Foodies Alert: 5 Best Traditional Santorini Dishes to Try

South Aegean, European Gastronomic Region 2019
Fava from Santorini (Courtesy: Gabi Ancarola)

When tourists visit the Greek island of Santorini, they are often surprised by the unique traditional dishes that are served by the locals at tavernas and restaurants.

If you want to be sure to not miss a single sumptuous bite, check out the list below of five of the best traditional dishes on Santorini.

1. Chlorotyri
We start our food journey on Santorini by letting you in on a unique cheese that is only found on the island. Chlorotyri is hard to come by as it is not made in large quantities. The taste of the cheese is a little sour but the creamy local treat made from goat’s milk is a favorite for spreading on bread or adding to a Santorini salad, which is like a traditional Greek salad but uses Santorini cherry tomatoes.

2. Fava
You can eat fava all over Greece, but in Santorini, it is considered a traditional dish and it is superb. Probably the most famous dish on the island, this nutritious purée of yellow split pea is really tasty and velvety in texture. It is served drizzled with Greek olive oil and topped with chopped onions or capers with lemon wedges on the side.

3. Ntomatokeftedes (tomato fritters)
This is a dish that Santorini is known for. Many people try ntomatokeftedes while visiting the island and then return to their own countries and try to make them for themselves (just do a Google search, you’ll find hundreds of recipes). What makes this dish so good? The Santorini tomatoes that are about the size of cherries and super flavorful. They are fried up in a batter with peppers, onions, mint, and herbs.

4. Melitzanes Santorinis (white Santorini eggplant) made into Melitzanosalata
The rich volcanic soil of the island is perfect for growing produce and one thing that you will find on Santorini is the white eggplant. Locals make a wonderful melitzanosalata, or purée, from this tasty veggie. Be sure to try it out with some fresh pita bread.

5. Apochti
The traditional meat dish called Apochti, is prepared by salting a pork loin and soaking it in vinegar before leaving it out to air-dry. Next locals prepare this Santorini specialty by rubbing pepper and cinnamon into the meat and leave it to harden and then use it in other locally prepared dishes. This meat is something very unique to the island of Santorini, so be sure to try some during your visit.