Summer is the ideal season for enjoying grilled Greek foods. There’s something wonderful about sharing a delicious grilled meal outdoors with friends or family! Greek cuisine also offers many delicious meal options you can eat during this time of year. Here are some of the Greek foods that you can enjoy grilling this season.
Souvlaki is a popular Greek dish that is made from small pieces of meat that are grilled on a skewer. Sometimes vegetables are added along with the meat. Meat used to make Greek souvlaki is typically pork, but lamb, chicken, and beef are also used. This dish can be eaten on its own, usually right off the grill while still hot, but can also be enjoyed with lemon, fried potatoes, sauces, or pita bread.
This dish also pairs especially well with tzatziki. This versatile grilled Greek dish is perfect for enjoying during the summer months when you want something quick to make. If you enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, a light to medium-bodied red wine is your best choice.
Grilled lamb is another delicious Greek food you can enjoy this summer. Marinated leg of lamb is the perfect option for a summer get together with family and friends. Lamb can also be roasted on a spit or sliced and grilled as lamb chops. When roasted on a spit, you can prepare potatoes and onions underneath, which allows the juices to drip onto them adding to their flavor. Grilled lamb pairs well with Greek potato salad.
Grilled lamb can also be served with Kalamata olives or tzatziki sauce. Tzatziki sauce is made with yogurt, drained cucumber, olive oil, herbs, lemon juice, and garlic. It’s a refreshing addition to this summer meal. Stuffed grape leaves and lemon garlic butter roasted potatoes are sides that go well with grilled lamb.
If you’re a fan of chicken, Greek-style grilled lemon chicken is an ideal option for a summer meal. The lemon, oregano, scallions, and olive oil will delight your taste buds. You can use a marinade that is made of olive oil dressing and lemon before you grill the chicken. Grilled chicken pairs well with Greek salad that is made with cucumber, red onion, bell pepper, plum tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese. Grilled chicken also goes well with a grilled zucchini salad or grilled mushrooms.
Seasonal Greek vegetables are not only delicious, but they are perfect for grilling. Grilled zucchini, corn, and other vegetables make a tasty side to any Greek summer meal. Eggplant, bell peppers, squash, onions, and mushrooms can also be grilled and used as side dishes or main dishes. Garlic, lemon, and olive oil will add to the flavor of this dish. Other Greek vegetables that can be grilled include eggplant and asparagus. It might surprise you to know that you can even grill tomatoes.
Greek grilled potatoes are made with lemon juice, olive oil, Greek seasoning, and garlic. These potatoes can be enjoyed as a meal on their own with a side dish of other grilled vegetables used as a side and paired with grilled meat.
When you want to eat outdoors, grilling is the way to go. These Greek foods offer the perfect choices!