21 Easy Greek Appetizers (For Parties, Meze Platters & More!)

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Next time you need an appetizer for guests, or just a really good plate of party food, how about going Greek? Here are 21 crowd pleasing (not to mention healthy) Greek appetizers that are really easy to make.

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The Greeks are known for their amazing meze platters – that’s sharing plates to you and me. Imagine yourself sitting at a rickety wooden table below the Acropolis with an ouzo and a plate of delicious Greek nibbles. You get the idea…

A trip to Greece might be out of the question for any number of reasons right now. But hey, guess what? These very tasty Greek appetizers or starters are so easy to make yourself.

They also happen to make:

  • perfect party food (Greece themed party, anyone?)
  • easy Greek finger foods for picnics, and even lunch boxes and afternoon snacks
  • sharing plates (‘meze platters’) for a dinner party
  • ‘pre-dinner and drinks’ snacks
  • healthy side dishes for a barbeque or buffet

There’s such a good variety here: pies, fusion food, traditional vs. more modern recipes, vegetable appetizers, and some amazing crispy bites. There are also hot, cold and make-ahead Greek appetizer options. Enjoy!

Note: Planning a Greek themed dinner party and need ideas for mains as well? Scroll to the bottom for a few ideas!

1. Greek salad (Horiatiki salata)

Part of a big Greek salad in a white bowl with a big slice of feta cheese and oregano on top from above.

A Greek salad isn’t traditionally an appetizer, but it certainly is one of the most traditional dishes in Greek cuisine. Everyone seems to love it!

I happen to think it makes a fantastic appetizer choice! It’s light and healthy, and perfect for sharing with some fresh crusty bread or lots of pita bread.

I always make my Greek salads ahead of time, so this is also a great choice for super easy entertaining.

You can also check out this post on what to eat with a Greek salad for more serving ideas.

Part of a big Greek salad in a white bowl with a big slice of feta cheese and oregano on top from above.
5 from 7 votes

Classic Greek Salad

This incredibly delicious all-year-round traditional Greek salad (otherwise known as a horiatiki or village salad) contains just eight fresh ingredients – tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, green peppers, black olives, feta cheese, oregano and olive oil. Despite being super healthy, it's a huge crowd pleaser that literally everyone loves. Goes wonderfully well with so many meals, including classic Greek dishes, meatballs, pizza, burgers and more, but is equally as good on its own for lunch. This is one recipe you REALLY need to learn how to make – and make well!
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2. Greek chicken meatballs

A bowl of Greek air fryer meatballs garnished with lemon wedges and feta and there's a Greek salad at the side

These Greek chicken meatballs are incredibly versatile. Serve as an appetizer with fresh pita bread and a simple Greek lettuce salad (maroulosalata), or pop onto cocktail sticks and hand around at a party with a simple dip such as tzatziki sauce.

They’re also perfect for adding to Greek appetizer spreads (AKA mezze!).

These ‘keftedakia’ (mini meatballs!) are so easy to make. No chopping necessary. Just mix together the meat and mostly dried flavors and either air fry or oven bake.

A bowl of Greek air fryer meatballs garnished with lemon wedges and feta and there's a Greek salad at the side
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Easy Greek Chicken Meatballs

Greek chicken meatballs can be delicious AND quick and easy when you make them in your air fryer. Just mix together all the ingredients, shape quickly into bite-sized meatballs and air fry for around 10 minutes. They're incredible served with a Greek salad, tzatziki and toasted bread, but you can serve them in many other ways as well.
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Heaven in a pie

You can’t talk about Greek food without mentioning a pie or two. Everyone loves a good pie, right? No apologies for the fact that most of these Greek pies feature feta cheese!

3. Greek spinach and feta filo pie (spanakopita)

A round spinach and feta filo pie with a big piece cut out of it on baking paper and with a piece of the pie in the background.

No Greek appetizer spread would be complete without a traditional spanakopita (spinach and cheese pie)… or two, or three! This version is a genius ‘cheat’s’ option that’s surprisingly easy to make. Just line a cake pan with a few layers of filo pastry and scrunch it over the delicious filling inside.

