Appetizers

24 Modern and Popular Greek Appetizers

Impress your guests with these easy but tasty homemade Greek dishes

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated August 25, 2022

Bring the taste of Greece into your home with these delicious recipes for Greek appetizers.

Greek appetizers

Perfect for a family celebration or party, many of these dishes are vegetarian, and all are easy to make.

Greek food is often served together in what are traditionally called meze platters. The concept of a “meze” goes back in Ancient Greece and relates back to when restaurants and tavernas were not legally allowed to serve alcohol unless they also offered food.

Even today, if you vacation in Greece, you’ll often be presented with delicious plates of Greek food when you visit a taverna, whether you’ve ordered food or not!

You can easily recreate meze in your own home, and below you’ll find some of the tasty dishes that are often served for dinner or as part of a spread of Greek appetizers.

These include saganaki, spanakopita, and lots of yummy dips including feta, tzatziki, and hummus.

Greek appetizers recipe

01. Spanakopita

These melt-in-the-mouth phyllo dough pies will be a hit with the whole family. Made from delicate phyllo dough, filled with spinach and feta, you can serve spanakopita as an accompanying dish to your main course or as a snack at any time.

Build layers of the phyllo dough in a baking dish, brushing with olive oil for an extra dose of Mediterranean flavor.

And the filling is easy to make with spinach, feta, garlic, onion, and parsley, and requires no cooking before you add it to your pastry to bake.

02. Tzatziki

Follow this straightforward recipe and you’ll be left with a creamy and decadent traditional Greek dip. All you need is a few basic ingredients, and there’s no cooking or baking to do either!

Try to source proper Greek yogurt as this gives tzatziki sauce its deliciously creamy texture and taste.

Plus this dip is so versatile, that you can serve it with another Greek appetizer, such as meat skewers, or simply with some pita bread or a crusty baguette.

03. Saganaki Fried Greek Cheese

Every time I’ve been lucky enough to visit Greece, I always order this simple but yummy dish in a Greek restaurant.

And with this effortless recipe, you can make this cheesy appetizer with just 3 ingredients and in super quick time at home.

Simply fry the cheese in a skillet with a little flour and olive oil – make sure the cheese is at room temperature first so that the inside melts while the outside turns a lovely golden brown color. Serve with lemon juice and pita breads, or with a Greek salad – it’s your choice!

04. Greek Salad Skewers

A staple of Greek cuisine, why not try something a bit different with the fresh and tasty ingredients of a Greek salad?

Even younger family members will enjoy eating this healthy dish with its fun presentation!

Assemble some creamy feta, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes onto skewers. Try and source Greek Kalamata olives as the taste of these really complement the cheese and vegetables.

05. Greek Bruschetta

Impress your guests at your next dinner party with these colorful and bite-sized Greek appetizers. You can decide what to top the baguette slices with, or why not do a mixture?

All you need to do is mix some red onion, tomatoes, and cucumbers with some feta cheese and a dressing. Then, add either hummus or tzatziki to your bread before the salad topping – and that’s it!

06. Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Dip)

Give this smoky, flavorful eggplant salad dip a whirl and you won’t be disappointed!

If you can’t follow the traditional Greek recipe method of cooking the eggplant over an open fire, you can still achieve the smoky taste with a gas burner, grill, or broiler.

Mix the cooked eggplant with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and parsley. It’s then ready to serve with either pita bread, or as part of your main meal with meat or fish.

07. Phyllo-Wrapped Feta Cheese with Honey and Sesame Seeds

In just 5 minutes of prep time and with just 4 simple ingredients, you can create this yummy Greek appetizer.

Due to its salty and sweet taste, it’s the perfect Greek food for your family meals or parties.

Simply wrap blocks of feta cheese in sheets of delicate phyllo pastry. Bake until you have a lovely golden brown color and serve immediately, drizzling some raw honey and toasted sesame seeds over the top first.

