From a refreshing citrus salad to a juicy Greek-style turkey burger, these meals are brimming with health perks.

By Anthea Levi
Updated: December 17, 2018

You probably know all about the health benefits of eating like a Greek islander. Research has proven the Mediterranean diet can do wonders for your heart, brain, mood, and waistline. But maybe you're a little tired of the same-old kebabs and tomato-cucumber-feta salad. Enter Live to Eat: Cooking the Mediterranean Way (; $30), the latest cookbook from chef and restaurateur Michael Psilakis. It's filled with dozens of fresh recipes, made with healthy fats and nutrient-rich produce, that will make you want to move to Greece (seriously). To give you a taste of how Psilakis combines simple ingredients to create mouthwatering dishes, we pulled three of our favorite recipes from his book. Scroll down to learn how to make a citrus salad with yogurt, tzatziki sauce with warm pita and crudités, and a juicy Greek-style turkey burger.

Citrus Salad With Greek Yogurt


Serves: 4

1 ruby red grapefruit, segmented with its juices

1 Cara Cara or other navel orange, segmented with its juices

1 key lime, segmented with its juices

16 oz. Greek yogurt

Sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

1 Tbsp. honey

8 mint leaves roughly chopped

Cucumber Yogurt Dip With Crudités and Warm Pita


Serves: 4 to 6

Cucumber dip (tzatziki)

Makes: 5 ½ cups

3 cloves garlic, peeled

½ cup white vinegar or white wine vinegar

4 cups Greek yogurt

1 large English cucumber, ends trimmed, peeled, and halved lengthwise, seeds discarded and flesh cut into ¼-inch dice

3 Tbsp. loosely packed chopped fresh dill

2 tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper

NOTE: Be sure to remove all of the seeds from the cucumber; they release water, which will make the dip too loose.

Crudités and warm pita

2 rounds whole wheat pita

1½ cups Cucumber Yogurt Dip (see above)

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Pinch fresh ground black pepper

2 pounds mixed fresh vegetables such as carrots, celery, broccoli, grape tomatoes, and peppers, cut into matchsticks or bite-sized pieces

RELATED: 22 Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Greek Turkey Burgers


Makes: 4

Extra virgin olive oil, for rubbing

¼ cup milk

2 slices whole wheat bread, crusts removed

1 lb ground turkey

1 tsp. (heaping) Garlic Puree

Kosher salt

Fresh ground black pepper

¼ cup Cucumber Yogurt Dip

4 whole wheat English muffins, split and toasted

½ lemon

8 (¼-inch-thick) slices beefsteak tomato

8 thin-sliced red onion rings

½ cup packed arugula

3 Tbsp. loosely packed chopped mixed herbs (dill, parsley, mint)

Excerpted from the book LIVE TO EAT by Michael Psilakis. Copyright 2017 by Michael Psilakis. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company.

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