This is a crispy crowd pleaser that’s perfect sliced and served as an appetizer with a generous spoonful of homemade tsatziki dip on the side.

A whole Greek spinach and feta filo pie on baking paper with a piece cut out and with a piece in the background on a plate
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Spinach And Feta Filo Pie

Ever tried Greek 'spanakopita'? This super easy (but impressive!) version, AKA feta and spinach filo pie, is incredibly delicious, and equally as perfect for a simple lunch for guests as it is for a midweek meal for the family. It also makes great party or picnic food! Made with just a few ingredients and a very simple but show stopping filo crust.
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4. Mini Spinach and feta filo parcels with tzatziki

A Greek spinach and feta filo parcel with a bite out of it and tzatziki on top with others in the background

If it’s easy Greek finger foods you’re looking for, you’ll love these cute little filo pies with all the flavors of your favorite classic spanakopita inside! All you do is pile the lovely Mediterranean flavours in the centre of some filo pastry and scrunch it up at the top.

Give them a try – they’re crispy, yummy, and much simpler than they look.

Crispy spinach and feta filo parcels, one with a bite out of it to show the spinach and feta filling inside, all on baking paper with ingredients behind.
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Mini Spinach And Feta Filo Parcels

Little squares of filo pastry topped with a feta, spinach and sundried tomato mixture and scrunched up at the top to make cute little parcels. If you love 'spanakopita' (Greek spinach pie), you'll love these too. Perfect for making ahead and freezing for parties. Simply bake straight from frozen.
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5.Feta filo pies with honey

2 feta filo pies with honey on white square plates taken from above

This is a filo pie with a difference. A true Greek meze dish, just as perfect for sharing on a terrace at sunset as huddled around a roaring fire in the winter.

Whatever the season, you don’t want to forget a little shot of ouzo to go with it. This is an incredibly simple and delicious appetizer, but don’t just take my word for it – try it for yourself!

feta filo pies with honey by Scrummy Lane
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Feta filo pies with honey

Make your own version of this classic Greek appetizer of feta cheese and honey wrapped in crispy filo pastry. Serve with a glass of ouzo or red wine. Who needs to go to the Mediterranean when the Mediterranean can come to you?
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6. Mini mushroom filo pies

Someone holding a crispy mushroom filo triangle with a bite out of it, a stack of them in the background

Been asked to take a plate of food to a party? These mini mushroom pies are perfect since you can make them ahead. They’re crispy, delicious little bites with a burst of creamy, mushroom-y flavor in the middle.

These also happen to be vegetarian which can be a nice accompaniment to a meat laden dinner or barbeque!

Someone holding a crispy mushroom filo triangle with a bite out of it, a stack of them in the background
4.86 from 7 votes

Easy Mini Mushroom Pies Recipe (With Filo Pastry)

Looking for an easy party appetizer that's sure to be a crowd pleaser? These mini mushroom pies only contain 7 main ingredients, but are absolutely delicious. Also perfect for making ahead and freezng. Just cook from frozen and add 5 minutes to the cooking time.
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7. Tiropitakia (mini feta cheese triangles)

Tiropita or mini Greek cheese pies on a cooling rack

These are a mini crowd pleasing version of one of Greece’s best known snack foods – tiropita, or feta cheese pies. The best thing about these, other than how delicious they are, is that you only need 5 ingredients to make them.

A mini Greek cheese pie just baked on a cooling rack and marble background with another pie in the background.

Tiropitakia (Mini Greek Feta Cheese Pies)

Need something really simple for a party? Try these easy, cheesy, crispy Greek mini feta cheese pies (AKA tiropitakia!) made with just filo pastry, feta cheese and a few other simple ingredients. Make them ahead, stash them in the freezer, and you’re ready to go!
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Greek fusion food

It’s Greek with a Mexican, Spanish or American twist!

8. Greek quesadillas

Greek quesadillas with tzatziki cut into slices on a white plate with a bowl of tzatziki on the side

I bet you’ve never heard of Greek-Mex! The filling in these delicious vegetarian quesadillas is similar to what you’d find inside a traditional Greek spanakopita (spinach and feta pie). But it’s sandwiched between two tortillas for a yummy Mexican twist.

