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".
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.
They may be stewed on the range-top or baked in the oven.
They are often served warm or at room temperature, and are popular in the summer. They are also commonly eaten as a fasting food.
- Vegetables including green beans, zucchini, okra, leeks, and eggplant
- With lemon, peas, artichokes, fava, carrots, and zucchini
- A mixture of vegetables, called tourlou (Greek), türlü (Turkish), or briam.
- İmam bayıldı
- Many kinds of leaves rolled around fillings (sarma)
- Many kinds of stuffed vegetables (dolma)