When it comes to their traditional foods, Europeans are usually pretty uptight. While classic recipes are crafted over the generations, the reality is that perceptions of health are changing. People today prefer to go vegan, thanks to the increasing knowledge about food and its relationship to our bodies.
Cheese, cream, milk and meat are included in most of Europe’s classic dishes. However, a lot of these dishes do have their vegetarian alternatives. Just think of how much fun it would be to make plant-based version of all of them.
Whether you’re planning to embark on a culinary tour of Europe or not, the following dishes will let you explore the continent’s diverse cuisine.
Vegan Greek Salad
The basic Greek salad generally consists of lots of feta cheese, tomatoes and olives. But it will also be heavily coated in some form of oil. Did you know that it is quite easy to re-create this salad in a more nutritious way? With kale, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, olives and crunchy pine nuts, Greek salads were never so tempting.
Vegan French Onion Soup
At times, you will feel the need to nourish the body with some energizing food. You can easily prepare this soup without beef broth and wine. Be sure to caramelize the onions so they’re really rich and tender and add more vegetable stock if omitting the wine. The vegan butter makes all the difference as the depth of flavor it provides is magnificent.
Souvlaki is another dish that can be made vegan pretty easily. It is a typical meat dish on skewers with vegetables and halloumi cheese in between. To go vegan, just remove the meat and add more veggies.
Goulash is a Hungarian classic made of meat and vegetables. This dish can be made vegan by texturing it with vegetable protein instead of meat. Served in a bread bowl, this dish is perfect for anyone who likes their dishes with a meaty texture.
Chickpea Blinis With Grilled Vegetables and Lemon Cream
The beauty of Chickpea Blinis is that you can fill them with whatever you like, even leftovers from last night’s dinner. Topped with a tangy lemon cream and filled with grilled vegetables, it is the perfect light meal.