The robust flavors of Mediterranean cooking are perfect for summer entertaining, and you don't have to fly all the way to Europe to experience it. Just throw a dinner party this summer that will have everyone imagining they're in Italy, Greece, Turkey, or an exotic island in the Mediterranean. Our slideshow of recipes includes classic dishes as well as a few new takes. You can make wonderful grilled fish, steak, lamb, chicken and vegetables as well as put together an amazing antipasti platter or mezze tray to delight your family and friends. Check out the slideshow below to get the recipes!

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  • Sea Bass With Tomato And Black Olive Salsa

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sea-bass-with-tomato-and-_n_1058674.html" target="_hplink">Sea Bass with Tomato and Black Olive Salsa recipe</a></strong> Olives, grape tomatoes, basil, dill and red chile make up the salsa that tops this simple fish dinner. The bass is rubbed with olive oil and lemon juice before being seared to perfection.

  • Grilled Lamb Chops With Roasted Garlic

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-lamb-chops-with-r_n_1058451.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Lamb Chops with Roasted Garlic recipe</a></strong> Rosemary, thyme and a little cumin in the marinade lend an earthy flavor to the lamb. Grill the loin chops just until medium-rare and serve with roasted garlic. You could also make this recipe with rib chops.

  • Antipasto Chicken Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/antipasto-chicken-salad_n_1058196.html" target="_hplink">Antipasto Chicken Salad recipe</a></strong> This recipe takes all the typical ingredients of an antipasti platter like mozzarella, roasted peppers and peperoncini, and combines them with pasta and chicken. Use any leftover chicken (we recommend the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/fennel-garlic-chicken-leg_n_1058386.html" target="_hplink">fennel-garlic chicken legs</a>).

  • Goat Cheese Phyllo Stack With Crushed Olives

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/goat-cheese-phyllo-stack-_n_1057592.html" target="_hplink">Goat Cheese Phyllo Stack with Crushed Olives recipe</a></strong> Inspired by the Greek dish spanikopita, which layers sauteed spinach and feta between phyllo pastry, this recipe layers goat cheese, tomatoes and crushed olives between the phyllo. Bake and serve immediately as a first course.

  • Greek Salad With Tomatoes, Olives And Feta

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/greek-salad-with-tomatoes_n_1057126.html" target="_hplink">Greek Salad with Tomatoes, Olives and Feta recipe</a></strong> Greek salad typically has no lettuce. It's just cucumbers, tomatoes, Kalamata olives, onions and feta cheese. It's dressed with olive oil and a dusting of dried oregano.

  • Goat Cheese-Stuffed Grape Leaves

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/goat-cheese-stuffed-grape_n_1058417.html" target="_hplink">Goat Cheese-Stuffed Grape Leaves recipe</a></strong> Inspired by rice-stuffed grape leaves from Greece and Turkey, this recipe has grape leaves stuffed with goat cheese. The little appetizer packets then get grilled so the cheese melts.

  • White-Bean-And-Pancetta Pizza

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-bean-and-pancetta-p_n_1058791.html" target="_hplink">White-Bean-and-Pancetta Pizza recipe</a></strong> These individual size pizzas are made on pitas instead of pizza dough. The toppings include fontina cheese, rosemary, mashed white beans, and crisp pancetta.

  • Roast Lobster With Breadcrumbs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/13/roast-lobster-with-breadc_n_1146745.html" target="_hplink">Roast Lobster with Breadcrumbs recipe</a></strong> Roasting lobsters can dry them out, but there's a Sardinian secret to keep this from happening -- breadcrumbs. Spread the lobster halves with a mixture of toasted breadcrumbs, garlic, anchovy, parsley and Marsala wine and bake at maximum heat.

  • Roasted Eggplant Dip

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/roasted-eggplant-dip_n_1059875.html" target="_hplink">Roasted Eggplant Dip recipe</a></strong> Called melitzanosalata in Greek, eggplant dip is a mainstay on Mediterranean appetizer platters. Make it easily at home and serve with pita chips.

  • Eggplant Relish

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/eggplant-relish_n_1058376.html" target="_hplink">Eggplant Relish recipe</a></strong> Based on Sicilian caponata, this relish combines eggplant, tomato, celery, garlic and shallot. It's all easily sauteed until the vegetables are tender. Serve as an appetizer with bread or as a side dish.

