Easy, Frugal Mediterranean Platter

Need a simple, classy budget-friendly way to serve guests? This Meze Platter is the perfect summertime meal for entertaining!

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I’m tired of fighting nature. For some reason, in the summer I forget that turning on the oven and stovetop will turn the entire house to Hades.

So this year I’m focusing on more harmonious meals. We’re making simple foods that feature seasonal veggies and don’t require cranking up the AC.

This simple Mediterranean Meze Platter fits perfectly. It’s meant to be served when the temperatures rise and the oven should stay cold.  It begs to be served to guests and lingered over while you focus on your people and less on the kitchen.

Our budget-friendly take on the meze platter is light, filling, and only takes 10 minutes to prepare – including washing and chopping the vegetables and bread. Since the vegetables are in season, they are the most delicious and least expensive you’ll see them all year. Scroll past the recipe to get budget-friendly hacks and homemade versions which save money and feature clean ingredients.

Easy, Frugal Mediterranean Platter - This fresh, simple vegetable tray is light, filling, takes all of 10 minutes to prepare, and uses seasonal summer vegetables. Gluten-free, paleo, and dairy-free options. From CheapskateCook.com

Normally, Meze is served as an appetizer, but let’s be honest. It’s the perfect summertime meal. Pair it with some grilled chicken for the meat-lovers and serve on a bed of lettuce or Simple Yellow Mediterranean Rice.

This is our favorite way to feed guests in the summer because it is:

easy,

delicious,

healthy,

budget-friendly, 

simple to adapt to food allergies,

and looks classy

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag a photo #cheapskatecook and @cheapskatecook on Instagram.

Easy, Frugal Mediterranean Platter

Use seasonal vegetables to get the most flavor and the best prices!

Author: Stephani Jenkins
Ingredients
  • Cucumbers, sliced
  • Carrots, sliced
  • Bell peppers, sliced
  • Sweet baby peppers, whole
  • Cherry tomatoes, whole
  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki (cucumber sauce)
  • Babaganoush (eggplant dip)
  • Pita, cut into wedges or halved
  • Bread, sliced
  • Grilled chicken, thinly sliced
  • Chick peas, canned and drained or homemade
  • Kalamata olives
  • Dates, dried
  • Feta, cubed
  • Fresh parsley and mint, chopped and sprinkled across the platter
Instructions
  1. Choose your favorite ingredients from the list above. Arrange them in bowls and on a platter as desired.

  2. Serve as finger food, a pita bar, or a salad bar.

Recipe Notes

Homemade Hacks

You can take the homemade part of this as far as you like. Obviously, you can buy dip and bread at the store. But if you have the time/desire/need­-to-­be-­frugal/need-­to-­avoid­-preservatives, make your own ahead of time with these recipes.

I try to streamline most of my cooking to 1-­2 days a week. This works especially well in the summer because I only heat my kitchen once or twice. This way I still make food from scratch that saves money and avoids undesirable ingredients.

Let’s also remember how superior homemade dip is to store-bought.

Here are some homemade recipes:

Easy, Frugal Mediterranean Platter - This fresh, simple vegetable tray is light, filling, takes all of 10 minutes to prepare, and uses seasonal summer vegetables. Gluten-free, paleo, and dairy-free options. From CheapskateCook.com



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