Greek recipes have access to an abundance of fresh produce and spices such as oregano, thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, and, of course, olive oil. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and garlic are the staples for the delicious Greek Salad, always with fresh Feta cheese, olives, and oregano, and typically served with every meal. Tzatziki dip is made with yogurt, garlic, cucumber, olive oil, fresh dill, and lemon juice, which is either eaten on a slice of bread or served with grilled meat.
Potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, and spinach are ingredients in many savory dishes. Spanakopita (Spinach Pie) is a delightful mixture of feta cheese, spinach, dill, and onions baked in phyllo (filo) pastry until crispy and golden. The classic Moussaka is made with spiced meat (beef or lamb) cooked in tomato sauce and then layered with fried eggplant and bechamel sauce (a white sauce flavored with nutmeg).
Souvlaki is a famous dish with meat grilled on a skewer. It is specific to the region you’re in, and perhaps even specific to the restaurant! It can be served alone with pita bread on the side, or with the meat wrapped in the pita with onion, tomato, and tzatziki as the familiar Gyro sandwich. Dolmades are grape leaves stuffed with lemon-flavored rice, fresh herbs, and spices, boiled until melt-in-your-mouth tender, and topped with olive oil.