  • Greek Salad Sandwiches

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/greek-salad-sandwiches_n_1058423.html" target="_hplink">Greek Salad Sandwiches recipe</a></strong> This recipe takes Greek salad out of the bowl and puts it on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/ladopsomo-bread_n_1058512.html" target="_hplink">ladopsomo bread</a>, which is a Greek fry-bread. Or serve it on pitas.

  • Grilled Eggplant And Tomato Stacks

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-eggplant--tomato_n_1062182.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Stacks recipe</a></strong> This beautiful appetizer takes little cooking and assembly so it's easy to make. A grilled eggplant round is spread with pesto and topped with sliced fresh tomato and sliced mozzarella. Drizzle with good-quality balsamic vinegar.

  • Grilled Garlic-And-Herb Flatbreads

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-garlic-and-herb-f_n_1057432.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Garlic-and-Herb Flatbreads recipe</a></strong> Making your own bread at home is an exciting venture. This flatbread recipe requires only one rising, so it comes together quicker than most other breads. Grill the dough while brushing with herb oil.

  • Grilled Antipasto With Soprano Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-antipasto-with-so_n_1058002.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Antipasto with Soprano Sauce recipe</a></strong> Antipasti is the Italian equivalent of appetizers and it usually is a platter of olives, vegetables, cheeses and meats. This recipe is all about the grilled vegetables. Use whatever is in season and serve them brushed with briny soprano sauce.

  • Grilled Rump Roast Steaks With Balsamic Arugula

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-rump-roast-steaks_n_1056838.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Rump Roast Steaks with Balsamic Arugula recipe</a></strong> Not just for pot roasts, rump roast is a very flavorful and budget-friendly cut of beef that does well on the grill as a steak. Serve it with arugula tossed with a simple balsamic vinaigrette.

  • Grilled Artichokes With Green Olive Dip

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-artichokes-with-g_n_1059920.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Artichokes with Green Olive Dip recipe</a></strong> To ensure the artichokes are absolutely tender, boil them first. Then grill them until they are slightly charred. Serve with olive dip.

  • Greek-Style Pork Tenderloin With Tzatziki In Pita

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/greek-style-pork-tenderlo_n_1056912.html" target="_hplink">Greek-Style Pork Tenderloin with Tzatziki in Pita recipe</a></strong> This recipe is a simpler take on the Greek gyro sandwich using lean pork tenderloin. Cut the meat into pieces and broil until done. Serve with tzatziki (cucumber sauce) and pita.

  • Pan-Fried Scamorza With Arugula Salad And Two Pestos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pan-fried-scamorza-with-a_n_1058593.html" target="_hplink">Pan-Fried Scamorza with Arugula Salad and Two Pestos recipe</a></strong> The Italian cheese scamorza holds up well to heat, turning golden brown when seared in a pan. This recipe pairs it with an arugula pesto and a sun-dried tomato pesto.

  • Ladopsomo Bread

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/ladopsomo-bread_n_1058512.html" target="_hplink">Ladopsomo Bread recipe</a></strong> This risen fry-bread is a Greek classic. Serve it as a snack, appetizer, or alongside dinner. Try it with our <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/greek-salad-sandwiches_n_1058423.html" target="_hplink">Greek Salad Sandwich</a>.

  • Turkish Lamb Pita Burgers

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/turkish-lamb-pita-burgers_n_1056036.html" target="_hplink">Turkish Lamb Pita Burgers recipe</a></strong> Make these burgers from a combination of lean turkey, flavorful lamb and bulgur wheat. Choose to shape them as patties or little meatballs. Grill or broil and serve in pita pockets for the perfect Turkish burger.

  • Lemon-Stuffed Grilled Branzino

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lemon-stuffed-grilled-bra_n_1058522.html" target="_hplink">Lemon-Stuffed Grilled Branzino recipe</a></strong> This grilled fish recipe couldn't be any simpler. Branzino, a European type of sea bass, is stuffed with lemon and then grilled until the skin is crisp and flesh tender. If you can't find branzino, substitute red snapper.

