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Mediterranean macadamia dishes to inspire your summer menu

Mediterranean feast for summer featuring macadamia nuts.

Macadamias add a luxurious Aussie touch to these delicious dishes which celebrate the flavours of the Mediterranean.

The traditional eating and cooking habits of those countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea are among the healthiest in the world … as well as the most delicious!

Adding Australian macadamias to Mediterranean-style recipes can result in a truly global food fusion that will keep everyone happy and healthy this summer.

What is Mediterranean-style eating?

The Mediterranean diet is one of the most studied in the world because of its incredible health benefits. Although not highly prescriptive, the diet involves eating plenty of plant-based products including vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices and olive oil. The diet encourages frequent intake of fish and shellfish and low amounts of red meats, dairy products and simple sugars. 

Mediterranean feast for summer featuring macadamia nuts.
Mediterranean feast for summer featuring macadamia nuts.

Perfect for entertaining

Mediterranean-inspired eating isn’t just about what you eat, it’s about how you eat. It encourages communal eating, celebrates simple flavours and even encourages moderate consumption of wine.

Platters and share dishes filled with healthy dips, vegetables, tasty meats, olives and nuts are easy to create and adapt for different dietary requirements. This makes Mediterranean eating perfect for entertaining, celebrations and long lunches with friends and family. Add in the creamy crunch of Australian macadamias and you have a recipe for success.

Scorched honey macadamias with buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto
Scorched honey macadamias with buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto

Key ingredients for Mediterranean-style dishes

Mediterranean meals use plants to pack their flavour punch, so if you want to add a touch of Mediterranean delight to your dinner, try incorporating these distinctly flavoured plant ingredients into your meals:

  • Fennel
  • Capers
  • Olives 
  • Capsicums
  • Eggplant.

Herbs like bay leaf, basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, or sage will also infuse your food with delicious Mediterranean flavour. Nuts, including macadamias, are also proven to make the Mediterranean diet even healthier, so don’t forget to include them when you cook.

Baked macadamia feta
Baked macadamia feta

Add Aussie flair to Mediterranean meals

This curated list of delicious recipes help you blend the benefits of macadamias with the best flavours of the Mediterranean! Give them a try today!

  • Mediterranean vegetable and macadamia pizza. This veg-heavy recipe makes a delicious light dinner or can be served as one element in a long-table lunch with friends. All of your favourite Mediterranean flavours are in there, as well as the nutty crunch of macadamias.

Chicken one pan bake with anchovy macadamias
Chicken one pan bake with anchovy macadamias

Calamari with fried parsley, macadamia and lemon zest topping
Calamari with fried parsley, macadamia and lemon zest topping and potatoes bravas with salted rosemary macadamias.
  • Potatoes bravas with salted rosemary macadamias. Macadamias add a creamy crunch to the soft potatoes in this Spanish-style dish. It’s perfect for a tapas spread, with lots of small, flavourful dishes. Try not to eat all the rosemary macadamias in one go – they are scrumptious!

What are your favourite Mediterranean-style ways to serve macadamias?

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