Menu Ideas for Hosting a Mediterranean Style Summer Party!

Dreaming of hosting a Mediterranean-inspired party this summer—but feeling a bit intimidated by the menu? Worry no more! We’ve done you the favor of sourcing a range of recipes from appetizers to desserts, featuring the always-fresh ingredients and the flavorful herbs and spices of this region’s renowned cuisine. Just writing up the brief descriptions for each menu item had us imagining every savory or sweet bite!

Mediterranean Style Summer Party Menu Ideas!

Mediterranean menu ideas from pasta to desserts

1 – Mediterranean Appetizer Platter – This delectable trio of dips includes Baba Ghanouj (roasted eggplant and tahini), Muhammara (roasted red peppers, walnuts, and pomegranates), and Hummus (chickpeas and tahini). Recipes via Zommpa.

2 – Turkey Meatballs with Herbed Yogurt Dipping Sauce – These tempting bites are a fascinating blend of flavors. As the source post describes, “The salty olives, capers and feta balance out the creamy lentils and ricotta and the snap of the herbs.” Yum! Recipe via The Kitchn

3 – Stuffed Mushrooms – Whole mushroom caps are stuffed with a spinach and bell pepper filling, then topped with panko (crunchy Japanese bread crumbs) and feta and parmesan cheese. Recipe via Aggie’s Kitchen

4 – Herb-marinated Red Onion and Bell Pepper Salad – This medley of the freshest salad greens, red onions, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, black olives, and feta cheese gets the added tang of an herbed marinade that includes dill and mint! Recipe via Simple Salad Recipes.net

5 – Bellini Sorbet – The bellini mix of peach puree and Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) is transformed into a deliciously refreshing sorbet! Recipe via Tutti Dolci

Mediterranean recipe ideas for a summer party from appetizers to desserts

6 – Greek-style Salad, Shrimp and Pasta – Here, salad shrimp is cooked with onions and tomatoes, lightly seasoned with herbs and spices, then tossed with freshly-cooked pasta. Recipe via Cooking Weekends

7 – Spinach and Feta Phyllo Triangles – A spinach-feta cheese filling is seasoned with onion, dill, and sea salt, stuffed into phyllo dough folded into triangles, then oven-baked to a golden crispiness! Note: These can be made ahead and frozen, then baked just before serving. Recipe via Spice Islands

8 – Fruit, Feta, and Spiced Almonds – A fascinating mix of flavors here! Minced orange zest is cooked with a spice blend of cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf, and star anise. It is then spread onto toasted brioches and topped with feta cheese, toasted almonds, and fresh thyme. Recipe via Kitchen Daily

9 – Greek Steak and Pesto Salad Gyros – Strips of steak are grilled or broiled, then layered atop pita bread along with home-made basil pesto, olive tapenade, sliced tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese. Divine! Recipe via Halfbaked Harvest

10 – Baklava with Wildflower Honey – This well-loved Greek phyllo-dough pastry is filled with chopped nuts and soaked in honey. In this case, wildflower honey is used—but regular honey will work just as well. Recipe via Cooking Light

Now, if this party menu doesn’t transport your guests to the sun-drenched Mediterranean, we don’t know what will! For more inspirational ideas, check out our posts:

Mediterranean Seafood BBQ Party Food
Mediterranean Tablescape Styling
Inspiration for a Mediterranean-style Picnic Spot

 

 

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