  • Greek-Style Leg Of Lamb

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/greek-style-leg-of-lamb_n_1058424.html" target="_hplink">Greek-Style Leg of Lamb recipe</a> </strong> You need no more than a few Mediterranean ingredients (olive oil, onion, garlic, dill, lemon juice and zest, and oregano) to flavor this boneless leg of lamb before grilling. It's ideal for a large family gathering.

  • Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables On A Cheese Crust

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-mediterranean-veg_n_1057554.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables on a Cheese Crust recipe</a></strong> This unique Mediterranean dish starts with broiling peppers, eggplant and tomatoes until blackened. The vegetables are served over pita bread with broiled goat cheese. Drizzle with basil oil.

  • Olive And Garlic Tapenade Crostini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/olive-and-garlic-tapenade_n_1059869.html" target="_hplink">Olive and Garlic Tapenade Crostini recipe</a></strong> Making olive tapenade yourself is easy and it tastes much better than store-bought. For this recipe, all the ingredients get whizzed up in a food processor. Serve the tapenade on grilled crostini.

  • Roast Cod With Burst Cherry Tomatoes, Olives And Capers

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/roast-cod-with-burst-cher_n_1057689.html" target="_hplink">Roast Cod with Burst Cherry Tomatoes, Olives and Capers recipe</a></strong> Any firm white-fleshed fish, such as cod or halibut works well in this recipe. Cherry tomatoes, olives, and capers roast along with the fish, creating a flavorful jus.

  • Hot Fast-Roast Chicken And Eggplant On Greens

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/hot-fast-roast-chicken-an_n_1057546.html" target="_hplink">Hot Fast-Roast Chicken and Eggplant on Greens recipe</a> </strong> In this recipe, the chicken is flattened (or spatchcocked) and roasted at high heat on top of a layer of eggplant. Serve over arugula dressed simply with lemon juice.

  • White Bean Panzanella Salad With Tomato Dressing

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-bean-panzanella-sal_n_1057612.html" target="_hplink">White Bean Panzanella Salad with Tomato Dressing recipe</a></strong> Panzanella is a Tuscan salad designed to use up stale leftover bread. This recipe, however, uses fresh ciabatta bread, which is fried in oil like croutons. The dry bread soaks up the tomato dressing better.

  • Shrimp-And-Feta-Stuffed Zucchini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/shrimp-and-feta-stuffed-z_n_1058681.html" target="_hplink">Shrimp-and-Feta-Stuffed Zucchini recipe</a></strong> For this recipe, stuff each hollowed out zucchini half with a filling of sauteed vegetables and shrimp. Roast until tender, then add the feta and broil until melted.

  • Prosciutto And Goat Cheese Bruschetta

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/prosciutto--goat-cheese-_n_1055156.html" target="_hplink">Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Bruschetta recipe</a></strong> Bruschetta is an Italian word that means toasted bread. In this recipe, toasted country bread slices are topped with goat cheese and prosciutto. Serve with spinach and lentil salad either on top or on the side.

  • Grilled Lamb Chops With Ladolemono

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-lamb-chops-with-l_n_1058450.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Lamb Chops with Ladolemono recipe</a></strong> Dress fish and meats, like chicken, lamb or beef with this versatile Greek sauce called ladolemono. It's simply made with lemon juice, mustard, oregano and olive oil.

  • White Butter Bean, Feta And Za'atar Spread

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-butter-bean-feta-a_n_1061213.html" target="_hplink">White Butter Bean, Feta and Za'atar Spread recipe</a></strong> Make this bean spread either chunky or creamy -- the choice is up to you. Lemon, feta cheese, and toasted cumin add layers of flavor.

  • Turkey And Quinoa Stuffed Grape Leaves

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/turkey--quinoa-stuffed-g_n_1062434.html" target="_hplink">Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Grape Leaves recipe</a></strong> This Greek classic take on a new twist with a filling of lean ground turkey and protein-packed quinoa. The stuffed grape leaves simmer until cooked through. Serve warm or cold with yogurt.

  • Fennel-And-Chicken Flatbread

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/fennel-amp-chicken-flat_n_1049266.html" target="_hplink">Fennel-and-Chicken Flatbread recipe</a></strong> Make mini pizzas using whole-wheat pitas. To make the topping, saute fennel, peppers and thinly sliced chicken together. Top each pita with the mixture, sprinkle on some cheese and bake. Serve the pita pizzas hot, warm, or even cold.

