Polenta is one of my weeknight cooking staples because it’s super quick to make, inexpensive, and low in calories (Win Win Win!). I also love how it can be reinvented in so many ways. Not only can you can pair it with things like roasted brussel sprouts, eggs, or pot roast, but you can also use it to make mini pizzas!

Since I have been craving foods with fresh basil and sundried tomatoes, I decided to make this light and healthy Greek Polenta Recipe. The best part: you can make everything in less than 20 minutes so it’s perfect for weeknight cooking.


Easy Greek polenta recipe

All you need is some fresh Basil, Greek Olives, Sundried Tomatoes, Feta, Polenta, and Balsamic Glaze.

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I use Trader Joe’s polenta roll but you can easily find other variations at different grocery stores. First, slice the polenta and cook it in a greased pan for 10 minutes on medium heat. Flip the polenta over after 5 minutes. (Tip: if you like it crispier — cook it for an extra couple of minutes). While the polenta is cooking, chop the basil and portion out the feta, olives and sundried tomatoes.

Easy Greek Polenta Recipe

When the polenta is done cooking, place it on a plate topped with the basil, feta, and Greek olives. Heat the sundried tomatoes on the warm pan for about a minute, and then add them on top of the polenta. Drizzle with some balsamic glaze and voila! — dinner is served.

Easy Greek Polenta Recipe

Easy Greek Polenta Recipe

Greek Polenta
Serves 2
Crispy polenta topped with sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, feta, and Greek olives.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Roll of Polenta
  2. 3 TBS Sundried Tomatoes
  3. 1 Cup of Freshly Chopped Basil
  4. Greek Olives (however many you prefer)
  5. Salt & Pepper
  6. 1 TBS Olive Oil
  7. Balsamic Glaze
  8. Feta Cheese
Instructions
  1. Spray your cooking pan with non-stick cooking spray and heat on medium
  2. Slice the polenta roll
  3. Add the polenta slices to the pan and flip over after 5 minutes
  4. Drizzle the polenta with a little olive oil for taste
  5. While the polenta is cooking, chop the basil and portion out the sundried tomatoes and Greek Olives
  6. When the polenta is finished, add the sundried tomatoes to the pan for just a minute or two to warm them up
  7. Plate the polenta with fresh basil, feta, sundried tomatoes, Greek olives, and drizzle with some balsamic glaze
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 What are you favorite ways to use polenta? What’s your favorite easy weeknight meal?

16 Comments on Greek Polenta

  1. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
    February 10, 2016 at 5:16 am (8 months ago)

    Yum! I NEVER buy polenta but this recipe may warrant such a purchase 🙂

    Reply
    • A Cup of Kellen
      February 10, 2016 at 8:27 am (8 months ago)

      I love buying polenta since it’s so inexpensive and easy to make! The Trader Joe’s roll is my favorite since you can just slice it and heat it on a pan.

      Reply
  2. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
    February 10, 2016 at 8:13 am (8 months ago)

    Kellen I love this! So creative but so simple! This would be a BOMB lunch (I love polenta and olives, never had them combined though). Brilliant!!

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    • A Cup of Kellen
      February 10, 2016 at 8:28 am (8 months ago)

      I totally recommend you try it Chrissa! I’ve had it for lunch and dinner and it’s both satisfying and refreshing every time 🙂

      Reply
  3. Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things
    February 10, 2016 at 8:43 am (8 months ago)

    I’ve never even heard of polenta.. is that bad!? Haha this recipe looks really good! I’ve been making a lot of salsa chicken in the crockpot recently. 2 ingredients and enough to last several days so clearly it’s one of my faves:) Haha

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    • A Cup of Kellen
      February 10, 2016 at 9:59 am (8 months ago)

      Haha definitely not a bad thing 🙂 My mom used to make it for us growing up which is why I was stoked to find the easy rolled version at Trader Joe’s! I was just telling Diana from Live Lean Eat Green that I need to break out my crockpot. I’ve had it for years and haven’t used it. The chicken and salsa combo sounds amazing!

      Reply
  4. Diana
    February 10, 2016 at 9:47 am (8 months ago)

    I see that polenta every time I go to Trader Joe’s and always want to buy it then realize I have no idea WTF to do with it..until now. This looks AMAZING!!! It’s going into my weekly meals next week 🙂

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    • A Cup of Kellen
      February 10, 2016 at 10:00 am (8 months ago)

      Yay! Let me know what you think! I always use the polenta with shaved brussel sprouts, some parmesan and an egg on top!

      Reply
  5. rachel @ athletic avocado
    February 10, 2016 at 2:49 pm (8 months ago)

    I can’t beilieve that I haven’t had polenta in so long, time to change that! I usually serve mine plain on the side of some type of protein and veggie but I love this greek style version!

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    • A Cup of Kellen
      February 11, 2016 at 9:28 am (8 months ago)

      I love plain polenta with eggs or other proteins and veggies too! I just wanted to switch it up a bit 🙂

      Reply
  6. Alexa [fooduzzi.com]
    February 10, 2016 at 4:12 pm (8 months ago)

    Oh, these look so divine! I’ve actually never had polenta (what?!), but I’ve put it in my basket at TJ’s at least a dozen times before setting it back because I don’t know what to do with it. I may just have to buy it this weekend to make this recipe!

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    • A Cup of Kellen
      February 11, 2016 at 9:29 am (8 months ago)

      You totally should! It’s so easy to cook. I usually slice it and cook it in a pan on medium heat with some olive oil for 5-6 minutes on each side. I prefer it a little crispier 🙂

      Reply
  7. Margaret @ youngandrungry
    February 11, 2016 at 9:21 am (8 months ago)

    I’ve actually never made polenta, but you make is sound so easy and the Italian in me knows I need to try it even if this is a greek version!

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    • A Cup of Kellen
      February 11, 2016 at 9:30 am (8 months ago)

      I’m Italian too so my family makes polenta pretty frequently – mostly with protein like beef, steak, or veggies. I like this Greek version since it’s a bit lighter 🙂

      Reply
  8. Allison C.
    March 6, 2016 at 7:25 pm (7 months ago)

    Oh wow. I’ve totally forgotten about T.J.’s polenta rolls! I need to stock up, and I need to make this after doing so. 😉

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    • A Cup of Kellen
      March 7, 2016 at 7:23 am (7 months ago)

      They are the best and just so easy to make!

      Reply

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