10 Vegan Levant Recipes You Need to Try

Culture Tuesday is a weekly column in which Best of Vegan Editor Samantha Onyemenam explores different cultures’ cuisines across the globe through a plant-based and vegan lens. Before you start exploring vegan Levant recipes, you might want to click here to read her original column about Levantine cuisine.

This is a complementary piece to my article on Levant cuisine. This article is a compilation of 10 amazing dishes from various countries within the Levant region. Some of the recipes are globally popular, especially within the vegan community while others are dishes that might be new to people from other cultures. Either way, these vegan Levant recipes are easy to follow, made from a range of fresh and nutritious ingredients. I am sure you will love these dishes!

10 Vegan Levant Recipes You Need to Try

Bamia b’zeit by Zaatar and Zaytoun

Bamia b’zeit is a Lebanese stew made by cooking okra in a fresh tomato sauce. It is sweet, savory, and spicy from the use of pomegranate molasses, and green chillies in addition to the predominantly savory ingredients the dish consists of.

10 Vegan Levant Recipes You Need to Try

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Baklawa by Plant-Based Folk

Baklawa is a sweet dessert of South Turkish origin. It is made by filling layers of filo pastry with chopped nuts (usually pistachios or walnuts), sweetening them with syrup, and baking until golden. 

10 Vegan Levant Recipes You Need to Try

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Atayef by Plant-Based Folk

Atayef is an Iraqi stuffed/loaded pancake dish in which pancakes are filled with a nut mixture, brushed with a simple syrup and baked till shiny and golden.

10 Vegan Levant Recipes You Need to Try

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Fasouliyeh by Demeals

Fasouliyeh is a bean stew most common in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. It is made with white and/or green beans, depending on the region, cooked in a herby and garlicky tomato sauce. For this recipe, Waseem makes homemade vegan meatballs to replace the dish commonly found in the more conventional/traditional version of this dish.

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Seitan Shawarma by One Arab Vegan

Shawarma is a Lebanese dish consisting of fresh vegetables, pickled vegetables, a tahini dressing, and strips of, in this case, meat substitutes, such as seitan, wrapped in a delicious flatbread. It truly is a beloved and popular dish.

10 Vegan Levant Recipes You Need to Try

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Fattoush by Jenan Zammar

Fattoush is a Lebanese Levant salad made with fried pieces of khubz (flatbread), a mixture of green leafy vegetables, as well as herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and radishes. It could also include pomegranates, root vegetables, spices, and lemon juice for added flavor and a sweet element to the dish.

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Ades Bhamoud by Your Lebanon

Ades Bhamoud is a Lebanese lentil soup consisting of lentils and chard, as its name suggests, as well as herbs, spices, lemon juice, potatoes, and aromatic vegetables.

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Yalanji by Demeals

Yalanji is a Syrian dish made of seasoned rice and vegetables stuffed and rolled within grapevine leaves. It can also be made by stuffing other vegetables such as courgettes (zucchinis) and aubergines (eggplants) with the rice and vegetable mixture. The final dish is served as a cold appetizer.

10 Vegan Levant Recipes You Need to Try

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Musakhan by One Arab Vegan

Musakhan is a Palestinian Levant dish. Traditionally, it is not vegan. However, Nada has made a vegan version of it using cauliflower florets and chickpeas to replace the main non-vegan ingredient. The creamy tahini dressing also includes non-dairy yogurt to maintain the creamy deliciousness of it.

10 Vegan Levant Recipes You Need to Try

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Falafel by Zaatar and Zaytoun

Falafels are deep-fried bite-sized balls of a mixture of dried chickpeas, dried fava beans, herbs, and spices. It is one of the most popular, and loved, vegan-friendly Levant dishes found as a vegan option at both cultural and non-cultural food establishments in various countries.

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Author: Samantha Onyemenam.

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