Healthy Greek

Tangy Lemon-Egg Soup with Tiny Meatballs
Photo: © Dana Gallagher

These amazing recipes include an arugula salad with olives, feta, and dill and a Greek-style vegetable risotto.

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Grilled Asparagus with Taramasalata

Grilled Asparagus with Taramasalata
© Nicole Franzen

Taramasalata is a Greek dip or spread made with salted fish roe, olive oil and bread (or sometimes potatoes). Chef Zoi Antonitsas's creamy version is a perfect accompaniment for grilled asparagus.

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Greek-Style Tomato Salad with Mint and Feta

Greek-Style Tomato Salad with Mint and Feta

A classic Greek salad has tomatoes and feta; this version by chef André Natera of Dallas's Fairmont Hotel also takes advantage of the mint and arugula that grow so well in his roof garden.

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Greek Fish Stew

Greek Fish Stew

"On the Greek island of Kalymnos, fishermen make a stew with shellfish, whole fish, lemon, onion and water," says Andrew Zimmern. "They eat it straight from the pot with their hands—no bowls. It tastes of sweat and iodine, but it is easily one of the best soups I've ever had. I make my version with halibut, throwing in mussels at the end."

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Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt

Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt
MARTIN MORRELL

This is Michael Psilakis's modern take on the traditional Greek combination of watermelon and feta cheese. It features the creamy yogurt he grew up eating in New York's Long Island: "My mom made it at home all the time, and we'd snack on it with honey after school."

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Roasted Sea Bass with Summer Squash

Roasted Sea Bass with Summer Squash
© Martin Morrell

"We had a boat when I was a kid, so fishing was a part of my youth," Michael Psilakis says. Here, he mixes ladolemono (lemon juice and olive oil) with mustard and yogurt to create a tangy, creamy sauce for succulent roasted fish and vegetables.

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Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice

Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice
© Yunhee Kim

Avgolemono is a classic sauce of chicken broth, egg yolks and lemon juice; the addition of a bit more chicken broth, rice and shredded chicken turns it into a satisfying soup.

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Greek Grilled Scallop Sandwiches

Greek Grilled Scallop Sandwiches
© Anna Williams

Michael Psilakis uses a grilled, sliced scallop as the "bread" in his playful version of a finger sandwich, filled with plums, prosciutto and pea tendrils and topped with Greek yogurt. He says, "It's English high tea meets crazy Greek chef."

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Arugula Salad with Olives, Feta and Dill

Arugula Salad with Olives, Feta and Dill
© Maura McEvoy

To jazz up arugula salad and give it a slightly Greek twist, Michael Symon tosses it with chopped fresh dill, briny Greek feta cheese and kalamata olives. He finishes the salad with extra-virgin Greek olive oil, which he says has a pure flavor and is generally more affordable than olive oil from Italy.

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Greek Salad Skewers with Anchovy Aioli

Greek Salad Skewers with Anchovy Aioli

For a playful presentation, slide a fat, flat slice of cucumber onto the bottom of each skewer so these hors d'oeuvres can stand upright on a serving platter.

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Chopped Greek Salad

Chopped Greek Salad

Michael Psilakis feels strongly about using dried Greek oregano to make this vinegary, feta-packed salad. Greek oregano, he claims, has a lovely floral fragrance that ordinary dried oregano doesn't. Look for it at specialty food markets.

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Greek-Style Vegetable Risotto

Greek-Style Vegetable Risotto
© Ditte Isager

This is a play on a Greek dish called spanakorizo that's popular during Lent because it's made without egg, cheese or meat. Michael Psilakis updates it with zucchini, arugula and peas. To make the dish richer (if less Lent-appropriate), he recommends topping the risotto with sharp goat cheese or grated Parmesan.

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin Salad

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Salad

Michael Psilakis describes this delicious dish as "like pork souvlaki tossed with a salad."

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Spaghetti with Cauliflower

Spaghetti with Cauliflower

For Michael Psilakis, macaronia ("pasta") has always meant chicken stewed with spaghetti, tomatoes, cinnamon, raisins and pine nuts. Those are the dominant ingredients here, except he's substituted chicken with cauliflower.

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Greek Kale Salad

Greek Kale Salad
© Tina Rupp

Packed with vitamin A, kale is tasty when it's blanched and tossed with a lemon–olive oil dressing and olives, good sources of healthy fat.

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Tangy Lemon-Egg Soup with Tiny Meatballs

Tangy Lemon-Egg Soup with Tiny Meatballs
© Dana Gallagher

With its blend of chicken stock and vitamin-C-rich lemon, this restorative soup (inspired by the classic Greek lemon-egg soup avgolemono) is a good way to fight colds or the flu.

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