Mediterranean Mezze Platter

This easy to make Mediterranean mezze platter is the perfect party appetizer or a light meal for friends and family.

This easy to make Mediterranean mezze platter is the perfect party appetizer or a light meal for friends and family.

If you’re looking for a new dish to bring to your next potluck or dinner party, this Mediterranean Mezze Platter is the perfect solution. It’s loaded with fresh veggies and traditional Mediterranean flavors.

Sitting down to a delicious meal with family and friends is one of the best parts about life. If you are looking for an easy way to impress your guests, look no further than this Mediterranean mezze platter.

Mezze platters have been popular in Mediterranean countries for centuries, and they are still just as popular today!
This dish is perfect if you want something that is light but also filling at the same time.

It has many different flavors so it’s great for people who don’t eat meat or dairy products because there is plenty of variety on this plate!

Love your Mediterranean food, but don’t know how to make it? This post will give you some tips on what ingredients to use and how to put together a mezze platter. It’s easy!

This easy to make Mediterranean mezze platter is the perfect party appetizer or a light meal for friends and family.
This easy to make Mediterranean mezze platter is the perfect party appetizer or a light meal for friends and family.

What Is a Mezze Platter?

Mezze (pronounced “mez-zay”) is the Arabic word for “to taste.”

A Mezze platter is a dish full of a variety of appetizers meant to be shared with friends, similar to Tapas. They are popular in the Mediterranean region, especially amongst Greek and Middle Eastern cultures.

Mezze can often include various types of dips served with vegetables or bread, if not meat dishes as well.

As a group of small plates, Mezze typically vary as widely as the people who make them, but you’ll commonly find Middle Eastern appetizers such as hummus (chickpea), tabbouleh (wheat and parsley), baba ghanoush (eggplant) and sometimes meat dishes like kibbe or keftke.

Mezze platters can also be found in Turkish cuisine, which includes dishes like stuffed grape leaves (dolma) and ezme. Mezze platters are often served with a side of pita bread or a type of flatbread called lavash.

They are especially popular in Greece where they can feature items like dolmades and spanakopita.

This easy to make Mediterranean mezze platter is the perfect party appetizer or a light meal for friends and family.

Ideas for What To Include in a Mezze Platter

There are many different Mezze platters that you can put together, depending on your preferences.

A great mezze board will have at least 2 to 3 types of dips, such as hummus, baba ghanoush, and tapenade. You can make these dips yourself, or buy them premade.

Once you have your dips you want to fill up your platter with a variety of different flavours and textures. Here are some ideas:

Best Dips for Mezze

  • Hummus is a popular Mezze dish, made from pureed chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic and lemon juice.
  • Baba ghanoush is very similar to hummus but instead of chickpeas it’s made with eggplant. It’s a rich and creamy dish with a unique flavor.
  • Tzatziki is a Greek Mezze dish, made from yoghurt with cucumbers and garlic. It’s very refreshing and makes for a great dip with vegetables or chips.
  • Tapenade is a Mezze dish made with olives, capers, olive oil and sometimes anchovies. It can be a bit salty but tastes great with vegetables and bread.
  • White Bean Dip (also known as Cannellini Bean Dip) is a Mezze dish made with white beans, rosemary and olive oil. It tastes great with bread or vegetables like celery.
  • Htipiti (a Spicy Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Dip) is a Mezze dish also made with roasted red peppers and feta that tastes great with bread or vegetables.
  • Labneh is a dip made from strained yoghurt, often served with cucumbers or vegetables. It’s tangy and tastes great!

Best Fruit & Vegetables for Mezze

  • Grilled zucchini
  • Roasted or Grilled Eggplant
  • Red peppers
  • Celery
  • Marinated Olives
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Carrots
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Pomegranate
  • Figs
  • Grapes

Best Finger Foods for Mezze

  • Stuffed grape leaves (dolmades)
  • Falafel
  • Kibbeh
  • Kafta
  • Spanakopita
  • Feta Cheese
  • Cured meats
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Pickles

Best Breads for Mezze

  • Pita Bread
  • Lavash
  • Baguette
  • Crostini
This easy to make Mediterranean mezze platter is the perfect party appetizer or a light meal for friends and family.

How do you Put a Mezze Platter Together?

