14 + 1 Vegan Mediterranean recipes to Charm Your Palate

The Mediterranean diet is rightfully one of the best diets in the world, thanks to its numerous health benefits! The same can be said about the vegan diet, which has become more popular over the last few years. But, can you combine those two diets to create delicious vegan Mediterranean recipes that marry taste with creativity and an abundance of nutrients? Of course, you can! The vegan and Mediterranean diets complement each other perfectly, allowing you to embrace the bountiful harvest of nature while promoting your overall well-being!

In this article, we are going to share with you simple and delicious vegan Mediterranean recipes with a modern twist that will inspire you to embark on a gastronomic journey, exploring new culinary territories. Let’s get started! 

15 drool-worthy vegan Mediterranean recipes

  1. Dolmas with tomato salad

The legendary dolmas (or dolmadaki) meet the fresh Mediterranean tomato, creating a delicious and filling salad that’s elevated by the crunchiness of the oil rusks. Ready in just 15 minutes, dolmas with tomato salad is the perfect option for those busy days when you’re craving something quick and nutritious!

  1. Baked giant beans cream with cherry tomatoes & lime

Giant beans are among Greece’s most popular legumes, thanks to their rich flavor and protein content! In this recipe, they are transformed into a smooth cream and combined with sweet cherry tomatoes and lime, creating a flavorful and zesty dish. This dish goes well with other appetizers, like dolmas, and is perfectly paired with wine!

  1. Chickpeas moussaka

Who said that the infamous Greek moussaka can’t be eaten by vegans? It absolutely can, simply by switching some ingredients! Here, the ground beef is switched with chickpeas, one of the best plant-based sources of protein, and the cream sauce is prepared without milk. The result is simply irresistible!

  1. Greek island fava with mushrooms & cherry tomatoes

One of the most delicious and popular Mediterranean spreads, fava (split fava beans) is the perfect alternative to non-vegan and unhealthy options, like mayonnaise. In this Greek island-inspired recipe, fava is combined with juicy mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, creating a dish that overflows with flavor!

  1. Chickpea balls

Chickpea balls, the Greek version of falafel, can be eaten both as an appetizer and as a main dish. Quick, easy to make, and filling, thanks to their high protein content, they can be put into tortillas, sandwiches, salads, or just be eaten on their own dipped in a tangy tahini sauce!

  1. Chickpea soup braised with cauliflower

This hearty dish is perfect for those chilly days when you’re craving something warm, wholesome, and aromatic! In this mouthwatering recipe, the chickpeas are cooked in a pot with cauliflower, a delicious tomato sauce, and a little bit of white wine, which takes flavor to the next level!

  1. Potato salad with red roasted peppers

A potato salad is always a good idea, especially a Mediterranean vegan potato salad. The red roasted pepper makes all the difference in this dish, while briny olives and sweet cherry tomatoes create a feast of flavors that will make you feel transported to the Mediterranean!

  1. Baked aubergine puree pie

If you are vegan, you might think that preparing a flavorful pie is tricky, but this recipe is going to change your mind! Baked aubergine perfectly complements the parsley and the red roasted peppers, creating a mouth-watering filling that is ideally combined with the traditional phyllo dough.

  1. Salad with chickpeas & grated cauliflower

A fresh chickpea salad is a great way to get the protein you need and feel full and nourished! This super-easy chickpea salad with grated cauliflower is a nutritious bomb that tastes divinely. If you’re into meal prep, you can prepare it on the weekend, portion it into small food containers, and keep it in the fridge for a few days.

  1. Red roasted pepper pesto with whole grain penne

In this recipe, the flavorful red roasted pepper blends beautifully with spearmint, parsley, and hazelnuts to create a rich and creamy pesto sauce you are going to love. Trust us, you will savor every bite of this hearty pasta dish with red roasted pepper pesto!

  1. Cannelloni with roasted eggplant pulp

Another delicious pasta dish, these cannelloni with roasted eggplant pulp are the perfect alternative to the cheese and meat-filled cannelloni. What’s more, they’re much healthier! One of the most beloved vegan Mediterranean recipes, cannelloni will definitely become one of your new favorites.

  1. Risotto with vine leaves

A more sophisticated alternative to the Greek classic rice with spinach, this risotto is another version of the stuffed vine leaves (dolmas). Featuring Mediterranean ingredients, like olive oil, dry white wine, dill, and onions, this recipe brings a feast of flavors to your plate!

  1. Sweet & spicy dolmas wrapped in eggplants

Who said that the infamous dolmas can’t be upgraded? Simply choose the sweet and spicy dolmas with cherry peppers and wrap it in baked eggplants. The result will definitely leave you craving for more!

  1. Risotto with Greek island chickpeas

There’s something about the combination of rice with chickpeas that is simply irresistible! This recipe highlights the flavor of these two ingredients, combining them with simple yet delicious ingredients, like onion, dill, and virgin olive oil, while a drizzle of lemon puts the perfect finishing touch to the dish!

  1. Bruschetta with baked giant beans, spinach & groundnuts

Bruschetta couldn’t be missing from our list of the most delicious vegan Mediterranean recipes! Perfectly paired with wine, these bruschetta combine the creamy baked giant beans with spinach and crunchy groundnuts that take the dish to the next level!

Flavor, fresh ingredients, high nutritional value, interesting twists… Vegan Mediterranean recipes are fascinating! So, try the enticing recipes we shared with you and let the vegan version of the Mediterranean diet excite your taste buds.

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