Mezze Mediterranean Dish

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When hosting a party, I serve a variety of appetizers including baked raspberry brie, bacon-wrapped shrimp, and this fresh, colorful mezze platter.

One of my favorite local restaurants serves a mezze platter on their snack menu, and I have to order it every time I go there. It is the most delicious combination of grilled pita bread, hummus, olives, yogurt and cheese sauce. Now I make my own plate of samples for each meeting, and people go crazy for it!

What does mezze platter mean?

The word "meze" refers to a flavor or a snack, and is similar to tapas served in Spain. A mezze platter contains a variety of foods that are often served as appetizers in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines.

How do you make a plate of mezze?

Arrange a variety of sauces, cheeses, olives, raw vegetables, and pita bread triangles in a large platter. You can use store-bought items like hummus, dolmas, and tabbouleh, or make your own Mediterranean delicacies. Garnish the platter with fresh herbs, then cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours, or serve immediately.

Tips for a perfect dish

  • I like to include at least 2 sauces, some of the most popular options include hummus, baba ganoush, tzatziki, feta cheese sauce or muhammara. Add a drizzle of olive oil over your sauces along with a pinch of fresh parsley for added flavor and color.
  • The most popular cheese for a mezze plate is feta cheese. I like to go a step further by marinating cubes of feta cheese in olive oil, chopped red pepper flakes and parsley.
  • Fresh vegetables add color and crisp. Cucumbers and tomatoes are typical additions, but other great options include radishes, red peppers, and baby carrots.
  • Feel free to buy premade dolmas, or you can make your own.
  • Many of the components of the dish, including dolmas, hummus, tabbouleh and baba ganoush, can be prepared up to 2 days in advance. If you don't want to make your own sauces and salads, you can buy them in the deli area of ​​the grocery store.
  • Take a look at the olive bar at your local supermarket and choose a variety of black and green olives in different sizes and shapes.

Mediterranean tapas ideas

While most tapas dishes include basics like pita bread and hummus, you can add any Mediterranean-themed ingredient to your snack offering.

  • Fresh fruit such as orange slices, halved figs, pomegranates, or grapes.
  • Grilled vegetables such as artichokes, aubergines, zucchini, or peppers.
  • Cured meats such as ham or salami.
  • Pickled vegetables such as garlic cloves, asparagus, or green beans.
  • Walnuts such as pistachios, almonds, or walnuts.
  • Dippers like bread sticks, crackers, or pita chips.
  • More hearty food, including meatballs or falafel.

You just can't go wrong with a mezze platter. They are easy to make, they look beautiful and there is something for everyone!

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  • Fried wontons
  • Shrimp with coconut
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Mezze Platter Video

Mezze plate

This mezze platter is a variety of snack options including salads, cheeses, olives, hummus, pita bread, and vegetables, all prepared as a hearty appetizer dish to serve a crowd. A simple but impressive offer that always receives great reviews.

Mediterranean cuisine

Preparation time 20 minutes Cook time 5 minutes Total time 25 minutes

Servings 8 Calories 238kcal


  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought hummus
  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought tzatziki
  • 3 rounds of pita bread
  • 1 cup fresh vegetables like cucumbers or cherry tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup mixed olives
  • 1/2 cup diced feta cheese
  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought tabbouleh
  • 8 homemade or store-bought dolmas
  • 4 teaspoons divided use olive oil
  • 1 cup of roasted or broiled vegetables, such as red bell peppers or artichokes
  • fresh herbs for garnish


  • Brush 2 teaspoons of olive oil on both sides of the pita bread. Heat the pita bread to 400 degrees F or on a grill for 3-5 minutes or until heated through. Cut each pita into eighths.
  • Place pita bread, hummus, tzatziki, fresh and roasted vegetables, olives, feta cheese, tabouleh, and dolmas in a larger platter.
  • Drizzle the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil over the hummus and tzatziki. Decorate the platter with fresh herbs, then serve.


Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 7 g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 369 mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 147 IU | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1 mg


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