This makes a great lunch for kids as well as a simple appetizer.

Greek quesadilla triangles arranged in a circle on a white plate with blue tea towel and ingredients around it.
4.74 from 15 votes

Greek Quesadillas With Tsatziki (Easiest Spanakopita!)

Ever tried Greek 'spanakopita' or spinach and feta cheese pie? If you have, you'll know how delicious it is. Try these Greek quesadillas – a lighter Greek-Mex version of spanakopita! – served with a traditional side of fresh and tangy tsatziki sauce.
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9. Greek chicken wings (or drumsticks!)

A big bowl of Greek baked chicken wings with olives and feta sprinkled on top

If you always go for the chicken wings first at a party, you’ve got to try these easy Greek chicken wings from the amazing blog Recipe Tin Eats. Just marinate in simple but yummy Greek flavours and bake. The best part? You only need 6 ingredients.

A big white dish of Greek baked chicken wings with feta and olives on top and an olive oil bottle in the background
5 from 1 vote

6-ingredient Greek Baked Marinated Chicken

Hands up who doesn't like marinated chicken…. Yep, thought so – there isn't a single hand. So pleeaase try these Greek baked chicken drumsticks, wings or thighs (your choice). They're sticky and caramelised and full of gorgeous Greek flavours.
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10. Greek nachos

Some holding a loaded Greek nacho above a white plate of them

Imagine a Greek salad… on top of a plate of nachos. Drizzle with tsatziki dip or Greek yogurt and you have a pretty cool appetizer plate that’s just a little bit different.

Closeup of Greek nachos on a white square plate.
5 from 1 vote

Greek nachos

If you like nachos, and you like Greek salad, these Greek nachos are for you!
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11. Tortilla pinwheels

Greek tortilla pinwheels on a black slate platter

One for the kids – both little kids and big kids! These tortilla pinwheels or roll-ups are perfect for parties, picnics, or even school lunch boxes. Just grab Geek salad ingredients, chop them up finely, scatter them over tortillas with a layer of cream cheese to keep everything together. Roll up and chop into tasty pinwheels!

Greek tortilla pinwheels with cocktail sticks in them on a black slate serving platter.
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Greek tortilla pinwheels

An easy little party appetizer that takes hardly any effort to make but looks pretty cute! Just chop Greek salad bits, scatter them over a feta and yogurt spread on a tortilla, roll up the tortilla, and chop into rounds. Delicious!
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12. Halloumi kebabs with chorizo, tomatoes and honey lime dressing

A closeup of 4 halloumi kebabs on a white platter and on a bed of green leaves with bread and lime segments on the side

I never met anyone who didn’t enjoy a classic Greek souvlaki (like these delicious chicken gyro pitas!), but these Mediterranean style kebabs are just a bit different.

Salty, crispy grilled halloumi and spicy chorizo go perfectly together, and you won’t believe how delicious it is piled into pita bread with the sweet and tangy honey lime dressing. Finish with a spoonful of tzatziki sauce for a classic Greek appetizer with a fusion twist.

A platter of halloumi kebabs with chorizo and tomatoes from above on a blue-grey background
5 from 7 votes

Halloumi Kebabs With Chorizo

Ever tried halloumi cheese? It's a salty sheep's or cow's milk cheese traditionally made in Cyprus and it's absolutely delicious when it's fried or grilled. I also think it works well like this – threaded onto skewers with tangy chorizo and juicy tomatoes… then drizzled with a simple honey-lime dressing. Enjoy at your next BBQ, picnic or party for something a little different – not to mention incredibly delicious.
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Delicious crispy bites

Greek finger foods that EVERYONE likes. Trust me.

13. Easy zucchini fries

A person dipping a zucchini fry from a big plate into a bowl of tzatziki sauce

Inspired by my days in Greece, these Greek zucchini fries are made with a light and crispy tempura batter. Make a big plateful for your next party and they’ll be gone before you can say tzatziki. Speaking of which… it just wouldn’t be right to serve these without a dish of traditional Greek tsatziki sauce.

