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25 Greek Side Dishes That Will Elevate Your Dinner Menu

Greek dishes are vibrant, flavorful, and super nutritious — complimenting your mains in a way that highlights their unique flavor profiles and textures. Want to whip up something new for your 4-course dinner menu?

Try these easy-to-make, no-fuss Greek side dishes, ranging from Gigantes plaki to greek lemon rice, to elevate any meal. Made with the freshest ingredients and aromatic seasonings, these dishes are sure to delight your taste buds!

#1. Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce

This creamy sauce made with thick strained Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, fresh dill, and olive oil makes for the perfect accompaniment to any main dish. You can enjoy this deliciously tangy spread over some pita bread, serve it with pita chips for dipping, use it as a spread for sandwiches, or as a dressing for grilled meats and veggies.

#2. Baked Okra and Tomatoes – Greek Bamies

This nutritious dish calls for flavoring okra and tomatoes with red onions, fresh herbs, and some red wine vinegar to create a yummy veggie side dish. If you find okra’s gluey substance off-putting, soak the okra in vinegar for 30 minutes before cooking. It’ll keep the okra nice and firm and retain some crispness. Perfect to pair with Greek roast chicken!

#3. Briam: Traditional Greek Roasted Vegetables

Thinly sliced potatoes, tomatoes, red onions, and zucchini seasoned with traditional Greek flavors of fresh garlic, parsley, and EVOO — that’s the stuff of dreams. Once the veggies are thoroughly seasoned, place the dish in the oven and roast to tender perfection. Serve this low-carb, vegan side dish with lamb or fish for a whole new level of deliciousness!

#4. Chickpea Fritters (Revithokeftedes)

Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, these flavorful Revithokeftedes are everything you’d want in an appetizer, and then some. Make the fritters with boiled chickpeas, garlic, onion, and various seasonings, and serve with a delicious minty yogurt sauce. It can work as a great accompaniment to any light meal.

#5. Couscous Salad

This delicious side dish combines tender couscous with tomatoes and olives to create a rich, zesty, and colorful side dish, made all the more appetizing with the addition of crumbled feta cheese. Serve it alongside potato salad or pesto salad with chicken to round up a filling meal.

#6. Creamy Vegan Greek Lemon Rice Soup (Avgolemono)

Comfort food at its finest, make this creamy Greek soup with brown jasmine rice, nutritional yeast, vegetable stock, and veggies. Once the soup is ready, stir in a delicious miso tahini lemon sauce. Add fresh parsley or dill and serve immediately. It pairs beautifully with shrimp or Greek baked cod.

#7. Crispy Greek Oven Roasted Potatoes

Crispy roasted potatoes flavored with a wonderful Greek seasoning blend consisting of dried oregano, minced onion, thyme leaves, black pepper, garlic powder, dried marjoram, and dried basil — that’s how you transform plain potatoes into a dish that will have everyone craving seconds! Serve hot with any meat dish and enjoy.

#8. Easy Greek Pasta Salad

This pasta salad will change your opinion of the dreary pasta salads you get when you’re short on time. To make, toss juicy grape tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, pasta, feta cheese, and olives in a Greek dressing and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Perfect for barbeques, you can also prepare it ahead of time.

#9. Fried Feta with Honey and Sesame Seeds

This recipe yields the perfect flavor contrast of sweet and salty. All you have to do is dip feta cheese in egg, coat it with a mixture of flour, pepper, and paprika before rolling it in sesame seeds, and fry until crisp. Drizzle it with a sweet honey sauce and serve with a leafy salad and a glass of chilled wine to enjoy.

#10. Gigantes Plaki

To make this delicious side dish, cook large and tender white beans in a rich tomato-based sauce with plenty of fresh herbs — it’s big on both health and flavor. It also goes well with a variety of main courses. If there’s one recipe that can convince you to go vegetarian, we’re positive it is this one.

#11. Greek Broccoli Salad

This vibrant, healthy salad recipe is made with broccoli, shallots, olive oils, and almonds, as well as sun-dried tomatoes and feta or kalamata olives. Pair this simple salad bursting with Greek flavors with a light main dish such as fish or chicken for a healthy meal!

#12. Greek Chickpea Salad

A protein-packed side dish, this Greek chickpea salad is a healthy way to experience all of the delicious fresh Mediterranean flavors. To make, toss chickpeas, cucumber, feta cheese, kalamata olives, purple onions, and tomatoes with a light, tangy lemon dressing and serve.

