3 Recipes to Make You Fall in Love With the Mediterranean Diet All Over Again
March 15, 2017
Citrus Salad With Greek Yogurt
1 ruby red grapefruit, segmented with its juices
1 Cara Cara or other navel orange, segmented with its juices
1 key lime, segmented with its juices
16 oz. Greek yogurt
Fresh ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. honey
8 mint leaves roughly chopped
Combine the grapefruit, orange, and lime segments and their juices in a bowl.
Spoon the yogurt into each of four dessert bowls.
Divide the citrus mixture and juice among them and season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle the honey over and garnish with the mint.
Cucumber Yogurt Dip With Crudités and Warm Pita
Serves: 4 to 6
Cucumber dip (tzatziki)
Makes: 5 ½ cups
3 cloves garlic, peeled
½ cup white vinegar or white wine vinegar
4 cups Greek yogurt
1 large English cucumber, ends trimmed, peeled, and halved lengthwise, seeds discarded and flesh cut into ¼-inch dice
3 Tbsp. loosely packed chopped fresh dill
2 tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
Combine garlic and vinegar in a blender and puree until smooth.
Combine the yogurt and garlicky vinegar in a bowl. Using a whisk, gently work the liquid into the yogurt until it is fully incorporated.
Fold in the cucumbers, dill, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid. (The dip will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.)
NOTE: Be sure to remove all of the seeds from the cucumber; they release water, which will make the dip too loose.
Crudités and warm pita
2 rounds whole wheat pita
1½ cups Cucumber Yogurt Dip (see above)
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Pinch fresh ground black pepper
2 pounds mixed fresh vegetables such as carrots, celery, broccoli, grape tomatoes, and peppers, cut into matchsticks or bite-sized pieces
Warm the pitas in a microwave or toaster for a crunchier texture. Alternatively, to add a smoky flavor, place directly over a gas flame until very lightly charred in places. Flip over and repeat on the other side. Stack the pitas on top of each other and cut into eighths.
Put the dip into a serving bowl, drizzle the olive oil on top, and season with the pepper. Serve with the vegetables and pita.
Line a small tray with parchment paper and rub it all over with olive oil.
Combine the milk with ¼ cup water in a large shallow bowl. Add the bread, using your hands to soak it. Squeeze out any excess liquid.
Combine the bread, turkey, and garlic puree in a medium bowl. Mix with your hands until just combined. Handle it as little as possible. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ½-inch-thick patty, place on the tray, and rub olive oil over each.
Preheat a gas grill or grill pan over medium heat. Season both sides of each patty with salt and pepper, then grill until soft to the touch for burgers that are just cooked through.
Spread the dip on 4 of the English muffin halves. Top with a patty followed by a squeeze of lemon juice, 2 slices of tomato, red onion, arugula, herbs, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and the muffin top.