It's no secret that Greek food is amongst some of the healthiest in the world. Greek cuisine usually consists of vegetables, olive oil, grains, and herbs and of course, wines. If you happen to be visiting on holiday, while completing an internship or simply visiting friends and family then ensure that you try some of the mouth-watering dishes below. We promise that you won't be disappointed.
First on the list: Tzatziki: a dish that is served cold, usually as an appetizer with bread or as a side dish. A yogurt made up of cucumbers, olive oil, dill, garlic, salt and mint or parsley make up the creamy dip. Tzatziki is a delicious accompaniment for most Greek dishes.
Next up is Gyro, which is a perfect lunch choice. It consists of warm pita bread, filled with tomatoes, onions, grilled meat and a splash of tzatziki. It's an excellent choice for midday day and for those who are on the move.
Moussakas is another particularly popular choice in Greece. The dish is created by just layering vegetables and meats, with sauce drizzled over which brings out the flavors. Fortunately, there is a huge variety of Moussakas. You will find the most common ones are made with cheese, potatoes, vegetables and slices of eggplant.
Dakos was likely invented for those who are left hungry and tucking into a salad. Dakos is a bread salad. It includes cucumbers, feta cheese, olives and chopped tomatoes. Envision all of those yummy ingredients sitting on top of slices of soaked dried bread. Many call this dish 'Greek's bruschetta.'
Of course, Greeks like to tuck into a dessert as well. In fact, there are many delicious Greek desserts that you should indulge in. Baklava is a traditional phyllo pastry dessert that entails many layers and honey with nuts. Many Greek desserts are perfect with a cup of coffee.
Aginaropita is less heard of but worth trying. This dish is a combination of leeks, green onions, baby artichokes and tasty Greek cheese. This cuisine is carefully baked to achieve a flaky, golden brown crust. The dish can be enjoyed on its own or to accompany other dishes.
Your Greek experience is not complete until you've tried the Mezes on offer. 'Mezes' is the name given to small dishes that are served as a meal. They are used to compliment many drinks including ouzo or wine. Mezes are a great meal that encourages conversation, laughter and of course sharing amongst friends and family. You will often see an array of Mezes on the table during social gatherings of any kind. While there are many kinds of mezes, it's usually dependent on the chef's choice. However, many meze dishes tend to include staples like hummus, tzatziki, afelia, baba ghanoush and muhammara.
So there you have it, a list of the very best Greek cuisines that you must try. Remember, Greek food is best enjoyed with friends and family, sharing is caring.