A brown baking paper bag of zucchini fries
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Crispy Greek Zucchini Fries With Tempura Batter

Delicious and super easy Greek style zucchini fries in the lightest, crispiest tempura batter. They go wonderfully well as a side with any kind of meat, fish or vegetarian main. They also make a crowd pleasing appetizer to share. Don't forget a big dish of traditional Greek tzatziki sauce for dipping!
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14. Crispy halloumi fries

A stack of halloumi fries on brown paper and a blue marble platter with dips to the side

It’s hard to pick a favourite in a list like this with so much delicious food. But if I HAD to, these amazing crispy halloumi fries would be it. They’re incredibly easy and quick to make with just 3 ingredients. And trust me. EVERYONE loves them, from the kids to the grandparents.

If you prefer little bites to halloumi chips, try these crispy halloumi bites instead. I call them life-changing for good reason!

A stack of halloumi fries on brown paper and a blue marble platter with dips to the side
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The BEST Crispy Halloumi Fries (+ Air Fryer Option)

Really crispy fries… but they aren't regular fries. They're fried halloumi cheese – with easy, yummy dips like Greek yogurt and sweet chili sauce. A family favorite for years, these halloumi fries are the original recipe with just 3 ingredients (no breading necessary!). They truly are legendary. Everyone loves them, and they take just minutes to make. Will they become a new family go-to for you, too? Try them and see!
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15. Fried olives

Greek fried olives stuffed with feta cheese with cocktail sticks in them on baking paper

Crispy fried kalamata olives? Yep. Try these tasty morsels and get your mind blown. They’re easier to make than you might think. But you’ll wow the party guests every time with their crispy exterior and cheesy surprise inside.

A plate of Greek fried olives with a cocktail stick in them on baking paper on a white plate

Greek fried olives

Juicy olives stuffed with feta cheese and oregano and fried in crispy breadcrumbs. A tasty and moreish canapé that is ridiculously easy to make!
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Don’t forget the dips!

It’s not a real party without a dip… or 10. Right? But they don’t have to be complicated. Here are a few of my favourite Mediterranean dips.

16. 10-Minute Greek tsatziki dip

A closeup of a brown ceramic bowl of authentic Greek tsatziki with a spoon and with fresh dill and olive oil on top and on a wooden board and blue background.

I fall back on this classic Greek cucumber yogurt dip more times than you care to know!

It makes a fantastically easy, healthy, and refreshing dip to serve on the side with so many of the Greek appetizer recipes in this list. It goes with all of the pies and crispy bites, and you can even serve it with raw veggie dippers, crusty (Greek style, of course!) bread or the Greek baked pita chips featured below.

Serving a Greek appetizer platter? Don’t you dare serve it without a big bowl of tzatziki included!

Need more ideas? I also wrote a helpful list of ideas about what to serve with tzatziki dip.

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10 Minute Greek Tsatziki Sauce

Tsatziki (or tzatziki!) is a super versatile and easy sauce or dip that you'll find on every table in a Greek restaurant. It also happens to be super easy to make in around just 10 minutes. Simply mix Greek yogurt with cucumber, garlic, dill and lemon juice for a go-to healthy sauce that's equally as delicious on souvlaki, with grilled meats and potatoes or on its on as a dip.
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17. 5-minute tyrokafteri (Greek spicy feta dip)

Someone scooping up spicy feta dip with a homemade pita chip from an oval shaped dish with black and white rim on a black plate and blue background with more pita chips in the background.

You can make this creamy and punchy spicy feta dip in literally 5 minutes. Now that’s my kind of easy dip. Just throw jarred roasted red peppers, feta, olive oil, lemon juice and a few chili flakes in a food processor and pulse. Again, don’t forget the pita chips (see below!).

Someone scooping up spicy feta dip with a homemade pita chip from an oval shaped dish with black and white rim on a black plate and blue background with more pita chips in the background.
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Tyrokafteri (5-Minute Greek Spicy Feta Dip Recipe)

This classic tyrokafteri spicy whipped feta dip is made with just five simple Mediterranean ingredients – roasted red peppers (from a jar!), feta cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and chili flakes. It's unbelievably quick and easy to make, and so versatile to use. Ready for scooping up with homemade pita chips or serving in so many other ways in just 5 minutes!
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18. Greek tahini dip

A small bowl of tahini dressing with a spoon being held over it and a lemon in the background

Strictly speaking, this very healthy tahini sauce (naturally vegan and gluten free) is from the Middle East, but tahini is a very popular and well known Greek ingredient. So I think this simple sauce deserves a place in this list!