08. Greek Cheesy Baked Feta Dip (Bouyourdi)

For a delicious dip that you can pair with warm pita breads or serve as part of a traditional Greek meze, follow this easy recipe.

All the ingredients are baked together in the oven, so once in, you can get on with any other chores or relax and put your feet up!

Feta and gouda cheeses are combined with tomatoes, peppers, and olive oil. You can season with dried or fresh oregano if you have some available, and as many crushed red pepper or chili flakes as you like depending on your spice preference.

09. Greek Yogurt Pitas

This simple but delicious recipe gives you a vegetarian-friendly Greek dish in just a few simple steps.

And it’s ideal for using up leftover pita bread – these are baked so if they’ve gone a little soft, this doesn’t matter.

Greek yogurt is mixed with a little feta cheese, and you can add mint or other fresh herbs for a more aromatic flavor. You then top the bread with the creamy mixture and bake, and you’ll know they’re ready when the edges of the pitas have just started to brown.

10. Greek Layer Dip

For a stunning centerpiece at your holiday parties, try creating this bright and colorful dip.

It uses different types of Greek food, meaning it’s packed full of flavor, and depending on how much time you have, you can use shop-bought hummus and tzatziki or make your own.

Use a large plate or platter and add the dips first. Then, assemble tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumbers, olives, onions, and mini peppers on top – to achieve the layered look, have each layer get a little smaller each time you add an ingredient.

11. Salad-Stuffed Cucumber Bites

There’s no cooking required in this delicious recipe.

So why not try these simple salad appetizers for your next party or bbq – you can make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Try making boat shapes with your cucumbers, or use a small variety, before topping with a mixture of feta, cherry tomatoes, onion, fresh herbs, and kalamata olives.

For an extra creamy filling, add a little mayonnaise or cream cheese too.

12. Tsoureki (Greek Bread)

This is one of those Greek recipes you should follow if you need appetizers for a Greek Easter celebration.

In easy-to-follow steps, you can make this beautiful and tasty bread for an Easter buffet.

The traditional Greek method is to create an aesthetically pleasing bread by shaping the dough into braids. The unique flavor is achieved by adding the mahlepi or mahleb spice, but you can put your own twist on it with your choice of spices and toppings.

13. Greek Meatballs (Keftedes)

For the meat lovers in your family, try making these tender and juicy traditional Greek meatballs.

You can opt for either beef or lamb and they’re an ideal size to just pop in the mouth as an appetizer.

If you’ve time, it’s best to let the meatballs chill in your refrigerator for an hour or so before cooking, as this will really enhance the flavors. And the recipe is for 24 – but this can easily be doubled or triple if you’ve got a large crowd to feed!

14. Cheesy Puff Pastry Twists

Who doesn’t like cheese and pastry?

Follow this Greek version of a pastry twist and the combination of these two ingredients creates a mouthwatering appetizer that you can serve with a dip or salad.

For ease and to save time, you can use ready-made puff pastry. And if you can’t source the kefalotyri cheese, parmesan is a good substitute that you should easily find in your grocery store.

15. Greek Meze Platter

To really involve yourself in Greek cuisine, the best way is to create a meze platter.

And the best thing is that the main ingredients can be anything you like – pick your favorite Greek appetizers and serve them together in a delicious feast.

Foods commonly served as part of a meze include Greek spinach pie, tzatziki, hummus, and meatballs.

Of course, don’t forget some warm pita bread and Greek salad staples such as black olives, tomatoes, feta cheese, and cucumbers.

16. Stuffed Calamari

Calamari or squid are often found in Greek recipes due to their versatility and light but wonderful texture.

Here you’re shown how you can easily stuff the fish and bake it in a rice and tomato-based sauce, giving you a fresh and tasty appetizer or main meal.

