October 16, 2021

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23 Mediterranean Recipes That Are on the Keto Diet

When it comes to eating healthy, it seems like everyone’s buzzing about two diets in particular. On one hand, you have the ketogenic (aka keto) diet: a pretty strict regimen that’s all about burning fat and losing weight by following a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet. On the other hand, you have the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes filling your plate with healthy whole grains, veggies, beans, low-fat dairy, nuts, fish, lean red meat and olive oil (it’s hardly a diet at all). The two eating plans might sound like they’re totally incompatible, but we can prove that’s not the case with these 23 Mediterranean keto recipes that are low on carbs and packed with flavor.

Foods You Can Eat on a Mediterranean Keto Diet

  • Healthy fats: To fill the keto fat requirement, load up on Mediterranean staples like olive oil, seeds and nuts instead of butter.

  • Seafood: Fish and seafood are staples on the Mediterranean diet, and they’re good sources of protein and fat.

  • Vegetables: Focus on high-fiber, nutrient veggies like leafy greens and cruciferous veggies (you know, like Brussels sprouts and broccoli).

  • Lean meat: While the Mediterranean diet is typically low in red meat, make a keto compromise by choosing lean, lower-fat varieties.

  • Dairy: Eat dairy in moderation, and choose options like feta cheese, Greek yogurt and Parmesan.

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A decadent sauce with lots of spinach and sun-dried tomatoes? This is amore.

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It’s the ultimate comfort food with a keto-friendly twist.

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In case you’re wondering, we’re repurposing this spice rub for salmon too.

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Make a big batch and keep it in the fridge all week.

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Appetizer? Nah. We’re making this our whole damn dinner.

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Close your eyes and you’re in the Greek Isles.

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Pomegranate molasses adds a tangy finish that will have you coming back for seconds.

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Even seafood skeptics will be won over by this dish. Swordfish is so mild, it almost tastes like chicken.

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A fresh, filling dinner that’s ready in under 30 minutes? Don’t mind if we do.

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With some ripe produce and a blender or food processor, you can make this chilled soup in no time.

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Bonus, this one also happens to be vegan.

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It’s healthy without leaving us hungry in 15 minutes—aka exactly what we’re craving.

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Cauliflower rice doesn’t have a ton of flavor on its own, but adding a few classic Greek flavors (like olives and feta) is a genius update.

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We’re definitely not complaining about the level of bacon here.

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The flavors of this dish originate in southeast Africa. It’s fresh, easy, super low-carb (just five grams per serving) and too delicious to pass up.

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Yep, pasta is on your diet. This dish calls for tofu shirataki noodles to keep the whole thing low in carbohydrates.

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It’s the next best thing to having an actual Italian grandma.

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Baked cheese as your dinner? You better believe it. (Just skip the pita bread to keep it keto.)

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This one tastes super indulgent (thanks to juicy pieces of tomato and a dusting of Parm) but is actually low cal, low carb and packed with protein.

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Is there anything cauliflower can’t do?

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If you’ve never tried halloumi cheese, now’s your chance. When grilled, it gets melty on the inside but keeps its satisfyingly chewy bite.

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This would go great on a bed of spaghetti squash.

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It’s a classic with a twist. We added grilled zucchini slices for a modern update.

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