Greek Flavors on the Grill to Enjoy This Summer

Summer is the season for grilling, giving home cooks a break from the hot kitchen, so add some Greek flair to your grilled dishes this time of year, or any time. If you’re watching your salt intake, the feta added to the following dishes is often all the salt needed.

Greek-Style Stuffed Mushrooms

4 tablespoons Greek extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided

A pinch of Greek sea salt

4 portobello mushrooms (about 14 ounces), wiped clean, stems and gills removed

1 cup chopped spinach

1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes

1/3 cup crumbled feta Dodonis

2 tablespoons pitted and sliced Kalamata olives

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, and the salt in a small bowl. Using a silicone brush, coat mushrooms with the oil mixture. Place on a prepared grill over medium heat and grill until the mushrooms are mostly soft, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together the spinach, tomatoes, feta, olives, oregano, and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium bowl. Once the mushrooms have softened, remove from the grill and fill with the spinach mixture. Return to the grill until the tomatoes wilt a bit.

Greek Grilled Pizza

1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough

1-2 small-medium plum tomatoes, thinly sliced

2 cups thinly sliced summer squash

1 cup crumbled feta Dodonis

1 teaspoon Greek dried oregano

Freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat grill to medium-high. Roll dough into a 12-inch oval on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a lightly floured large baking sheet. Bring the dough, tomatoes, squash and feta to the grill. Oil the grill rack. Transfer the crust to the grill. Close the lid and cook until puffed and lightly browned, 1-2 minutes. Using tongs, turn the crust over. Top the crust with the tomatoes, squash, and feta. Close the lid and cook until the cheese is melted and the crust is lightly browned on the bottom, 2-3 minutes more. Return the pizza to the baking sheet. Top with oregano and pepper, serve immediately.

Greek Salad with Shrimp

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil

1 large garlic clove, finely grated 

12 ounces peeled and deveined cooked large shrimp

6 small cucumbers, sliced

12 sweet mini peppers, cut into bite-size pieces

8 small round tomatoes, cut into wedges

1 small-medium red onion, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon Greek sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 ounces feta Dodonis, crumbled into large chunks

1 cup fresh mint leaves

1 cup fresh basil leaves

Whisk together the vinegar, oil, and garlic in a large bowl. Add the shrimp, cucumbers, and mini peppers; toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate up to 30 minutes. Add the tomatoes and onion to the shrimp mixture. Season with black pepper and salt and mix well. Fold in the feta, mint, and basil just before serving.


For families who settled for smaller gatherings and remote blessings during the height of the pandemic, this Thanksgiving looks like the return of the big bash.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Search Effort Intensifies after Indonesia Quake Killed 271

CIANJUR, Indonesia — More rescuers and volunteers were deployed Wednesday in devastated areas on Indonesia's main island of Java to search for the dead and missing from an earthquake that killed at least 271 people.

ATHENS - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis paid a visit on Saturday to the Police Station of Kallithea, the southwestern suburb of Athens, which houses an Operational Office dealing with domestic violence of a network of 18 such centers incorporated in police stations.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — When officials unfurled a 25-foot rainbow flag in front of Colorado Springs City Hall this week, people gathered to mourn the victims of a mass shooting at a popular gay club couldn't help but reflect on how such a display of support would have been unthinkable just days earlier.

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The Biden family's tradition of eating lunch, shopping and watching a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Nantucket on Friday became mostly about keeping the president's 2-year-old grandson from having a meltdown.

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — Respect achieved.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.