#13. Greek Cucumber Salad

This light salad with chunky cucumbers and marinated red onions is tossed in a tangy and fresh Greek yogurt dressing made with lemon juice, garlic, dill, and Greek yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then serve right away or chill for 30 minutes for a chilled and refreshing side dish.

#14. Greek Fava (Yellow Split Pea Dip)

If you love hummus, this traditional Greek dip is a citrusy, creamy, rich, and more delicious version of the popular dip! It’s made by cooking fava beans with red onion, garlic, olive oil, and a few seasonings, then pureeing them with olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Serve with some pita bread for the perfect side for a hearty meal.

#15. Greek Lemon Rice (Pilaf)

In just 30 minutes, you can have a vibrant and savory side dish made with rice, fresh lemon, sautéed onions, garlic, chicken/vegetable broth, and herbs. This refreshing dish is perfect for days when you crave a taste of the Mediterranean. To enjoy, serve topped with extra lemon drops, crumbled feta cheese, and/or unsalted butter.

#16. Greek Salad

This Greek salad is full of beautiful colors, wonderful textures, and irresistible flavors. Combine sweet juicy tomatoes, crunchy bell peppers, crispy cucumbers, creamy feta cheese, fresh herbs, Kalamata olives, refreshing mint leaves, and red onion with a simple balsamic and rice vinegar dressing — this is a salad everyone will love!

#17. Greek Tomato Fritters

Domatokeftedes, or Greek tomato fritters, are made with sweet tomatoes, onions, cinnamon, sugar, and herbs mixed with self-rising flour and fried to crispy, golden-brown perfection to create a dish that’s practically bursting with flavors. Serve them with creamy cashew sour cream or Greek-style dairy-free yogurt for the complete Greek food experience.

#18. Kolokithokeftedes (Fried Zucchini/Courgette Balls)

Kolokithokeftedes, one of the most popular Greek side dishes, are delicious fried balls made with grated zucchini, feta cheese, and fresh mint and dill to deliver a dish that features vibrant textures and flavors in every bite. Serve them with a Greek salad or tzatziki to round up any meal of the day!

#19. Manestra – Greek Orzo with Tomato Sauce

Manestra is similar to risotto, but instead of butter and rice, it uses olive oil and orzo pasta. It is cooked in a delicious tomato sauce made of fresh tomatoes and tomato paste and served with meat-based mains like lamb, chicken, pork, or beef for a filling, satisfying dinner.

#20. Parmesan Lemon Orzo

This fresh, creamy side dish can be made in just 20 minutes — how’s that for a perfect Greek side dish to elevate your dinner menu? Make it with orzo, butter, garlic, lemon juice and zest, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese, and serve with Greek lemon chicken or Peruvian chicken for a hearty meal.

#21. Roasted Greek Asparagus with Dill and Feta

Bright and tender asparagus sauteed with avocado, kosher salt, and black pepper is topped with fresh dill, feta cheese, and lemon zest — this simple roasted vegetable dish is easy to make and full of flavor. Pair it with a roast or pie for a healthy, filling meal.

#22. Skordalia (Greek Garlic and Potato Spread)

This ultimate rich, creamy, and garlicky dip is made by blending garlic, crushed almonds, and lemon juice/wine vinegar until smooth, then adding mashed potatoes and a generous drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with warm pita or bread, or your favorite chips, crackers, or biscuits for dipping.

#23. Spanakorizo – Greek Spinach Rice

This delectable side dish, made with rice, spinach, onions, garlic, and olive oil seasoned with fresh dill, chives, and lemon juice, can be served with fish, chicken, or lamb dishes. It’s an aromatic, healthy, scrumptious recipe that will be a hit with both kids and adults!

#24. Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

To make this buttery, crispy, flaky delight, layer a creamy filling made of fresh spinach, feta cheese, scallions, sesame, onions, herbs, spices, and eggs between filo pastries. It will take some time and effort, but once baked to golden-brown perfection, this dish will have you salivating!

#25. Rainbow Chard With Olive Oil and Lemon Juice

A simple yet delicious recipe to get your greens in! All you have to do is blanch your rainbow chard until soft and tender and then dress it with copious amounts of olive oil, some salt to taste, and a squeeze of lemon. Serve this humble side dish with a hearty lamb roast for a filling meal!

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.