When you hear “Mediterranean food,” you probably think: hummus, falafel, and Greek yogurt. And that’s ok—I mean, Greek yogurt is kind of a dead giveaway.

However, one of the best parts about Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine isn’t the unique textures and flavors of farro, feta, or even the chicken shawa (although the shawa is amazing).

Nope, the best kept secret about Mediterranean food is the sauce.

Mediterranean Sauces: Mix & Match

Mediterranean sauces are an oasis of customizable flavors and tastes in a world where your options include “hot” or “mild.” Mediterranean food is built for layering. Sauces like tahini, tzatziki, and shakshuka blend crisp texture with creamy, spicy with cooling, and earthy with mineral in a thousand variations and combinations. What’s more, you can mix and match as you go, experimenting with every bite as you hone in on your perfect combination.

What’s more delicious than creating a unique, healthy meal perfectly suited to the tastes you crave?

Mediterranean Sauce Guide

At Nanoosh, each of our six unique sauces are made 100% in-house using a blend of fresh ingredients and classic recipes for an updated spin on traditional Mediterranean meals. But we know that even the tastiest sauces can be a little confusing if you haven’t tried them yet.

So to get you excited about the all those flavors on the side of your plate, here’s a complete rundown and description of six classic Mediterranean sauces:

Tzatziki

Cucumber and yogurt: simple, yet powerful. This Mediterranean staple provides the cooling refreshment perfect for mixing with any spice, no matter how potent. The mint and citrus bring this sauce to life with a luxurious mouthfeel and vibrancy, followed by a surprising cucumber crunch you can practically hear with each bite. Made fresh in-house everyday, this isn’t your typical tzatziki.

Bonus: “Tzatziki” might be the funnest word ever. Order it with confidence.

Tahini

Made from hulled sesame seeds, this ancient Mediterranean paste has the consistency of peanut butter. It’s perfect for spreading (on sandwiches) and dipping (pita), and the garlic and lemon in add a subtle kick to any meal.

Green Tahini

Exactly like traditional tahini with one refreshing twist—parsley. Green tahini takes this neglected herb and transforms it from “that thing you leave on the side of your plate” into a vibrant rush of earthy flavors, rich texture, and distinct aromas. Green tahini delivers freshly cut grass and spring freshness in every bite. Not only is green tahini delicious, it’s packed with iron and minerals you can practically taste.

Shakshuka Sauce

Traditionally served as a stand alone Mediterranean egg stew—that’s right, you can practically eat this hearty sauce by itself—shakshuka combines a chunky mix of organic tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, garlic, cumin, and olive oil to deliver a robust, earthy sauce perfect for any protein. Typically topped with eggs, shakshuka sauce pairs beautifully with everything from egg sandwiches to tuna.

Red and Green Hot Sauce

We also offer two hot sauces to give your marinated chicken breast that extra kick. Each hot sauce features a fresh mix of traditional Mediterranean spices—like cilantro—with peppers not found in the region—like jalapenos and habanero—for a spicy fusion that’s sure to satisfy your need for heat.

Authentic Mediterranean Taste

Enjoying authentic Mediterranean food on your lunch break has never been easier. Order your next sandwich, wrap, or powerfood plate with one of our handmade sides and expand your horizons beyond olive oil. Mix, match, and experiment until you find your perfect pairing—once you taste the vibrant flavors and rich textures just waiting for you on the side of your platter, you’ll be glad you did.