Once again, this is incredibly versatile. Serve it as a dip with zucchini fries or just fresh vegetables or bread. It’s also fabulous drizzled over salads, vegetables, and even meatballs and other proteins.

Give it a try. It’s absolutely delicious, and no one will believe you if you tell them how healthy it is.

A close up of a small dish of tahini dressing with a spoon drizzling tahini into the bowl
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5 Minute Tahini Sauce

This incredible creamy tahini dressing will rock your world – or at least your roasted vegetables, falafel and salads! Just combine tahini with lemon juice, garlic, water and a bit of cumin and salt and you're done. The dressing takes just 5 minutes to make and keeps in the fridge for a week!
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19. Sweet red pepper and eggplant dip

A bowl of red pepper and eggplant dip with a slice of lemon and on a red and white checked tea towel

One for Mediterranean diet lovers! This Greek style eggplant dip might not win much in the good looks department, but it sure makes up for it with deliciousness.

If you’re looking for a simple and very healthy vegan appetizer option, this is it. May I suggest serving on crispy toast with a slice of feta cheese on top? (either ordinary or vegan cheese!)

You could even go ahead and call this Greek bruschetta!

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Sweet roasted red pepper & eggplant dip

A sweet, smoky and vaguely nutty dip made from roasted peppers and eggplant and tahini paste. Delicious spread on bread and topped with feta cheese.
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20. Baked feta with tomatoes, peppers and olives

A dish of baked feta with tomatoes, feta and olives

This popular Greek appetizer – baked feta with tomatoes – makes a simple but unbelievably delicious lunch as well as an impressive Greek-style shared appetizer.

I can almost make this with my eyes closed. Just throw a whole block of quality feta in a small baking dish with a pile of Mediterranean vegetables, and bake. Grab some fresh crusty bread and dive in!

A dish of baked feta with tomatoes, peppers and olives from above
5 from 4 votes

Favorite Baked Feta Dip With Tomatoes, Peppers And Olives

A wonderfully simple Greek appetizer of baked feta cheese with tomatoes, peppers, olives, oregano and paprika. This hot dip tastes a bit like a warm Greek salad and is wonderful smooshed onto bread with or without a glass of ouzo or wine!
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21. Greek baked pita chips

A big bowl of homemade Greek pita chips nestled inside a blue tea towel

Last but definitely not least! I put these homemade pita chips in the ‘dips’ section because… well, OBVIOUSLY you need them to go with your dips! They’re unbelievably easy to make. Just cut pita bread into wedges, ‘paint’ with Greek flavours and bake.

Homemade pita chips in a blue floral bowl with feta dip, lemon halves, Greek salad and salt just visible at the sides, all on a mottled blue background.

Air Fryer Pita Chips (In 10 Minutes!)

Just made a dip? You're only 10 minutes away from having these easy Mediterranean style air fryer pita chips to go with it! Easily customize with different herbs and spices, and make them a day or 2 ahead if you like. Perfect for a quick and easy appetizer, snack or party food option!
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Great! But what about the main course?

OK, so you’ve got your delicious Greek appetizers sorted. Now what about the main? If you’re planning a Greek dinner party, here are a few suggestions as to what to serve:

  • For a feast fit for a (Greek) king or queen, my first choice would be this easy slow cooked Greek lamb (otherwise known as lamb kleftiko). It’s one of those recipes you’ll make once and it’ll become a firm family go-to.
  • Gemista! Otherwise known as Greek stuffed peppers and tomatoes! Give them a try. You won’t be disappointed.

For loads more ideas, browse all my Greek recipes.

Closeup of a dish of slow roasted Greek lamb in a white dish with colourful garnishes such as feta and lettuce



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Don't expect to find anything fussy or complicated here. Just QUICK, EASY & (mostly!) HEALTHY recipes from the Mediterranean and beyond. ENJOY!

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