Rather than creating one main meal for lunch or dinner, mezzes are a great way to experiment with different foods each night.
Just like tapas, they are small, designed for sharing with 2 or more guests, and are really easy to create on a limited time frame.
Lemon feta dip
Ingredients: Reduced-fat cream cheese, feta cheese, garlic, olive oil, lemon, red pepper flakes, chives
A simple dip is perfect for any mezze meal, especially if you have an abundance of bread on the table. Sprinkle some cracked black pepper, coriander and serve with a side of olives.
Ingredients: cucumber, olives, tomato, feta cheese, olive oil, red onion
Make this quick and easy summer salad which tastes fresh, and is ideal with red or white wine. Cucumber, olives, feta cheese, tomato and red capsicum with a splash of olive oil is the best way to treat your guests. No lettuce.
Grilled cheese jalapenos
Ingredients: jalapeno peppers, goat cheese, smoked paprika, ground cumin, garlic, sea salt
For those who like it spicy, these grilled jalapenos are the perfect starting dish. Slice in half, add some goats cheese with olive oil and cook until golden brown.
Ingredients: Red wine vinegar, lemon zest, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, octopus, olive oil, lemon juice
Prepare this delicious seafood dish which is so quick and easy! Simply wash the octopus, and carefully cut the tentacles into small pieces. Season, and grill until golden brown. Yum!
Ingredients: green lentils, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, fresh mint, parsley, lemon juice, cumin, allspice, black pepper
Finish off with this fresh and healthy lentil salad which everyone is sure to enjoy. It’s the perfect summer salad which won’t leave you feeling too full after a few too many servings.
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