Dear fellow food-lover,

Tapas , antipasti , hors d’oeuvres , meze . In the Mediterranean, many meals start with an assortment of local dishes or what can be called "small plates." Typically, these are small bites that feature vegetables, whole grains, fish, legumes, nuts, and/or seeds.

Take a tour of small dishes across the Mediterranean in this week's Fresh Fridays blog, and t he next time you have a dinner party, try some of them when your guests arrive, including the recipes listed below.
Small Dishes of the Mediterranean
Learn about classic plates meant to be savored over casual conversation with friends and family.
Protein-packed and full of flavor, these deviled eggs are elevated by smoked salmon and lightened up with Greek yogurt. This recipe is simple enough for your afternoon snack but would work just as well as an elegant appetizer at your next gathering.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Dish on Fish .
Fresh avocado hummus is simple to prepare, creamy, and a delicious change from classic hummus recipes. This hummus is a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin K, along with manganese and vitamin B6.

Recipe and photo courtesy of California Avocado Commission .
The entire beet plant—roots, stems and greens—can be used for this appetizer. The beets are roasted, then pureed with goat cheese for a creamy spread. The greens and stems are sautéed with olive oil and garlic for the topping.

An Oldways recipe and photo.
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