  • Cumin- And Lemon-Scented Green Olives

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cumin--and-lemon-scented-_n_1059494.html" target="_hplink">Cumin- and Lemon-Scented Green Olives recipe</a></strong> Transform ordinary store-bought olives into a flavorful Mediterranean appetizer. They're perfect for nibbling at any casual gathering.

  • Greek Fava With Grilled Squid

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/greek-fava-with-grilled-s_n_1061783.html" target="_hplink">Greek Fava with Grilled Squid recipe</a></strong> Squid is a favorite seafood in the Mediterranean. In this dish it serves as a topping for pureed split peas or "fava," which means bean puree in Greek.

  • Fennel-Garlic Chicken Legs

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/fennel-garlic-chicken-leg_n_1058386.html" target="_hplink">Fennel-Garlic Chicken Legs recipe</a></strong> To get the most flavorful and moist chicken on the grill, make sure to marinate the chicken overnight. This marinade recipe includes garlic, fennel seeds, and oregano. Slash the chicken to ensure the marinate penetrates the flesh.

  • Grilled Shrimp Skewers Over White Bean Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-shrimp-skewers-ov_n_1062198.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Shrimp Skewers over White Bean Salad recipe</a></strong> In this recipe, the lemon-and-herb dressing for the white bean salad doubles as the serving sauce for the grilled shrimp skewers. Use any of your favorite Mediterranean herbs.

  • White Bean Dip With Parsley Oil

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-bean-dip-with-parsl_n_1058792.html" target="_hplink">White Bean Dip with Parsley Oil recipe</a></strong> The parsley oil topping adds robust herbal flavor to the creamy bean dip. Serve with toasted pita or crackers.

  • Whole-Wheat Crust Zucchini Pizza With Garlic And Fresh Basil

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/whole-wheat-crust-zucchin_n_1057081.html" target="_hplink">Whole-Wheat Crust Zucchini Pizza with Garlic and Fresh Basil recipe</a></strong> This pizza recipe uses whole-wheat flour instead of regular to create an extra crispy crust. The pizza dough is topped with fresh mozzarella, zucchini, garlic and basil. It's then baked to perfection.

  • Greek Salad With Sardines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/greek-salad-with-sardines_n_1058099.html" target="_hplink">Greek Salad with Sardines recipe</a></strong> This version of Greek salad get an extra special topping: canned sardines, which are packed with flavor and healthy minerals. If it's available to you, try fresh sardines. Dust them in seasoned flour and fry in a little oil.

  • Pork Spiedini With Mushrooms And Bruschetta

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pork-spedini-with-mushroo_n_1062512.html" target="_hplink">Pork Spiedini with Mushrooms and Bruschetta recipe</a></strong> In Italy they call skewered foods "spiedini." In this recipe brined cubes of pork loin are grilled on skewers and served with bruschetta and grilled mushrooms.

  • Shrimp Saganaki

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/shrimp-saganaki_n_1061795.html" target="_hplink">Shrimp Saganaki recipe</a></strong> This dish is named after the Greek skillet that's used to make it. A saute of fennel, scallion and feta serve as a bed for shrimp.

  • Caprese Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/caprese-salad_n_1056042.html" target="_hplink">Caprese Salad recipe</a></strong> The classic Caprese salad is always a welcome addition to any Mediterranean table. Fresh heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil are a refreshing combination.

  • Grilled Pizza With Pesto, Tomatoes And Feta

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-pizza-with-pesto_n_1048911.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Pizza with Pesto, Tomatoes and Feta recipe</a></strong> In the summer make pizzas on the grill to keep the heat outside. This recipe has the pizza spread with pesto and topped with fresh tomatoes, feta and basil.

  • Grilled Eggplant Cannelloni

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-eggplant-cannello_n_1059175.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Eggplant Cannelloni recipe</a></strong> This recipe replaces cannelloni pasta with grilled eggplant slices, which are rolled up with a tomato jam filling and then baked. The tomato jam also works as a condiment on its own.

  • Baklava Cups

    Sunny Anderson puts a twist on the traditional Greek baklava.