There’s just something about vegan Middle Eastern food that screams spiced, delicious, and mouth-watering. If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern recipes and are wondering how to incorporate it into your plant-based diet, this roundup is for you. These recipes are a perfect addition to your diet, and you won’t want to miss them. Don’t forget to check out these vegan Middle Eastern recipes and many others on our Food Monster App!
1. Hummus with Macadamia Dukkah
Source: Hummus with Macadamia Dukkah
Hummus is mostly known as an appetizer or dip of the middle eastern world. This Hummus with Macadamia Dukkah by Judy Moosmueller is a variation with macadamia nuts (native to Australia) and dukkah, which is also a middle eastern condiment. Tastes beautiful and adds some extra healthy fats.
2. Tofu Shawarma
Source: Tofu Shawarma
3. Sabich Spaghetti Squash
Source: Sabich Spaghetti Squash
This delicious Sabich Spaghetti Squash by Paris Marash contains eggplant, spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, and beans and takes inspiration from the popular Israeli dish sabich, which in Hebrew is an acronym for a popular dish consisting of salad, egg, and eggplant. This meal is totally vegan, totally filling, and totally easy to make! Not to mention low carb, low fat, and full of healthy nutrients your body will love!
4. 5-Minute Harissa Eggplant Kebabs With Cucumber Mint Relish
These spicy, sweet, and satisfyingly 5-Minute Harissa Eggplant Kebabs With Cucumber Mint Relish by 15 Minute Vegan: Fast, Modern Vegan Cooking are perfect for grilling! The harissa adds the perfect amound of heat that is quickly cooled down by the refreshing cucumber mint relish. Serve these kebabs in soft flatbreads with the tangy relish, jewel-like pomegranate seeds, and a generous drizzle of tahini.
5. Spicy Middle Eastern Braised Chickpeas With Cauliflower
Chickpeas and cauliflower are braised in a spicy, fragrant coconut and tomato sauce made with a homemade spice blend. Smoky cumin, turmeric, cloves, coriander, and cardamom dominate the flavor profile of this Spicy Middle Eastern Braised Chickpeas With Cauliflower by Tara Binder. Serve this simple, flavorful dish with rice, flatbread, or with your favorite grains.
6. Seitan Kebabs With Sangria Tomato Salad
Seitan is a complete protein with the mouthfeel of meat, make great kebabs, especially when made with the flavorful marinade. The tomato salad was inspired by a thing called spootie, which is basically a bunch of fruit soaked in liquor overnight. Sangria on steroids is really what it’s like. These Seitan Kebabs With Sangria Tomato Salad by Ayinde Howell are made with white wine and cherry tomatoes to make a savory salad.
7. Roasted Beet Falafel With Green Tahini Dip
You may be thinking ‘if you’ve seen one falafel you’ve seen them all’ – Prepare to be amazed. These ruby red Roasted Beet Falafel With Green Tahini Dip by Anupama Paliwal get their color and a subtle earthy flavor from the roasted beets and then they are slathered in a green tahini dip that’s creamy and bursting with flavor. Plus, you’ll get to learn how to make your own tahini paste.
8. Cauliflower Shawarma With Pomegranate, Tahini, and Pine Nuts
This is a wonderful twist on the Middle Eastern classic, shawarma. The roasted cauliflower bites are packed with spices and aromatics that will leave you wanting more after every bite in this Cauliflower Shawarma With Pomegranate, Tahini, and Pine Nuts by Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli. Plus, the garnish of pomegranate seed, tahini, and pine nuts makes this dish perfect for your social media feeds.
9. Beetroot Falafel Rainbow Salad
Source: Beetroot Falafel Rainbow Salad
These falafels store well in the fridge so you can pull them out when in need of a quick lunch or easy dinner, and they freeze well too. Serve this Beetroot Falafel Rainbow Salad by Dani Venn with cashew mayo or a pesto for more of a kick!
10. Braised Tofu Doner Kebab in Pita With Yogurt Sauce
Doner kebabs are an iconic Turkish dish that features slow-cooked rotisserie meats stuffed into pita bread or on top of flatbread. In this Braised Tofu Doner Kebab in Pita With Yogurt Sauce by Philipp Ertl, instead of the doner, you use braised, spiced tofu. Braised tofu is very versatile and I use it for many different dishes- from quick vegan pastas to tofu scrambles. For the yogurt sauce, use store bought soy yogurt (or any plant-based yogurt you like), and some garlic and salt.
11. Eggplant Hummus With Turmeric Crackers and Tomato Cilantro Crackers
We are huge fans of dip here and this Eggplant Hummus With Turmeric Crackers and Tomato Cilantro Crackers by Parsley Vegan is definitely at the top of our list of favorites and, as an added bonus, the turmeric crackers and the tomato cilantro crackers that go with it are out of this world. This recipe is perfect to throw together before having a party.
12. Ayurvedic Falafel
Source: Ayurvedic Falafel
Ayurveda regards mung beans as ‘king’ of all beans. Mung beans help balance all three doshas in our bodies so it is naturally tridoshic and the best part about these beans is it’s easily digested in our bodies in addition to removing toxins along the way. Eating this Ayurvedic Falafel by Akshata Sheelvant has so many advantage not to mention the AMAZING taste. The added side benefits are huge, this dish is cooling for your body in summer, balances your Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas, and includes medicinal spices like turmeric, coriander. and cumin which are so beneficial for our bodies.
13. Silken Tofu Shakshuka
Source: Silken Tofu Shakshuka
Shakshuka is one of those breakfast recipes that has steadily gained popularity in the last couple of years, but anyone who’s enjoyed a North African or Middle Eastern breakfast will be familiar with its rich and tangy flavors. Typically topped with eggs, this Silken Tofu Shakshuka by Laura Hemmington substitutes them for seasoned silken tofu, giving you a genuine, egg-free shakshuka experience. This is an easy one-pan meal best served with bread that’s perfect for soaking up all the flavorful tomato sauce.
14. Iranian Eggplant and Chickpeas Stew
This Iranian Eggplant and Chickpeas Stew by Danielle Joy is the perfect dinner. The texture of the eggplant and chickpeas go so well together, and the sweetness of the dates and apricots blend perfectly with the cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and turmeric. Plus, eggplants protect the brain by fighting free radicals, and chickpeas help lower risk of colon problems.
15. Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad
Source: Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad
The words “potato salad” don’t seem to generate a lot of excitement but that being said – this Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad by Taylor Kiser is making our hearts race. The tender chunks of sweet potato are covered in roasted pistachios, chopped cucumbers, fresh tomatoes, a pinch of fresh mint, and then finished with a creamy cashew dressing that has the lemony perfume of Moroccan spices which make this salad truly unique.
If you’re looking for more awesome recipes like these, check out Almost Always Vegan! Try These Tasty Middle Eastern Recipes and 15 Meatless Middle Eastern Recipes You Have to Try.
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