So, you’re thinking about trying out the Mediterranean diet? First of all, great choice. With no rigid rules around cutting out macronutrients but an emphasis on eating more heart-healthy foods, this particular diet is one of the most sustainable ones around. But our favorite part about it is that the kind of ingredients it prioritizes allows for some seriously good eating. With rich tahini sauce, fruity olive oil, nutty whole grains, plenty of fish and eggs, and tons of fresh herbs and spices all getting two thumbs up, just imagine the meals you can make.
But if you’re still not sure where to begin or are simply overwhelmed by the options, here are 23 of our picks for the best—and simplest—Mediterranean diet recipes. Short of actually flying out to that sunny coastline, creating these dishes at home is the best way to kick off your new and improved lifestyle.