While Mediterranean food has a reputation for succulent lamb and delicious kabobs, the vegetarian dishes in this diet is where innovation and flavor truly thrive. The best Mediterranean food restaurants know how to make vegetarian food so good, you’ll wonder why you ever ate meat in the first place.

Whether you’re a vegetarian or simply want to enjoy the simplicity of a meatless meal, try these simple, traditional Mediterranean dishes.

Stuffed grape leaves

Stuffed grape leaves are one of the most popular foods in Greek cuisine. This diverse dish can be stuffed with just about anything, including meat. But this dish is best-known for its meatless options which are packed with flavor and dexterity. Many grape leaf recipes are made with a mix of onions, scallions, herbs like dill and mint, lemon, yogurt, and rice. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, nothing will.

When you’re looking for a vegetarian meal, try this iconic Greek dish at your local Mediterranean restaurant.

Fried okra

Fried okra is both a Mediterranean staple and a southern charmer in the United States. Okra is a warm-season vegetable that’s common in the Mediterranean. This vital crop offers numerous health benefits thanks to its high nutritional value and dexterity as a plant. After all, nearly the entire plant can be used, including the leaves, flowers, pods, and seeds.

Okra is a great complement to any dish since its mild flavor meshes with just about anything. When you want to enjoy the fiber, vitamin K, and folates present in this vegetable, frying it with Mediterranean spices can give it an entirely new flavor. The high fiber content is enough to fill you up without the need for meats or other proteins.

What makes this vegetable truly unique is the mucilage, a natural film akin to the inside of an aloe vera plant. This can thicken stews and sauces when okra is added to a recipe.


Not only is this dish fun to say, but it’s also fun to eat! This Maghreb dish is made from durum wheat semolina with a stew served on top. This stew can be meatless or doused in rich proteins, so be sure to ask your waiter about vegetarian couscous options. When cooked properly, couscous is light and fluffy. You know you’re eating poorly prepared couscous when it’s gummy or gritty.

For the best simple but delicious Mediterranean food Houston has to offer, head on over to Aladdin’s. We know that online delivery is expected to grow by 12% each year in the next five years. So whether you want to eat in or dine out, we have everything you need to make your meal a truly delicious dinner. Check out our catering menu for Mediterranean take out today.