If you’re on a vegan diet and haven't yet ventured into the land of Middle Eastern food, you're missing out big time!
As someone who is on a plant-based diet and is of Middle Eastern heritage, I’ve curated this list of delicious and satisfying vegan recipes from within Plant Based Folk and from other talented food bloggers.
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Why Middle Eastern Food is Good for Vegans?
The Middle Eastern diet is naturally loaded with vegetables, nuts, grains and legumes.
Many traditional dishes are naturally vegan or can be easily adapted to be sans animal products.
Additionally, Middle Eastern cuisine makes use of a lot of herbs and spices to create bold and complex flavors that you might happen on for the first time.
The cuisine features a lot of healthy and nutritious ingredients like lentils, chickpeas, beans and fresh vegetables and herbs.
Making it a great choice for anyone looking to eat a healthy and balanced diet.
In this collection of vegan Middle Eastern recipes, you'll find exotic and enticing flavor profiles.
From common flavors such as the tangy brightness of lemon juice (or any citrus) and black pepper/cayenne pepper, or the aromas of 7 spices.
Or the fragrant rose water and orange blossom water which is used in cooking and desserts.
Let's not forget the texture and flavor of nuts like pine nuts, or fresh herbs, or grains like bulgur and wheat berries all are traditional ingredients that make these vegan recipes so delicious.
At the core of eating like a true Middle Easterner, a table is typically filled with many small share dishes, this style of eating is called mezze.
This list will give you many options to create a nice mezze if you'd like.
Vegan Middle Eastern Breakfast Recipes
There are many accidental vegan Middle Eastern breakfast dishes to choose from.
And the best part is the fact that most meals consist of whole foods.
Ranging from creamy chickpeas (garbanzo beans) known as musabaha, to satisfying fava beans aka ful mudammas or squash with bulgur.
Creamy Chickpeas Breakfast
Grey Squash With Burghul
Vegan Middle Eastern Lunch Recipes
In this section of vegan Middle Eastern lunches, you'll find not-so-known recipes such as hindbeh, made with wild greens.
A simple salad of butter bean salad or wholesome freekeh soup made with ancient grains.
Hindbeh bi Zeit
Egyptian Tomato and Spinach
Fried Cauliflower with Tahini
Braised Green Beans
Butter Bean Salad
Roasted Eggplant Salad
Cold Potato Kibbeh
Vegan Harira Soup
Best Vegan Shawarma
Persian Shirazi Salad
Spiced Vegan Couscous Salad
Lebanese Lentil Soup
Mshaatt Cauliflower Fritters
Crisp Arabic Salad
Vegan Khoresht E Karafs
Easy Lebanese Falafel
Vegan Shish Tawook
Vegan Middle Eastern Dinner Recipes
Vegan Middle Eastern dinners can be a real fan-fare.
Ranging from rice dishes like maqlouba (upside down rice), to stuffed vegetables such as mahshi malfouf (stuffed cabbage rolls).
Or simple lentils and pasta soup.
Kuwaiti Vegetable Stew
Lentils and Pasta Soup
Burgul bi Banadoora
Upside Down Rice
Lebanese Potato Stew
Omani Qabooli Rice Dish
Swiss Chard Rolls
Vegan Middle Eastern Dessert Recipes
Middle Easterners really know how to make amazingly sweet desserts.
This section will give you recipes for vegan atayef, sugary pancakes stuffed with nuts (no not the breakfast kind)
Sahlab a warming dairy-free milk drink and baklawa, the famous layered phyllo pastry filled with nuts.
Middle Eastern Stuffed Pancakes
Riz bi Haleeb
Vegan Middle Eastern Condiment Recipes
No cuisine is complete without good condiments, in this section you will find dips, sauces, spices and more, such as Lebanese zaatar, famous garlic dip called toum and Lebanese hummus.
Yogurt Sauce with Garlic
Lebanese 7 Spice
Whether you're a seasoned vegan or just looking to try something new, the above collection of vegan Middle Eastern recipes will sway you to consider eating some of the foods I adore on a plant based diet.
So grab some pita bread and get ready to enjoy some bold and flavorful dishes!
You might also want to check out this list of vegan Lebanese recipes or this list of delicious Lebanese salads or perhaps this list of delicious Lebanese stew recipes.
Which above recipes do you like? Leave a comment below.
These are great Middle Eastern Vegan recipes! I've tried a few of them and looking forward to try more!