You can use frozen and already-cleaned calamari, which will save you time in the prep stages. And a top tip is to skewer each side of the squid with toothpicks so that the filling doesn’t spill out when your dish is in the oven

17. Greek Hummus

You can’t pick a more traditional Greek recipe than this one for hummus. And it’s naturally vegan so suits everyone, no matter what diet they follow.

Plus, this creamy dip is packed full of flavor and takes only minutes to make.

You can add as much garlic and seasoning as you like to suit your own taste, and thin the mixture with water until you reach your desired consistency.

18. Skordalia (Greek Potato and Garlic Dip)

Skordalia is a dip that packs a punchy flavor due to it being made with lots of raw garlic. This is added to cooked potatoes, salt, a little olive oil, and some red wine vinegar for a further tang.

You can serve this scrumptious dip with fried fish or vegetables, and it’ll last in your fridge for a week meaning it’s a good option to make ahead if you’re entertaining.

Remember, it’s best not served cold but at room temperature – so get it out of your chiller a little while before eating.

19. Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade (Spread)

You’ll find different versions of olive tapenade all over Greece.

It’s a salty, savory paste and the recipe here uses sun-dried tomatoes to add a touch of sweetness and extra depth to this appetizer.

All the ingredients are pulsed together in a food processor, so it’s super easy to make and there’s no prep or cooking time needed.

And, this versatile spread goes with lots of different food, including bread, salad, or fish dishes.

20. Mini Stuffed Bell Peppers

Colorful, packed full of flavor, and low-carb, these mini pepper appetizers will look great at your next dinner party.

And you can make this dish in advance and serve it cold, giving you more time to concentrate on other jobs.

Roasted mini bell peppers are stuffed with a cream cheese filling that contains onion, garlic, salt, and walnuts.

Why not add sriracha or jalapenos if you like an extra kick, or substitute the cream cheese for feta cheese and make these appetizers authentically Greek.

21. Greek Pinwheels

These cute and bright mini pastry delights will look the part at your Greek buffet, but they’re actually so easy to make.

You can use shop-bought puff pastry and ready-roasted red peppers and the look and taste are still fantastic.

Remember to pat your olives, peppers, and spinach down before adding to the dough, so it doesn’t get too soggy.

And, you can pre-make these pinwheels and freeze them for up to 30 days unbaked if you want to be really prepared for your party.

22. Crispy Zucchini Fritters

With just 5 main ingredients and 10 minutes of cooking time, you can quickly whip up these yummy fritters. So it’s the perfect recipe for you when you need an appetizer in a hurry!

Make sure that your frying oil is really hot before popping your zucchini mixture into your pan or skillet. Try serving your fritters with a Greek salad, or a dip such as tzatziki or skordalia.

23. Gourmet Marinated Olives

These marinated olives are the perfect accompaniment to any Greek meal, or something you can snack on whenever you like.

Once made, they’ll last for up to a month in your refrigerator, so see how many different occasions you can use them at during that time!

Try and buy a mixture of olives both in terms of type and color, as this will give you a colorful mixture of different flavors.

Add whatever seeds and herbs you prefer – but don’t add too much dried chili if you’re not a massive fan of spicy appetizers.

24. Dolmades (Greek Stuffed Grape Leaves)

You might have been to a party where there’s a table full of Greek food, and thought, what are those shiny, green rolls?

Well, these are dolmades, or grape leaves stuffed with a rice mixture, and they’re very tasty and suitable for vegans too.

The canned grape leaves available to buy can be on the small side, so if needs be, use 2 for each dolma that you roll.

And when it comes to herbs, the more the better – try using mint, parsley, dill, and coriander, and you won’t be disappointed by the delicious flavor.

24 Modern and Popular Greek Appetizers

Directions


  1. Select the tastiest Greek appetizers from our detailed list of recipes.

  2. Gather all the ingredients at home before your Greek dinner or celebration.

  3. Prepare the dishes, getting as much of the prep done in advance where you can.

  4. Serve to your family and friends, who will be wowed by your culinary skills!

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