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Ladera (Greek λαδερά), zeytinyağlı (yemekler) (Turkish), or bil zayt (Arabic بالزيت) is a category of vegetable dishes cooked in olive oil in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, notably Greek, Turkish, and Arabic cuisines. The name in all these languages means "with (olive) oil".[1]

Ladera consist of vegetables, plain or stuffed, cooked in a tomato, onion, garlic, and olive oil sauce, and usually do not contain meat. Formerly, lemon juice was used when tomatoes were out of season.[2]

They may be stewed on the range-top or baked in the oven.

Ladera can be served on their own, typically with feta cheese and bread, or with potatoes, bulgur, or pasta. They may also be served as a side dish to fish or meat.[2]

They are often served warm or at room temperature, and are popular in the summer. They are also commonly eaten as a fasting food.[3]

Examples include:

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  1. ^ Paola Gavin, Mediterranean Vegetarian Cooking, ISBN 1590771915, 2005, p. 261
  2. ^ a b Aglaia Kremezi, The Foods of the Greek Islands, p. 177
  3. ^ Βασιλεία Λούβαρη-Γιαννέτσου, Τα Σαρακοστιανά 50 συνταγές για τη Σαρακοστή και τις γιορτές (Lent foods: 50 recipes for Lent and the holidays), 2014