Greek veggies.

  • 08 of 08

    Stuffed Peppers with Bulgur & Basil - Piperies Yemistes me Pligouri

    Stuffed peppers with bulgur

    Azurita / Getty Images

    If you aren't familiar with bulgur (often spelled "bulghur"), it is partially hulled wheat that has been soaked, steamed, dried, then crushed—and it can basically be used wherever you might use rice. It cooks quickly—like rice—and it has a wonderful nutty flavor. Bulgur is one of our favorite grains, and if you haven't tried it, this might be the perfect opportunity.