When it comes to assembling a Mezze platter you want to start by choosing a large board or platter to put your foods on, one that’s large enough for everything. You could even arrange it all on a counter top if necessary.

Next, arrange your Mezze in a pleasing manner and add items around the outside edge of the platter so they’re easily accessible. You want to avoid having too much in one area or your Mezze will look messy and unappetizing. Try starting with your dips and fill in between

Then think about what you want in each section of your Mezze platter. For example if you’re making a Mezze platter with dips, you might want two different kinds in the middle along with some bread off to the side for dipping.

You can put small Mezze dishes of things like olives or pickles around the outside edge of your Mezze platter.

If you’re making Mezze for a party, it’s helpful to have all the Mezze dishes laid out in advance, then place the ingredients where they should go when guests are ready to eat.

This easy to make Mediterranean mezze platter is the perfect party appetizer or a light meal for friends and family.

Tips for the Best Mezze Platter

  • Include at least 2 dips in your Mezze platter to offer a variety of flavour and texture.
  • Fill your Mezze platter with Mezze dishes that have a variety of colours and textures to make it look appetizing.
  • Feel free to purchase Mezze dishes if you want to make your Mezze platter easier and faster to put together.
  • For an authentic Mezze platter, choose Mezze dishes that are popular in Mediterranean countries like Turkey, Greece, Spain and Italy.
  • Make Mezze platters vegetarian by omitting cured meats and adding more appetizer-type Mezze, like stuffed grape leaves.
This easy to make Mediterranean mezze platter is the perfect party appetizer or a light meal for friends and family.

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This easy to make Mediterranean mezze platter is the perfect party appetizer or a light meal for friends and family.

How to Put Together a Mediterranean Mezze Platter

Yields: 4-6 Servings | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: n/a

Featured Ingredients:

Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Dip
Roasted Garlic Hummus
Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade
4 oz. sliced Feta cheese topped with extra virgin olive oil and chopped parsley
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
1 large red pepper, sliced
3 medium carrots, peeled
1 medium cucumber, sliced
1 lbs. red seedless grapes
1 small bunch radishes
1 medium pomegranate
4 oz. almonds
4 oz. pistachios
½ c. marinated olives (green and Kalamata shown)
Leaf lettuce (to make hummus and vegetable wraps)
Warm pita bread. May substitute gluten-free bread or crackers, if desired.

Directions:

  1. Select a convenient location to arrange your Mezze platter. This can be directly on the counter, and/or use an attractive and functional collection of cutting boards and/or serving platters as part of the composition.
  2. Transfer the roasted red pepper & Feta dip, hummus, sun-dried tomato tapenade, sliced Feta cheese, and marinated olives into individual serving bowls. Arrange these bowls in the area you’ve selected for the Mezze platter.
  3. Fill in around the serving bowls with the fruit, vegetables, and nuts to create an attractive display. Add the warm pita or other soft bread, if using, and serve immediately. Enjoy!
     
Mediterranean Mezze Platter

Mediterranean Mezze Platter

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This easy to make Mediterranean mezze platter is the perfect party appetizer or a light meal for friends and family.

Ingredients

  • Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Dip
  • Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade
  • 4 oz. sliced Feta cheese topped with extra virgin olive oil and chopped parsley
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 large red pepper, sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled
  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced
  • 1 lbs. red seedless grapes
  • 1 small bunch radishes
  • 1 medium pomegranate
  • 4 oz. almonds
  • 4 oz. pistachios
  • ½ c. marinated olives (green and Kalamata shown)
  • Leaf lettuce (to make hummus and vegetable wraps)
  • Warm pita bread. May substitute gluten-free bread or crackers, if desired.

Instructions

Select a convenient location to arrange your Mezze platter. This can be directly on the counter, and/or use an attractive and functional collection of cutting boards and/or serving platters as part of the composition.

Transfer the roasted red pepper & Feta dip, hummus, sun-dried tomato tapenade, sliced Feta cheese, and marinated olives into individual serving bowls. arrange these bowls in the area you’ve selected for the Mezze platter.

Fill in around the serving bowls with the fruit, vegetables, and nuts to create an attractive display. Add the warm pita or other soft bread, if using, and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 535Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 618mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 11gSugar: 32gProtein: 16g

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