In its Mediterranean Menu Trends and Insights, Food Genius details the ingredients, proteins and dishes most commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine in the U.S., based on menu data and analytics. With the cuisine’s emphasis on plant-based ingredients, health experts have promoted Mediterranean cuisine as a healthful, well-balanced diet that could curb memory loss as the brain ages.
Food Genius believes opportunities exist for non-Mediterranean restaurant operators to incorporate customer-pleasing Mediterranean ingredients and flavors into their menus. For example, Greek yogurt continues to gain popularity; note that three of the following five recipes feature Greek yogurt. Consumers also are broadening their horizons when it comes to Mediterranean flavors. The recipes herein are inspired by the flavors and ingredients of Greece, Morocco, regions of Italy and Catalonia.