Last month, I spent about two weeks exploring Greece and I’m still missing the food! I think trying local foods while on a trip is one of the best parts about travel. I was excited to try so much yumminess in Greece, and everything was so good. Here’s a look at some of my favorite foods I tried while on this adventure. You’ll now know which foods to try when visiting Greece in the future!
I’ll start with my favorite dish—Moussaka! I had never had Moussaka before visiting Greece, but when I had looked up what ingredients were included, it sounded really interesting to me. Basically, it reminds me of a pasta-less lasagna dish. There are versions with meat and vegetarian-friendly versions as well. What’s inside? Eggplant, potatoes, tomato sauce, and creamy bechamel sauce. One thing that I noticed that really stood out is this dish also has a touch of cinnamon to it. So, it’s really a savory dish with a dash of sweet, too! I tried different versions of this, but the one pictured above is also filled with beef!
Greek salads are something that I’ve always enjoyed. Tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, feta cheese, and olives make up this yummy and fresh dish. Oil and vinegar are served on the side for dressing. I was visiting in September and I can’t get over how fresh the tomatoes looked and tasted.
Domatokeftethes (Tomato Fritters)
Yum! I love tomatoes, so I was excited to try these. Tomato fritters are a popular appetizer island especially enjoyed on the island of Santorini. Served with a greek yogurt sauce, they’re the perfect light lunch or beginning to a bigger meal.
Maybe you’re like me and LOVE sweets. If so, I think you’ll enjoy loukoumades. I think of them as Greek donuts. They’re fried honey puffs coated and topped with different sweets — like syrup, almonds, and cinnamon. They were so delicious.
A trip to Greece would not be complete without some tzatziki! Greek yogurt, dill, lemon, and olive oil make up this yummy dip. This is often served as an appetizer on or on the side to enjoy with vegetable or meat dishes. I love tzatziki!
Another must-try dip is fava bean dip! When you think of Greece you assume hummus is the staple dip, right? Wrong! Fava dip is! It’s made with yellow split peas, onions, garlic, lemon, and olive oil. It was so creamy and addictive.
A visit to Greece wouldn’t be complete without a gyro, right?! I tried chicken and lamb gyros during my visit. When this arrived at my table at one restaurant I was shocked at how huge it was! It was delicious. Traditionally made with lamb, I also saw that chicken and pork gyros were quite common. Served in a pita with tomato, onion, shaved lettuce, tzatziki sauce, it’s the perfect lunch or quick snack. I also loved that potato pieces were served IN the gyro instead of on the side!
I hate quite a bit of salad while in Greece. Since I spent a few days in Santorini, I felt like I had to try a Santorini Salad, too. Caper leaves and capers are the stars of this dish.
Greek kebabs are another must-try dish to enjoy. The meat is very flavorful and is served alongside potatoes and tzatziki sauce. Yum!
I’m not quite sure the Greek word for this, but I’m going to include it anyway. After some googling and enjoying this dish so much, I’m going to assume it’s a version of vegetable pie. I had a busy day while exploring Athens and decided on a quick and fast lunch, so I stopped at a nearby bakery. This is the deliciousness that I chose and it was SO GOOD! I hope to try it again someday.
And there you have it, 10 foods to try when visiting Greece. I think you’ll find all of the food to be amazing, just like I did! 🙂