This year I travelled to Greece for a week. I visited Lefkada, and pretty much the whole of the Ionian! Being a Coeliac abroad isn’t always easy, so in this post I have featured some of the food I had that will be fine for someone with coeliac disease and of course the places that I visited along the way. Opa!
Foods to avoid in Greece:
Kalamari -Kalamari is coated in a flour batter or any other fish that has a flour batter (ask first before you order)
Meat balls (Keftedes)-They are made with breadcrumbs
Pastitsio-You can guess from the name it has pasta in it and it’s not Gluten free
Bread-It may look appetising sitting there in the basket, but it won’t be Gluten free
Any pastry or delicious cake that you may see in the local fournos-I have to endure watching my dad stuff his face with Bougatsa (custard pie) Spanakpopita (spinach pie) Loukoumadas (honey soaked doughnuts), the list goes on…while I munch on my gluten free biscuits. It is hard, but believe me you can do it!
Here is an idea of some of the food you can have in Greece:
Feta or grilled feta or haloumi
Grilled meat and fish
Any vegetable dish that doesn’t have a sauce containing gluten
Gyro without the pitta bread
Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves with rice and herbs)
Melitzanes Fourno (Baked eggplant with tomatoes, onions and feta)
When you are out and about have these words and phrases handy.
Is it cooked with flour? Είναι μαγειρεμένα με αλεύρι/Eínai mageireména me alévri ?
Does this food contain…
Αυτό το φαγητό περιέχει …/Aftó tó fagitó periéchei …
There are various dining out cards in different languages that you can download and print which will come in handy or you could download an app for your phone. See my post on My Tips for A Gluten Free Holiday for more information!
I hope this will help you on your travels to Greece!