The Easiest Greek Dishes To Make

Gyro with Greek salad | © jeffreyw/Flickr
Gyro with Greek salad | © jeffreyw/Flickr
Photo of Ethel Dilouambaka
30 December 2016

What’s for dinner? That is the dreaded classic question. Whether you are looking for inspiration or just for something different, here is a roundup of the easiest Greek dishes you could and should try to cook at home. Kali orexi.

Greek Salad

The easiest and quickest Greek dish you could make is the Greek salad, or horiatiki salata. Combining the best staple items of classic Greek cuisine, it is healthy, simple, and delicious. Combine fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, olives, and, of course, some olive oil, and you have the perfect side dish to your meal. As with any recipe, you can also add more ingredients of your choosing to suit your taste.

Greek Salad | © Curran Kelleher/Flickr


Tzatziki sauce can be used for virtually anything. You can eat it on a piece of bread or pita bread, with meat or white fish, as a salad dressing or even as a topping on baked potatoes. Quick and easy, it is something you can easily integrate into your cooking.


Fava or split pea purée is an all-time classic and very easy to master as well. It is a nutritious dish which can be enjoyed drizzled with olive oil and topped with raw onions and feta or simply bread. Fair warning, though: it is bound to become a favorite.

Fava | © Navin Rajagopalan/Flickr


Briam is a traditional Greek dish that is ridiculously easy to whip up. It is one of those recipes that truly shows how Greek cuisine uses simple ingredients and turns them into a mouthwatering meal. It provides a healthy dose of roasted vegetables, making it an excellent and fast dinner option.


Strapatsada (or kagianas) is an excellent breakfast dish you can make in less than ten minutes. Served with crumbled feta on buttered toast, strapatsada features scrambled eggs with tomatoes. Simple, quick, and finger-licking delicious.

Strapatsada | © Saintfevrier/WikiCommons


Comfort food at its best – giouvetsi, or youvetsi, is a traditional oven-baked, one-pot meal that involves Greek pasta (or orzo), tomato sauce, and meat, whether it’s beef, chicken or lamb. As with any one-pot dishes, most of the cooking time happens in the oven, so you will see that giouvetsi is a recipe easily prepared.


Stuffed grape vine leaves, also known as dolmades, are either served as an appetizer or a main course. And while there may be different ways to prepare them, the original recipe is to stuff the leaves with rice, herbs, and oftentimes meat. Why not pair them with a delicious tzatziki sauce?

Stuffed grape leaves | © Lesya Dolyk/Flickr


Fasolakia – stewed green beans – is a delicious one-pot dish where green beans are slowly cooked in tomato sauce. The result is tender green beans with a hint of sweetness in the sauce. The dish is easy and just requires time as the green beans need to cook for more than an hour. But once it’s done, crumble some feta cheese on top of your plate, and you’re good to go.


Tasty and healthy, spanakorizo is a dish that includes spinach and rice. Served with a good drizzling of olive oil and sprinkling of feta (or without if you want to make it vegan), spanakorizo is considered to be a main course, although it can be served as a side dish.

Greek Spinach & Rice | © Q Family/Flickr

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