11 Dishes for a Mediterranean Diet

February 27, 2013

Many of our food and travel fantasies center around crystal seas, sunny days, and simple meals enjoyed while languishing on the coasts of Greece and Italy, those Mediterranean Shangri-Las whose residents seem to have mastered the art of living. And now, we have science to back us up. 

Researchers have now proven that the Mediterranean diet -- full of fish, olive oil, beans, nuts, and fresh produce -- decreases the risk of heart disease, which is great news for our hearts and taste buds alike. In celebration of these findings, we've compiled a list of simple, flavorful recipes that feature healthy fats, fish, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. And in honor of Italy's passion for dessert, there's even Olive Oil Gelato. Ciao, bella.

Aromatic Poached Salmon with Rye and Caper Breadcrumbs by gingerroot

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poached salmon

Olive Oil Poached Fish or Shellfish by amanda

olive oil poached fish

Red Leaf Salad with Roasted Beets, Oranges and Walnuts by Theresa Parker

red leaf salad

Patricia Wells' Green Lentil Salad Recipe by Genius Recipes


Greek Salad with Fennel by merrill

greek salad

Minestrone Soup by Foodwriter97426


Pasta con Sarde by blanka.n

pasta con sarde

Farro with Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale and Pomegranate Seeds by Ann S


Meg's Marinated Mushrooms by hardlikearmour

marinated mushrooms

Preserved Lemons (a how-to!)

preserved lemons

Olive Oil Gelato by amanda

olive oil gelato

Looking to make your diet more Mediterranean? Start with these 10 fish recipes.

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Rebecca June 4, 2014
olive oil gelato???? interesting...i would love to try that.

all of these recipes looks delicious.
Karie E. February 28, 2013
Tempting, tasty and good for you. Perfect!