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Mediterranean appetizers rely on healthy whole food ingredients and natural flavors. They provide a tasty introduction to a meal with bold flavors and exciting ingredients that are satisfying in small amounts.
As with most Mediterranean recipes, nutritional value takes center stage. And nearly always a bit of healthy fat is included, providing balance for any sugar carbs that may be present. Indeed, the Mediterranean diet is all about balanced eating. Appetizers are no exception.
Typically Mediterranean appetizers are seasonal. You’ll often find recipes featuring ripe and fresh ingredients from the markets. As a result, most appetizers are made from ingredients that are currently in season. Ingredients like kale and cruciferous vegetables are popular in winter. So are citrus dishes with orange, lemon, lime, and tangerine. Likewise, berries, asparagus, and artichokes take center stage in spring. In summer, stone and tomatoes are prevalent. Fresh melon also pairs beautifully with ricotta and honey. Fall brings pomegranates and grapes. All dishes in the Mediterranean tend to be colorful and fresh.
Many Mediterranean appetizers also feature nuts, cheese, and olive oil. Healthy fats are encouraged in the Mediterranean diet. Nutritionally speaking, that’s a good thing. Having a healthy fat in the mix, especially when consuming any sugar carbs, can help to keep blood sugar from spiking too rapidly.
In this collection, you’ll find some unique and delicious Mediterranean appetizers. They’re sure to start your healthy Mediterranean meal on an exciting note!