The best vegetarian dishes around the world


Wikipedia tells us that vegetarianism, or vegetarianism, is the diet whose principle is to stop consuming any type of meat. A regime that gains followers as the days go by and that, in many cases, goes beyond food to become a way of life in which respect for animals is above all else.

If you are interested in this type of diet or if you simply want to reduce the consumption of meat in your diets, the best vegetarian dishes around the world can serve as inspiration and help. Be that as it may, we trust you to enjoy this gastronomic tour. Do we start with it?

Mac and cheese

Not everything in American cuisine is hamburgers and sandwiches, one of its most classic dishes is Mac and cheese, a macaroni and cheese pudding tremendously popular in those lands. Behind this dish are the English settlers, who brought this comforting dish full of flavor to the new world. Comfort food at its finest.


Tender balls or pancakes made from humble and basic ingredients (chickpea, garlic, onion and coriander), falafel is one of the tastiest recipes in vegetarian cuisine. Encased in pita bread and garnished with tomato and green leaves is how they are served in many of the Middle Eastern countries that dispute their origin.


The taboulé is a salad of the gastronomy of the Middle East, very healthy and light. It is made with couscous and finely chopped vegetables. The choice of the latter varies depending on the area in which it is prepared, but tomatoes, peppers, etc. are not usually lacking. It is flavored with lime and mint juice, which makes it very refreshing.

Mutabal or baba ghanoush

Eggplant is a very present vegetable in traditional Arab cuisine. It is used as an ingredient in many elaborations or as the protagonist of dishes such as mutabal or baba ghanoush. A cream with a pleasant and light texture that is served as an aperitif and that awakens the most insatiable of eels.


Tzatziki is considered in Greece as a salad, although its appearance reminds us of a cream or dip and, therefore, we tend to consume it as an aperitif or sauce. Be that as it may, this dish made from cucumber, garlic and Greek yogurt is a true delicacy of the gods and one of the most refreshing recipes in this compilation. It's very quick and easy to prepare, so why don't you dare to check it out for yourself?


Greek cuisine is full of recipes suitable for vegetarians. Among the most popular, in addition to the tzatziki that we just saw, are the dolmades. They are little packages of rice wrapped in grape leaves, a very original and tasty combination. They can also be found stuffed with meat, but we forget about them for today.


As with falafel, the main ingredient in hummus is also chickpea, an element widely used in cooking throughout the Middle East. This cream is usually accompanied by pita bread, which is used as an edible spoon, and is generally served as an aperitif. Supports multiple versions: pesto, beet, piquillo, avocado, etc.

Melanzane alla parmigiana

From our Italian neighbors we highlight the aubergines with parmesan or melanzane alla parmigiana. One of the most internationally popular classic dishes from southern Italy. It consists of a kind of vegetable lasagna, in which the eggplant acts as the pasta and is accompanied by a natural tomato filling and Parmesan cheese.

Onion soup

Onion soup is considered native to France, but there are many countries that introduced it to their culinary repertoires so many centuries ago that they also consider it their own. In its beginnings, this soup was considered a poor man's dish due to its humble ingredients. But today it occupies an important and deserved place in French gastronomy.


Although in Spain we are very fond of meat and fish, we can also boast of highly relevant vegetarian dishes. Gazpacho is one of them and, more specifically, the traditional Andalusian gazpacho. One of the star recipes of the summer, when the heat begs us for light and refreshing food.

Spicy potatoes

We continue with Spain and we mention one of the most classic appetizers in the country: patatas bravas. These potatoes are the queens of tapas and there is no bar that does not include them in its menu. Making them at home is very simple, so the next time you feel like it, encourage yourselves to prepare them yourself.

Guacamole with tortilla chips

We cross the pond with a stop in Mexico, where we find guacamole, one of the most popular dishes on the planet. Deliciously smooth and refreshing, it is an inexpensive bite to prepare and that, served with tortilla chips or homemade nachos, constitutes a luxury appetizer on its own, although it can also be served as part of another dish.


Borsch, a traditional Polish soup, is one of the jewels of its most traditional cuisine. It is made from beets, hence its characteristic color, potatoes and other vegetables. It can be taken both hot and cold, the latter accompanied by sour cream. In any case, it is an outstanding dish that is worth trying.

Spring rolls

Raise your hand who has never eaten spring rolls. Traditional Chinese cuisine, if you have not tried them before you are already taking time to do so. Juicy and tasty vegetables garnished with soy sauce and broth are what is hidden inside these little packages of wheat or rice pasta. A classic among classics.

This is our personal compilation. We show you the 14 best vegetarian dishes around the world, but they are not the only ones. Therefore, we would love for you to let us know your favorite vegetarian recipes through the comments section and thus be able to increase this list in order to benefit us all equally.

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